The United Nations’ gardens are open again to visitors so the AIWC quickly organized a tour of this large park upon which the United Nations sit.
The gardens have a fascinating history of families who donated and sold land to the city of Geneva, the League of Nations and the United Nations. Since these organizations are separate entities; years of negotiations, trades and barters were concluded in order to create the UN that we see today.
For me the highlight of the tour was stepping out the door of the Palais des Nations and being blinded by the reflection of the sun off this cream marble building towering above me. The Palais des Nations emanates strength and structure.
Equally powerful was standing amongst the flags of the 193 member nations.
The gardens were lovely with trees dedicated to past Secretary Generals and impressive pieces of artwork. The wild meadows had unfortunately been mowed. So words of advice- tour the gardens before the mowing months of June, September and November. Though interestingly, the November mowing is done by sheep!
We are a group of international women living in Geneva, Switzerland. If you would like to join the AIWC, please visit our website at http://www.aiwcgeneva.org/