Sunday, August 29, 2010

Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne is a city also situated by the Lake Geneva. It is the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee and so, is known as the Capitale Olympique. A direct journey by train from Geneva to Lausanne takes approximately 35 minutes and a return train ticket costs CHF41.20 per adult. This is the Lausanne train station.

The first place we aimed to visit upon reaching Lausanne and after having McDonald's breakfast was the Lausanne Cathedral. Without a map, we just took the steep uphill route based on our hunch and my recollection of Lausanne on Google Maps that the lake is one side of the train station and the city centre is on the other side.

More uphill. Do not be deceived by the photo. It is pretty steep.

Our hunch was very fortunately correct. On our way to the Lausanne Cathedral, we passed by a market in the city centre. I think I read somewhere on the internet that every Saturday, the roads surrounding this area will be closed for the market to operate.

Here is chubby kid, busy surveying the fruits.

More vegetables.

A whole load of different shapes of tomatoes.

A huge Swiss flag.

See how insanely packed the streets are.

Yet another shop selling Rolex. They seem to be everywhere.

I think the sewer cover looks nice :-) (No, I am not out of my mind.)

This is the Lausanne Cathedral.

The view of roof tops of the city centre from the cathedral.

It is a very nice city to visit. We regretted that we could not spend more time exploring every nook and cranny of the city. We hurried off to the train station to catch the train to Montreux, at that time, not knowing how very delightful the Montreux lakefront was.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

More of Geneva

For two years in a row, I have not been able to go to the Kuching Food Festival. Therefore, it was a happy coincidence that there was a food and fun fair in Geneva very much similar to the one in Kuching. There were international food stalls with all kinds of food.

There is also a concert stage with performers and a huge crowd watching.

One very interesting stall was the one selling cocktails. They had very intriguing huge glasses in which they stored the cocktails in.

And then there was the games section, where kids and adults went on rides and gambled away their cash for a stuffed toy.

And not forgetting the G-string candy ;-)

The food and fun fair was held in a section along the picturesque lakefront. They even had a huge statue of Michael Jackson there.

In the older part of town, we visited the Cathedrale St Pierre.

Drinking water is abundant throughout the city. Everywhere you go, you see a pipe spurting out drinking water. This is one of them which we filled our bottle with.

Nearby is the Parc des Bastions, a park within the University grounds, showcasing a giant chest set and the Reformation Wall. This is one of the University's building.

Play a game of chess if you are up to it.

The Reformation Wall, featuring statues of prominent figures in the Protestant Reformation.

Another place of attraction is obviously the United Nations office at the Palais des Nations.

There is this huge chair with a broken leg right opposite the United Nations office entrance. I must say it is quite a piece of art to look at.

Behind the huge chair, a series of mini fountains squirt out water every few seconds. Chubby kid just had to cry when the wind blew tiny water droplets onto her face. What a spoilt brat!

We also visited Carouge, a town referred to as the Greenwich Village of Geneva, modelled after the city of Nice in France. Hence, you can see that the architecture of its building is rather different from those in Geneva.

We also stopped at the Plaine de Plainpalais to visit the flea market. It is very much similar to a small section of Kuching's Sunday market.

While on our way back to Geneva city centre, we spotted this very old car. Hard to find nowadays.

Here are some miscellaneous shots in and around Geneva.