Leaving on a Jet Plane-Geneva, Switzerland

Leaving on a Jet Plane-Geneva, Switzerland

Leaving on a Jet Plane

I’m off to Geneva Switzerland tomorrow to help a client and her fiance to settle into their new apartment. Yes…I am excited to work with a long time client and friend, and yes…it is a wonderful and challenging project. Here is just a little of what it will entail. 

  • My client will be getting married.
  • It’s the first time she will be formally living with someone since college.
  • We are merging two adult households into an apartment that is half the size, or less, then either of their homes in Nashville.
  • It’s a foreign country where none of us speak the language.
  • Although well traveled, my clients have never lived outside of the US before.
  • While it is an apartment they will only be living in for 3 to 5 years, never the less it’s their first home together.
  • Geneva is in the top 5 most expensive cities to live in, in the world.
  • Nashville is not!
Besides painting, and unpacking the container sent from Nashville with their things, we will also be traveling to the Loire Valley, to the small town of  Linières Bouton. There we hope to find lamps and some miscellaneous pieces of furniture that we’ll need to complete the  set up of the apartment.
The goal…everything will be painted, unpacked, hung and in working order before I come back home in 14 days!
The great news is…I posted on FB this plea:
“I’m headed to Geneva Switzerland early September for a project. Does anyone have any connections there? Painters, wood workers, great grocery stores, fun shopping? I would love to start my planning and could use a little help!”
I got help! A friend and old client connected me with the name, intro through email and FB, of an old friend of hers now living in Geneva. He is currently renovating his home, and…low and behold, everyone I need for this project is lined up and scheduled! That, in my not so subtle way, was my plug for the power of social media.
You won’t be seeing many posts over the next two weeks, but I’ll pop in every now and then to say hey, and share a little inspiration.
Wish me well. I’ll be writing more about my travel adventures upon my return. Santé!




  1. Franziska San Pedro 11 years ago

    Bon voyage und gute Reise!
    Have a safe trip and enjoy the beautiful mountains in Switzerland. It’s been a while since I have been there the last time but the mountains and the lake should be still there 🙂
    I am sure you will find everything you need to complete your job. So nice to have social media and people who can help to connect you.
    Safe travels!

    Franziska San Pedro
    The Abstract Impressionist Artress

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      irene Turner 11 years ago

      Thanks so much Franziska, I’ve been over here for about 4 days now and I am so happy to be here. I do love travel and to Europe especially. The project is coming along, visited the flee market and found some great items for our project.
      Happy Sunday to you.

  2. Leslie Adamson 11 years ago

    What a wonderful project and doing it with friends is always special. We will miss you for the next couple of weeks. Work hard and play hard. Take pics of everything Irene, I thoroughly love your work. Have a safe trip!

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      irene Turner 11 years ago

      Thanks so much for your good wishes Leslie. Everything is going well, although not much internet connect to keep in touch. It’s actually kind of freeing! “See” you more consistently soon

  3. Ruthie Staalsen 11 years ago

    Can’t wait to hear all about it. International travel is always such a great experience especially when you get to do what you love when you get there! Hope it’s filled with success! Can’t wait to see what you do!

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      irene Turner 11 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by Ruthie and for your good wishes! I can’t wait to see how it all turns out too

  4. I’ve seen the posts from while you were/are there, but hadn’t seen the one that started it all! What a great trip, it seems like it has been a blast. Loved reading about it and seeing all of the pictures! How long was this flight?

  5. I can’t imagine such change! Going from never having lived with one another before and never having lived outside the US, to living together AND doing it in a foreign country! I wish them the best of luck, sounds like they will have quite an adventure together. 🙂



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