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Trip to Lausanne, Switzerland

We spent Saturday night and Sunday in Lausanne after visiting Morges. I will post those photos tomorrow.

It was a great weekend and we had a good time.

I heard more English in one day visiting Lausanne than I have during the entire year of living in Switzerland. Not only did I hear English but Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German and other languages I didn’t know. Vilay told me that forty percent of the population of Lausanne is made up of foreigners.

Both Vilay and I have fallen in love with this city and I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up there or close by for good.

Lausanne, Switzerland
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We took a walk around Lausanne Saturday night after checking into a hotel and taking much needed showers.

Lausanne, Switzerland
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I took this shot from a bridge.

In the bottom left corner you can see people sitting outside a restaurant eating, drinking and enjoying the cool air after a scorching day. After walking for a little more than an hour we went back to the hotel to sleep.

Lausanne, Switzerland
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Vilay took this photo Sunday morning while we drank coffee at tables outside Starbucks. I was still tired and in desperate need of an American sized coffee.

The machine is used to clean up the streets. It uses a big hose to suck up litter. My kids were more than a little entertained by it.

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The lake was beautiful.

The sign says no swimming. Right before I took this photo I watched a man climb out of the water and put his clothes on that had been laying out of the rocks. He looked relaxed and without a care in the world. As he passed us he happily said hello before he continued into his day.

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The lake is colorful and full of activity.

Lausanne, Switzerland
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People were everywhere. This woman had just sat down to rest under the shade and read.

Lausanne, Switzerland

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I would like to rent a paddle boat sometime and sit on the lake under the mountains.

Lausanne, Switzerland
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We ate italian ice cream in the shade of a tree streching the day out as long as possible before we had to catch the train back home.

Below are photos of my children and us.

Two photos are of them playing in a pool by the lake. It was their favorite part of Lausanne. They started off wading in bare feet. After five minutes, they had taken everything off but their underwear and shirts to play in the water for a good hour.

Mouse over the photos to read the titles. Each photo leads to another page where the photo can be clicked on to be seen larger.

The rest of the photos are in my Lausanne flickr set.

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  • expatraveler June 24, 2008, 7:17 pm

    I’m glad you loved your visit in Lausanne. It has always been a very fun place for me to visit also. I love shopping there especially… And your pic of the lake, well it reaches all the way towards Montreux. I love all of the pics, so cute!

  • Pumpkin June 24, 2008, 8:40 pm

    Expatraveler,
    We did get to pick up some outfits for my five year old who outgrew all of her summer clothes. It was kinda crazy with the soldes going on but the prices were worth the wait in line! :)
    Lausanne is very nice and I really liked Morges too.

  • sissi June 24, 2008, 8:57 pm

    Hi Pumpkin

    I am back from France, do you want to come Thursday or Friday?
    the kids can swim and we can walk around.
    Bye!

  • might i add ... ? June 25, 2008, 2:18 am

    Your pictures make Lausanne look very inviting. The bridge you were on for that one photo must have been very high!

    Best of luck finding jobs there! My guess is you will feel like you fit in more there, if such a large percentage of the population comes from other places. I can’t wait to hear more about it.

  • Caffienated Cowgirl June 25, 2008, 8:10 am

    Lovely!

    As for the street sweeper…we had those in the UK and here…and my son insists it is Naughty NuNu from the Teletubbies :)

  • Pumpkin June 25, 2008, 10:34 am

    Sissi,
    Email on its way!

    Might I add,
    That is exactly it. I feel more at ease there. We didn’t stick out like we do here when we speak in English. So many people spoke another language than French that it was interesting and fun. I heard more languages being spoken in Lausanne than I did even in Strasbourg.

    Carffienated Cowgirl,
    That is so cute and I can see where he thinks that. I love seeing through kids eyes.

  • Penny June 26, 2008, 2:11 pm

    Wow, I loved seeing these photos. It reminds me a little of Annecy. I’ve never been to Lausanne but my husband spent most of his childhood there

    :)

  • Pumpkin June 26, 2008, 6:43 pm

    We were in Annecy once but it was only for a few hours and during the winter. I would love to see it in the summer. The pictures I have seen are beautiful.

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