Lausanne

Trip Start Aug 11, 2005
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Trip End May 22, 2006


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Tuesday, May 2, 2006

May 1 - Lausanne
Throughout most of Europe, the first Monday of May is a bank holiday. Well, that's today. What a bonus. None of us knew about it while we were all planning our trips, but didn't it work out just great?
After a lazy morning at Lynn's we headed over to the apartment where Ian & Laragh and Joe & Holly were staying, picked up the crew and their bags, dropped the guys at the hotel to check in, and then met up at Lynn's to head off for the day.
We picked up the freeway along the North side of Lake Geneva, desination: Lausanne. This entire area is farmland, mostly large fields of canola and wheat and some pastures for cattle. On the left: mountains in the distance with just a dusting of snow here and there and to the right: Lake Geneva with more hills and mountains in the distance. Aaaah.
In Lausanne, we walked along the lake and then we split up. Iain, Laragh, Joe, and Holly went for a walkabout in the old city of Lausanne while Gerald, Lynn, and I went to Olympic Park: the IOC Headquarters and Olympic Museum.
The museum was fantastic. After watching a 3D film with highlights from the Sydney Olympics, we headed to the torch room. It was pretty neat to see the unique torches from the games of this and the past century. Gerald's highlight was looking at all of the medals from the same time period. My highlight was seeing Katarina Witt's dress from the '84 Olympics.
We stayed until it closed wishing that we'd have more time. Gerald really would have liked to have spent a few hours in the video library. I guess we'll just have to return someday.
We met up again, strolled back along the lake, and wound up in a little pub eating beef burgers. Well, at least we think they were beef. On the menu, there was the choice of beef or horse meat. At the time of ordering, we didn't think of specifying. Yup, horse meat is eaten regularly around here and we were surprised to learn that some of it comes from Canada.
Back in Geneva, everyone came to Lynn's for a bit. After sorting out our plans for tomorrow, we called it a night.
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