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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lausanne June 5th 2012

Day 24 We are now in our next European country - Switzerland. We left the hotel in Lyon and went tthe huge park on the outskirts of the CBD called Parc de la tete d'or. Great spot once you find where to park. We got a baguette each and walked the park and rose gardens and then sat by the lake and ate our lunch. Very pleasant to sit and watch the wild life, etc. lots of office workers running, must be their version of the tan.... Left there and direct to Switzerland. Motorways are fantastic over here. There was in part where they had roadworks which meant one side of the road was not being used, speed down to 70kmh and single file. Quite a few tunnels which varied from say 500 meters to 5 ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lausanne June 3rd 2012

It was raining lightly in Luasanne when we woke but soon stopped and we were able to take a nice walk around the city using the Metro to revist Place de Pludon, the cathedral and various market streets and views. We returned to the Hotel Alagarve (nothing fancy but quiet and easy access to the Metro and rail station), packed up and walked to the station to wait for the train. Lausanne in overcast weather was still very enchanting and the high brow shops are all worth visiting despite not being open this Sunday morning. We were able to make connections with Andrew Easton and will meet him at the Marriott later but even more opportunistic (lost) was that I received and email from Ed Henry (pilot with Federal Express) who emailed me that he is ... read more
Rue de St Francois
Steet Sign

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lausanne June 2nd 2012

We found our tour guide at the Tourist Information Office in Ouchy (down the hill from our hotel) and along with 4 others boarded a nice private small bus and were driven around Lausanne to visit the IOOC headquarters, Roman ruins from when the city was first established, then into the heart of the city to visit the Place St Francois, Place de la Palud (we had dinner the night before here), learn about the River Flon being “driven” underground, saw the Bernese built Gymnases Cantonaux where Protestanism was taught in 1650; then a visit to the Cathedral where we saw an old arch which was a tunnel through the cathedral. The Cathedral was established by the Catholics in the 13th century, it was a typical gothic construction but when the reformation took place, all of ... read more
tour guide
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Cathedral of St Catherine

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lausanne June 1st 2012

we supposedly have free use of the Metro because they gave us cards for such but so far no one has asked to see the cards so I guess it really is free . . . we used the Metro to up towards the castle and got off at the Place d la Riponne and worked our way back down to Le Raison Restaurant for a glass of Prosecco and a pizza, lots of action here and at 9:30 still good light for a walk down through a few more winding streets and back to the Metro to our hotel for an early evening . . . Toni calls this her fall apart day and she's already had a 90 minute nap while I watched the French Open tennis tournament.... read more
typical street scene

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lausanne January 30th 2012

Friday the whole group went to Lausanne to officially register our student visas. Then five of us decided to spend the night and explore on Saturday (Anna, Moogie, Alicia, Julia, and I). We ate croute (toasted bread with ham and TONS of delicious melty cheese), went to the Olympic Museum (good thing because it closes on the 30th for 2 years for remodeling!) and wandered around the Old Town on Saturday morning while the market was going on. I’m a sucker for Old Towns so I absolutely loved it! The Olympic Museum was really interesting as well – they had all the Olympic torches, a bunch of medals, all sorts of signed equipment, and of course all the historical information. Lausanne is the headquarters of the Olympics Commission so it was a pretty big, impressive museum. ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lausanne October 13th 2011

Our last week in the old continent has been filled with a plenty of action, emotions and goodbyes as well as consuming immoderate amounts of aromatically challenging French and Swiss cheeses, something we will be missing dearly in Asia. As our departure to Bangkok is looming, the news coming in from Thailand are causing some concern. The country is currently experiencing the worst flooding in a half century with floods swelled across two-thirds of Thailand since July and a death toll exceeding 300. Bangkok is yet to be hit, but it is bracing for flooding in a few days, as waters from elsewhere in Thailand continue to surge towards the low-lying capital. Although, there are frantic efforts taking place to strengthen the flood barricades around the capital, evacuation plans are simultaneously being drafted, as northern Bangkok's ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lausanne October 5th 2011

Before hitting the road, I thought to answer a simple question - why do we want to travel? This proved not to be an easy task, trying to explain our reasons for leaving the comfortable privileged life with all modern conveniences we are having behind and embrace a nomadic life of a roaming vagabond for next 250 days. Where to start? To save some virtual ink and spare you from embarrassing psychobabble, I will skip the Freudian analysis, and instead elaborate our fundamental motives. The dream for embarking on a grand adventure of love and the Orient began to take shape beneath the surface of my mind during the last winter. It was my first winter back in Finland in 6 years and it felt like the damn ice age revisited. More than once, I was ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lausanne September 29th 2011

Here we go Welcome dear reader to our travel blog. This blog will be your window though which we will take you from the ever so hectic streets of Bangkok to serene mountains of Himalaya in our quest of the Orient. You will be on a ride from the steamy jungles of far-east Asia to underwater miracles of Andaman sea. The journey is about to begin, fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride with us! The preparations are nearly done. A myriad number of vaccinations taken, visas applied and tons of background material perused. The most importantly we have a rough road map to guide us during our voyage. To boldly go where no man has gone before, our journey starts in Bangkok on the October 15th. We will stay there for a couple of ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lausanne March 31st 2011

Après avoir passé deux fins de semaine (weekends pour les Français qui s’adonneraient à lire) à la maison, nous voilà repartis. Mathieu avait prévu le coup en préparant sa valise la veille et en l’apportant avec lui à l’école le matin pour que, sitôt son cours terminé, nous puissions partir. Geneviève, pour sa part, termine les bagages de dernières minutes (elle est d’ailleurs rendue la spécialiste des bagages de courts séjours), prépare un petit lunch, et rejoint Mathieu à la gare en début d’après-midi. L’heure arrivée, nous sautons dans le train direction Lausanne, Suisse. Transfère de train à Paris et ensuite un direct pour Lausanne pour un total de 6 heures de transport. Arrivés à Lausanne, nous sommes accueillis comme des rois! Mijanou nous attendait à la gare pour nous accompagner au restaurant où des gens ... read more
La ville
La balerine

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lausanne November 13th 2010

The one of the many pieces of advice I was given before leaving for my trip, was to always take advantage of the flying. So, this weekend, I did just that by going on a spontaneous trip to Switzerland to visit my old work buddy Jo, who's getting his Executive MBA at the University of Lausanne (UNIL). Food, Wine, and Merriment Leaving for an 8am flight from Gatwick on a Saturday morning from my hotel near St Paul's Cathedral meant first walking 15 min to the nearest operating tube (Mansion House), riding 10 min to the transfer station, then taking a half-hour-long train ride to Gatwick (Gatwick Express). This, in turn, meant I left my hotel at 5:30am to make sure I had enough buffer time. Since my hotel is located in the heart of London's ... read more
One of the many shopping areas in Lausanne
Pont Ch. -Bessieres with Cathedrale Notre-Dame in the bg
Farmer's Market at Riponne Plaza

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