There’s nothing like walking up 157 narrow steps to whet your appetite. Walking through the Old Town of Geneva, Switzerland, the Masked Diner accepted a challenge to go up to the spire of the ancient St. Peter’s Cathedral (where John Calvin preached). So he climbed the steep winding stairs to the spire to have a spectacular view of Geneva and environs.
Aside from a great view of the city, MD had an ulterior motive: the challenging climb would be a perfect excuse to treat himself to a great dinner afterwards.
Even before you get to negotiate the stairs INSIDE the church, you get to negotiate the many stairways leading TO the church. After an unseasonably wintry week, Geneva’s streets were icy and slippery. By the way, The restaurant to the left of the stairs is one of the few in Geneva that deliberately does NOT serve alcohol. Perhaps it’s because inebriated people could never hope to make it up these stairs to the church.
After gingerly making his way up, MD finally caught his first glimpse of the church from a parking lot behind the building.
Inside the church, the real job began, as MD negotiated 157 narrow, winding steps up to the tower.
The atmosphere was eerie, specially since MD seemed to have come at a time when there were only few tourists around.
Success! MD made it up the stairs and walked past this silent sentinel to get to the balconies offering the spectacular views of the city.
And the view was as advertised. Even on a winter’s day, the view was breathtaking — or rather, would have been breathtaking if MD hadn’t already been out of breath due to the climb.
Next came the easy part: going back down the stairs, which was approximately 300% easier than going up. And the best part: a well-earned raclette dinner
Note: For a slightly longer account of this epic climb, check out this other blog