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Lausanne

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  • Day105

    Lausanne, Switzerland

    September 19, 2017 in Switzerland

    Lausanne is a city on Lake Geneva, in the French-speaking region of Vaud, Switzerland. It’s home to the International Olympic Committee headquarters based here since 1914, as well as the Olympic Museum and lakeshore Olympic Park. Away from the lake, the hilly old city has medieval, shop-lined streets and a 12th-century Gothic cathedral, which is regarded as Switzerland’s most impressive piece of early Gothic architecture. We are staying in the pretty waterfront area of Ouchy. Snow-capped mountains and beautiful harbour surround us. Switzerland’s only metro, which is right next to our hotel, connects you to the Old Town. We did it the best and easiest way - caught a train to the top of Old Town and wound our way down the very hilly streets - saved our legs after the 332 steps in Strasbourg!Read more

  • Day106

    On the road again! (Lausanne➡Sallanches)

    September 20, 2017 in Switzerland

    We almost drove around the entire lake on our way to Sallanches - the lake is shared between France and Switzerland, and overlooked by the Alps. We drove via Geneva, at its southern tip to the southern French side, lunched at Port de Rives, Thunon-les-Bains, a fishing port where the restaurants serve fresh fish caught that day. We ate a white fish called féra (French name; lavaret in Suisse) - very tasty. We then continued around the lake until we crossed the border into Switzerland again stopping at the Chateau de Chillon for afternoon tea. From here we turned around and headed for our destination for the next 2 nights - Sallanches.Read more

  • Day2

    von Lausanne nach Aigle (I)

    September 4 in Switzerland

    Hab den ersten Tag gut überstanden. Bin von Lausanne nach Aigle gekommen. Heute früh um halb acht gestartet. Nach 5 km ein Schiff zum Chateau de Chillon genommen und den Rest wieder gelaufen. Die Umgebung ist super schön, aber man läuft die ganze Zeit auf Asphalt und das merkt man am Abend. Die Beschilderung ist miserable und ohne die netten Schweizer wäre ich nie angekommen.

  • Day1

    The Beginning

    September 3 in Switzerland

    Bin gut angekommen. Mit dem ICE von Mannheim nach Bern und weiter mit dem IC nach Lausanne. Heute Abend teile ich mir ein Dreibettzimmer mit einem Italiener und Schweizer in einer Jugendherberge. Beide sehr nett, hilfsbereit und kommunikativ. Nach der anstrengenden Anreise ein guter Ausklang. Heute nur noch unter die Dusche und dann schlafen.

  • Day35

    Lausanne

    May 12, 2017 in Switzerland

    Today was meant to be horrible weather - only got damp once - so headed to Lausanne for some sight seeing.
    It is in quite a stunning setting, set on Lac Lemon and is also set on a pretty steep hill.. as our legs found out.
    Spent hours in the Olympic museum (I am a big fan) which is well worth a visit as theres so much to see and so many good stories to ignite your Olympic flame!
    Set off up lots of hills and steps to reach the Cathedral, great view from the outside.
    Took a picnic as our budget doesn't stretch too far here in Switzerland
    Tomorrow is our last day and although we wanted to visit the Matterhorn we may have to save it for another trip.. will wander around the local area instead.
    Next stop, Milan :)
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  • Day189

    Day 190: Watch-Making and Driving

    August 23, 2017 in Switzerland

    Long day of driving today, but they're all going to be fairly busy days! We left our Airbnb fairly early again, though not quite as early today since I could move the car between a couple of different spaces and reset the timer. But we were on the road by 10, heading north-west into the hills towards the watch-making towns of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle.

    These are world heritage listed because the watch-making industry that Switzerland is so famous for, essentially got its start here. And after a devastating fire in 1794, the rebuilt town was entirely planned around the industry.

    So all of the buildings are on the northern side of the valley, facing directly into the sun. They're all precisely east-west aligned to maximise sunlight, and not too tall to block light for the buildings behind. Watch-making requires copious light to do the intricate assembly and manufacturing, and so maximising natural light was very important. The streets were also very wide and straight, so that the huge amounts of snow in the winter can be easily cleared. It's interesting to think as well, that watch-making arose as a winter pastime, since the farmers needed something to do while their fields were snowed in.

    But to be honest, aside from the visitor's centre with an interesting and detailed film, there just wasn't that much to see. We followed a suggested UNESCO route from the visitor's centre, but a lot of the buildings are just people's houses and offices these days. You can't go inside, and of course, there's traffic rumbling past constantly and people on the streets so it's not too easy to film either.

    In the end we did what we could, grabbed some bread and cheese at a supermarket and ate our lunch in a park. We were probably there for less than 3 hours, oh well! We decided to skip on the sister watch-making town, even though that one is apparently a bit more picturesque.

    Back in the car and driving south now, as we headed towards the city of Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva. The landscape got more rugged as we headed south, eventually finding some proper mountains, some with a little snow.

    We were a bit ahead of schedule and couldn't check into the Airbnb until after 5pm, so we decided to drive on from Lausanne into Geneva, since it's only another 30 minutes. There's a UNESCO listed building there, part of the Buildings of Le Corbusier listing which we checked out. A large old apartment building from the 1920s which looked quite modern, though obviously we can't visit inside.

    Parked in a separate car park and had a quick look at the foreshore of Lake Geneva. It was quite busy and touristy, with boats coming and going and an enormous water jet out in the lake shooting water 200 metres into the air. Wandered around the waterfront gardens for about 45 minutes, but soon decided we'd seen enough.

    Back to the car where we drove the 30 minutes back to Lausanne and found our Airbnb. It's in the hills above the city, just a single bedroom in a large 4-bedroom duplex house (quite modern). Our room is large, probably originally the master bedroom, and other rooms are occupied by a Swiss student and an American student, while the owner lives in the fourth bedroom slash basement.

    The owner was an older lady, originally Dutch but living in Switzerland for the last 40 years. She was also a former dachshund owner and fussed over Schnitzel quite a lot! We ducked down to the supermarket for more supplies. Had pizza for dinner and enjoyed the large house - the Swiss student was quite chatting, as was the owner. I ended up talking with her fairly late into the evening - she's done a fair bit of travel in her life as well which is interesting.
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  • Day9

    Lausanne City

    June 28 in Switzerland

    Wir wollen Lausanne sehen. Also hieß es Maya quälen. Sie musste laufen! Zuerst sind wir am Wasser entlang gebummelt bis wir am großen Hafen angekommen sind. Zwischendurch Mittagessen und ein Spielplatz wurde auch noch gefunden.
    Danach sind wir mit der Metro den Berg nach oben gefahren und haben uns die Kathedrale angesehen. Von dem Turm hat man einen wunderschönen Blick über Lausanne und den Genfersee.Read more

  • Day11

    Lausanne Schwimmbad

    June 30 in Switzerland

    Der Wetterbericht sagt: Heute wird es heiß und kein Wind, so wie in den letzten Tagen. Und wo verbringt man so einen Tag am besten? Im Schwimmbad! Das Bad von Lausanne grenzt direkt an den See und ist für unsere Verhältnisse extrem groß. Es hat ein 50m Becken, einen 10m Sprungturm, ein großes Spaßbecken, ein großes Kinderbecken und einen Kleinkindbereich. Dazu kommt das Seeufer und eine wahnsinnig große Liegefläche (bestimmt 4 Fußballfelder)...Read more

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