Trip to Lausanne Part 1

From the end of October to the beginning of November, I took a week long trip to Lausanne, Switzerland. The main objective for my visit was to run the Lausanne Marathon, but along the way I enjoyed the culture, scenery, and people. This is day 1 of the trip.

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I arrived in Zurich International airport. I finally got to see the real Swiss clock!

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By the time I arrived at our hotel in Lausanne (which is about 2 hours by train from Zurich) it was about 8PM. I stayed at the Beau Rivage Palace. I’ll probably have to make a separate post about how awesome the hotel was, but to summarize it, it was excellent. The staff were all extremely nice and helpful when I requested assistance. Rooms are super clean, excellent house keeping work as well.

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I didn’t have any jet lag, and woke up at 6AM. After an excellent breakfast, I took this shot of the morning sun rise from the hotel garden.

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Walking along the hotel.

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The back side of the hotel.

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The hotel is situated right in front of Lake Leman (or Lake Geneva I guess). It’s a 2-minute walk from the hotel to the nice road of the lake.

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Along the lake I found the marathon expo! It was small but had a very exciting atmosphere.

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This is the metro station closest to the hotel. The name of the station is “Ouchy Olimpique” since the Olympic Museum is very close. In the city there were many olympic references.

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The Lausanne-Gare station (the big station) is about 4 stops away from Ouchy Olimpique.

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This is part of the old town.

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I love the old bricks and buildings.

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These parks are everywhere around the town.

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The view of the town from up the hill.

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The Lausanne Cathedral.

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Inside the cathedral.

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After a day in the old town I visited the olympic museum.

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And I found items of my favorite olympic logo, the Mexico games!

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The logo is beautifully integrated even into the torch! I’ve seen many design books and articles praising the logo itself, but very few on the torch. This torch deserves more credit!

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The sun set is also extremely beautiful.

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Dinner was at a lesser-known place (but highly ranked in TripAdvisor) called Tandem. The owner of the restaurant is from Sicily, and he doesn’t speak a lot of English but was really nice.