Few words in Swiss French
Below few words in French that you can use while visiting Switzerland.
Yes/No = Oui/Non
Yes, please/No, thank you = Oui, s'il vous plaît/Non, merci
Please = S'il vous plaît
Thank you = Merci (madame/monsieur)
You're welcome = Il n'y a pas de quoi
Here is/are = Voici...
Hello/Good morning/afternoon = Bonjour, (madame/monsieur)
Hello/Good evening = Bonsoir (madame/monsieur)
Goodbye = Au revoir
Good night = Bonne nuit
How are you? = Comment allez-vous?
Very well, thanks = Très bien, merci
Excuse me = Excusez-moi
Do you speak English? = Est-ce que vous parlez anglais?
Can you help me? = Est-ce que vous pouvez m'aider?
I don't understand. = Je ne comprends pas.
I don't know. = Je ne sais pas.
Could you please write it down = Est-ce que vous pouvez l'écrire?
Sorry = Désolé(e)
Where? = Où?
When? = Quand?
How? = Comment?
Why? = Pourquoi?
Who? = Qui?
Which? = Lequel?/Laquelle?
Where is...? = Où est...?
How much? = Combien?
How many? = Combien?
What's that? = Qu'est-ce que c'est?
I like it. = Ça me plaît.
I don't like it. = Ça ne me plaît pas.
OK/Agreed. = Ça va/d'accord.
That's fine. = C'est bien.
The Olympic Museum
The Olympic Museum Lausanne's exhibits span a range of more than 2,200 years, starting with the ancient Greek games and continuing with the modern Olympic Games from 1896 to the present day.
High points include the complete collection of Olympic Torches and the Olympic Medals (which, interestingly enough, weren't hung around the necks of victors until the Rome Olympics of 1960).
The Olympic Museum is the museum of an idea. This idea was 99 years old on the inaugural day, 23rd June 1993, and this date coincides with the foundation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894. The conception is called Olympism which is the philosophy of uniting sport, art and culture. The creation of today's Olympic Museum was sparked by the resolve to give this union concrete form.
Pierre de Coubertin, who revived the Olympic Games, had the idea of creating an Olympic Museum. He proposed it for the first time in 1915 after setting up the headquarters of the IOC in Lausanne. The baron felt the museum should not only be the legacy of the newly restored Olympic Games, but should equally embody the ideals of Olympism.
A gate at the back of the Parc des Bastions brings you up to a small junction and Rue St-Léger, which winds further up into the atmospheric Old Town, characterized by quiet, cobbled streets and tall, shuttered, grey-stone houses that give nothing away. Rue St-Léger curls up into the oddly split-level Place du Bourg-de-Four, a marketplace since medieval times that was probably built over the Roman forum, these days adorned with a fountain and lined with relaxed terrace cafés. From here, Rue Fontaine descends to the north to Temple de la Madeleine, a Gothic church that has clung on to its Romanesque tower, but if you head up the other way on Rue de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, you’ll come to Place de la Taconnerie, dominated by the cathedral. Tucked on your right is the Auditoire de Calvin, a small thirteenth-century chapel built over a fifth-century predecessor. Following Geneva’s acceptance of the Reformation, refugees flooded into the city from all over Europe and, in the knowledge that most of them spoke no French, Calvin gave this chapel over for the refugees to worship in their own languages – Geneva’s first international building. John Knox preached here in the 1550s (there’s still a Church of Scotland service every Sunday at 11am, slotted between Dutch and Italian), and the austere building also doubled as Calvin’s lecture hall.
Theater performances are...
Theater performances are presented all year-round, including open-air productions during the summer months. Plays are normally in French although several excellent English-language amateur groups enjoy huge popularity. There are some 40 theaters spread over town, proposing all types of plays from the classics to the avant-garde, via vaudeville.
Following is a small selection of the city's major venues: Comédie de Genève, Grand Casino de Genève, Grand Théâtre (for program: http://www.geneveopera.ch/), Nouveau Théâtre de Poche, Théâtre de Carouge, Casino Théâtre and, for children, Théâtre Am Stram Gram and Marionnettes de Genève (a renowned puppet theater) .
The Baroque is the place in...
The Baroque is the place in Geneva where all the greatest brands, like Dior, Givenchy, Piaget or even Absolut, launch their new product.
Big corporations also organise their private evenings.
These events provide you the opportunity to see Baroque in a different décor.
Same for the theme evenings, like the White night, the Gipsy and the James Bond nights, the usual clientele play the game with the Baroque team to make this night unforgettable. Hummm.....a suit is really the minimum =)....Try to come with nice girls if you're not so well dressed, else it's quite impossible to enter!