This is part 2 of a series on our recent trip to Switzerland. Here's Part 1: Geneva, but you don't need to have read it before this post on the second city in which we spent most of our time: Lausanne, where we stayed with our friends Chris and Yordan.
At the end of our first day in Geneva, we took the train to Lausanne and joined Chris as she arrived herself from work. Together we rode the metro—Lausanne is apparently the smallest city in the world to have a subway system—to the part of the city that borders Lake Geneva, Lausanne Ouchy. (Pronounced "oo-shee." Not "ouch-ee." As much as I wish it were.) Chris and Yordan have an apartment over a restaurant on the waterfront.
|This is seriously the view out their window.|
|There are nice benches to sit on where you can enjoy being in Switzerland...|
|...and having beautiful views of the pre-Alps in France.|
|There's one in Geneva as well!|
We also ventured up into the center of Lausanne, trying to get a sense of the city. Even on the metro we could feel the incline, but once on foot we realized that the city is not even at a constant angle: it has hills and valleys even within the generally upward slope away from the lake.
|After the Netherlands, this felt like an Escher print.|
|This low swath use to be the path of a river through the city down to the lake.|
|This umbrella is saying, "I'm so happy to be alive!"|
Once we reached the stairs, we were no longer lost. The final flight framed the cathedral we were so happy to reach:
|La Philosophie—Les Arts—Les Sciences—Les Traveaux|
|As fun as it looks.|
|Thanks for reading!|