The beer hunt continues...in Lausanne!!!
Wherever you go, whatever you do, sampling the local beer is definite must.
What do the locals drink, what beer is most popular, which beer is hardest to find, does it come in a half pint glass just like grandma used to drink…or better still, a full pint glass like I drink??? These are all good questions that need to be answered...
There aren’t a lot of beers to choose from in Switzerland, as it seems the country is overrun with more famous brews from its neighbor to the North. However, one local beer that I did find quite refreshing was Cardinal… For some reason this passed year I have found myself leaning toward lighter beers and on a hot day in Luasanne, Cardinal certainly hit the spot…
Sound of Organ in the Gothic Cathedral… (I&V)
[…] Sound of organ in the Gothic cathedral – "a concert played on a musical instrument unique in the world in Switzerland's biggest and most beautiful Gothic cathedral!"…
New organ of Cathedrale Notre-Dame was inaugurated in 2003 – after the ten years of constructing (and more than five million Swiss francs) – to mark the 200th anniversary of Vaud joining the Swiss Confederation. The 7000-pipe organ is unique in the world in many aspects: it is the first organ in the world designed by a designer – Giorgetto Giugiaro, the first organ to feature the four main organ styles – French classic and symphonic, German baroque and romantic…
We were very lucky to be in Lausanne on the 25th of July 2008 and to enjoy the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Alessandro Marcello, Antonio Vivaldi, Felice Moretti (aka Padre Davide da Bergamo), Louis Vierne and Marco Enrico Bossi, performed by Italian organist Donato Cuzzato. It was the great experience.
There are many concerts in the Cathedral during the summer, and only enormous lack of time could be the excuse for missing them.
Bejart Ballet Lausanne
The famous choreographer Maurice Bejart made Lausanne his base years ago. A mixture between classical and contemporary dancing, his ballets never cease to amaze!
If you happen to be in Lausanne while one of the shows is on, this is defenatelly something worth seeing. Usually there are performances in summer at Malley and a few in winter at the Metropole.
Signal de Bougy - Look at the animals
As I have said in my previous tip, Signal de Bougy is a great place for kids. On one side of the park, there is a little "farm", where you can see different animals. There are goats, pigs, rabbits, ducks and donkeys most of the time. If you go in the spring, you might be lucky to see some of the babies, which are always very cute.
Although I don't have kids, I like going to the Signal de Bougy for a walk, and I enjoy having a look at the animals on my way through the parc.
When one is settled in Lausanne, one-day trip to Vevey and Montreux is certain pick. It seems to us that those two towns are kind of twin-towns – both look like rising from the water of Lake Geneva, both were settled in Roman times, both of a similar population (one a bit more than 20,000 inhabitants, the other a bit less than that), both, apart, earned the nickname of "Pearl of Swiss Riviera", even if you want to bye a map of one – you'll get the map of both, because the maps are printed on the same sheet.
Montreux is the more popular "twin", more vivid and "wild" one. It is known for its Jazz Festival, Freddie Mercury's Montreux Memorial Day, Golden Rose Festival, Smoke on the Water… And, more than anything, for the famous Chateau Chillon.
We have enjoyed a long walk along the lake, after the visit to Chateau Chillon. Thanks to VT, Monument of Freddie Mercury was no surprise to us.
Montreux can be reached from Lausanne by train and by boat.