Hotel Du Lac

Rue des Cygnes 25, Yverdon, 1400, Switzerland
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"Mondes & Voyages: Didier Graffet, de l'île mystér

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"Mondes & Voyages: Didier Graffet, de l'île mystérieuse à Avalon" présente le travail de l'illustrateur contemporain le plus important de l'oeuvre de Jules Verne. Didier Graffet a également réalisé de très nombreuses images pour "Les chevaliers de la Table Ronde", "L'anneau des Nibelungen" ou encore "La Compagnie noire".

Né en 1970, dans la région lyonnaise (mais originaire de Bretagne et de Normandie), fils d'une artiste peintre, Didier Graffet baigne dans l'univers artistique dès l'enfance. Aujourd'hui, il est l'un des grands talents de l'illustration en France dans le domaine de l'imaginaire.

Sa particularité est sans doute d'avoir acquis une reconnaissance, une liberté et un succès suffisant pour sortir des contraintes liées aux images de couverture et réalisé des livres plus largement illustrés. Parmi ceux-ci, on notera tout particulièrement "20'000 lieues sous les mers" et "L'île mystérieuse" de Jules Verne (Gründ) "Les chevaliers de la Table Ronde" (Gründ) ou encore "La Compagnie noire" de Glen Cook (L'Atalante). C'est sur ce travail en profondeur sur un texte littéraire que se focalise l'exposition "Mondes & Voyages"

Les thèmes de prédilection de Didier Graffet sont donc les territoires à la limite du réel, dissimulés au-delà du regard. Ce qu'il aime avant tout, ce sont les détails de la nature qui laissent la porte ouverte à l'imaginaire.

"Mondes & Voyages: Didier Graffet, de l'île mystérieuse à Avalon" est à découvrir du 29 mars au 6 septembre 2009 à la Maison d'Ailleurs

The Menhirs

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The shortest routes from central France to Italy, and from southern France to Central Europe and Germany, not to mention the vital water route linking the Rhône and the Rhine, all passed through Yverdon.

About 2 km east from the Yverdon’s train station, in a wood between the suburb of Clendy and the lakeshore, there are 45 standing stones, or Menhirs. This Neolithic site is one of the most important archeological sites in Switzerland. It represents an important testimony of the spiritual life of the Neolithic era.
In the beginning of the third millennium, the inhabitants of the lake village (future Clendy) brought up the blocks from the glacial moraines and carved them to form human silhouettes. These Menhirs – statues were erected in a specific arrangement, most likely for a religious purpose (the gods as a place of worship or in bond with a funerary context) but they could also symbolize the mythical heroes or work as an ancient calendar. Their two alignments and four groups semi-circularly disposed, certainly give this place of cult a theatrical aspect.
The biggest Menhirs are 4.5m long and weight more than 5 tons (smallest, about 0.5m, are replaced with concrete copies – originals are on display on the local museum). It was used during more than 2 millennia, until the age of old Bronze. Lain down at about 850BC by lakeside erosion and forgotten, the Menhirs have been rediscovered in 1975 and the stones were reset in their original positions in 1986 by the Yverdon commune.
Unlike the Stonehenge area, access to the Menhirs in Yverdon is free and unlimited – no fence, no toll booth….

Grandson château

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Take a post-bus from Yverdon to Gorgier-St-Aubin and 10 minutes later you will arrive in a small town called Grandson famous due to its château Bus drops you in Grandson’s Place du château (The castle open 9 – 18, 10CHF, but beware Wednesday school trips when schoolchildren can run all over the place). Inside you can see torture chamber, dungeon pits, a reproduction of a 15th century Burgundian war tent , model of the famous battle of 1476. Vintage car museum is nearby. 5 min walk from château is Eglise St-Jean-Baptist , beautiful Romanesque church.


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Yverdon is suffixed “-les-Bains” for its spa waters, 14,000-year-old mineral springs bubbling up from 600m below ground, rich with all kinds of curative properties and celebrated at least since Roman times. But there several other things that made the town famous – the Menhirs, the castle, and the Maison d’Ailleurs to name a few.

Yverdon – known as Eburodunum (the Fortress of the Yew Tree) in Gallo-Roman times – lies on one of Europe’s most significant ancient crossroads. In a wood near the Yverdon’s suburb of Clendy there are 47 standing stones, or Menhirs, dating back 4000 BC. Unlike the Stonehenge area, access to the Menhirs in Yverdon is free and unlimited. Later came the Romans but off its Roman history Yverdon has kept only the remains of the Castrum (fortified citadel built in 370AD) located near the local graveyard. The town was founded one more time in 1260 when Pierre of Savoy, who worked on the Château de Chillon, built a castle here. Next to the solid castle, you will find a pleasant and compact Old Town with many baroque and neoclassical facades. North of the chateau a visitor will see Maison d’Ailleurs - museum of science-fiction housed in the old prison – good place for a museum, isn’t it?

Yverdon-les-Bains is also handy as a jumping-off point for the amazing old castle at nearby Grandson, and for trips to Ste-Croix, Neuchâtel and Estavayer-le-Lac.


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