The Drive Continues!
Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
55Trip End May 18, 2013
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Again, we enjoyed a stunningly scenic drive through the Swiss countryside before arriving at our destination with low, grey clouds and light snow falling. As we only arrived mid afternoon, and the weather was inclement, we only had limited time on our first day to explore this city. Fortunately for us, our accommodation was virtually in the city centre so it was only a short walk before we were into it again.
The city itself enjoys a beautiful location overlooking Lake Geneva, but we felt that the best part was a very short train ride to the former fishing village of Ouchy. The Olympic headquarters are also in this part of town but unfortunately the Olympic Museum was closed for renovations, so we were unable to see the exhibits
We also marvelled at the size of Lake Geneva – it really does look big enough to be an inland sea – and it is surrounded by snow capped mountains. Another interesting part of town is called Flon and this consists of shops, bars and galleries – most of which are converted warehouses.
Lausanne is French speaking and very French influenced. In fact, many of the alps which surround Lake Geneva are the Savoy alps which are located on the French side of the border.
As an interesting aside, it was at this point in the trip that Del decided it was time to try to get her hair done. (As anyone who regularly colours their hair knows, when the regrowth begins to show it is definitely time to get something done!) So, off she went. Now this began as a quite 'scary' experience. Firstly, we had to explain to the hairdresser (who spoke NO English) exactly what was needed to be done. Then, we had to negotiate the price in Swiss Francs (so that there were no nasty surprises at the end).
The end result is that (thankfully) Del is once again happy with her hair (although maybe not with the bank balance), and we all know that a happy travelling companion makes for a happy trip! The irony, of course, is that the very next day it was freezing, so Del promptly returned to wearing her woollen beanie anyway!