up early (7am) and it's gorgeous again, our weather luck has been incredible). packed and double checked our gear, enjoyed some tea and breakfast with Rob and Terry and disembarked Armida with Rob and Terry leading us through Dole to the train station. I bought our tickets for Lausanne and we met a nice lady who saw my mandolin case and asked me if it was a violin (her daughter played concert violin), she had returned to the area near Dole where she grew up. She had formerly lived in Oxford with her husband; she was on her way to visit her daughter. we took our luggage and crossed over two sets of tracks to the quai 3 and not too long after were reprimended by a guard for not using the tunnel . . . jeu desole was all we could say. the train was a few minutes late but a swift 90 minute ride to Lausanne was gorgeous. we departed and found the tourism office in the station and bought tickets for a city tour tomorrow and booked a reservation at a local hotel not far from the station. with a hotel booking we received free metro passes! so
this was the stop before Lausanne. huge sawmills here
we headed down to the lake to see what was going on. not a breath of wind and the mountains across the way are picturesque. not sure what Geneva is like but Lausanne is beautiful. we found a boulangerie and walked along the shore to a spot where we could enjoy the view and have lunch. not far away we found the Olympic Headquarters (which are under reconstruction) but a temporary museum was free so we checked it out. came back to the room and took some naps.
we're having the time of our life. as much as we love our home, the desire to visit new and old places has burned within us since we were in college. only a few states in the US that we haven't visited and many that we want to revisit. during Craig's career importing hardwood lumber, he traveled to Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong, E and W Malaysia, Taiwan and Indonesia. before she met Craig, Toni traveled every summer to Europe, Mexico and Southeast Asia. we've visited every Hawaiian island except Lanai and Molokai and driven to Mulege in Baja, Mexico. Craig surfed near Zihautenejo... full info