Lausanne Local Customs

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    Market Days in Lausanne (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Feb 17, 2010

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    On Wednesday and Saturday mornings Place de la Palud and the net of small pedestrian streets in the olden part of the city, as well as spacious Place de la Riponne become vast farmers' market. At that time the whole area turns in to a beehive – sellers offer fruit and vegetable, cheese, meet and fish, pastry… buyers are picking the goods they need… and all of that make very special atmosphere. Maybe it is not fair to mention, but for those with sharp sense of smell cheese-makers' stalls could be a slight "problem".

    Whether one likes crowd and strong cheese aroma or not, Lausanne market day is unique occurrence which should not be missed.

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    Paavo Nurmi, Drazen Petrovic, Emil Zatopek (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Jan 30, 2010

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    […] National Olympic Committees of Finland, Croatia and Czech Republic paid tribute to their sport heroes by having sculptures of them in the Olympic Park.

    "Flying Finn" Paavo Nurmi statue was donated in 1994 by the Olympic Committee of Finland. The legendary runner has been immortalized by Waino Aaltonen in 1925, and the statues can be seen in Turku, Helsinki and Jyvaskyla in Finland, and in Lausanne. Interesting fact is that five bronze statues have been cast in the same mould – in 1925, and again in 1952 for the city of Helsinki, in 1952 to be donated, two years later, to the city Nurmi was born in – Turku, in 1994 for the Olympic Museum, and in 2001 for the city of Jyvaskyla.

    On the 29th of April, 1995, Drazen Petrovic statue, the masterpiece of sculptor Vasko Lipovac, was inaugurated in the Olympic Park. During the 1980s, Drazen was the hero of almost every single boy in Yugoslavia. His tragic death occurred at the time of the wars on the territory of former Yugoslavia, but the sorrow was beyond national borders. Seeing Drazen in front of the Olympic Museum produced very emotional moment. The fact that we are not compatriots couldn't affect that.

    The statue of "Czech Locomotive" Emil Zatopek, artwork of Jaroslav Broz was erected in 2002. The statue was unveiled two years after the Emil Zatopek's death, in the presence of his wife Dana Zatopkova, the 1952 Olympic Javelin champion.

    Beside those three, there is the statue of Pierre de Coubertin in the Olympic Park.

    Drazen Petrovic Paavo Nurmi Emil Zatopek
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    Sound of Organ in the Gothic Cathedral… (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Jan 12, 2010

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    […] 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.

    Cathedral of Lausanne, July 25th 2008 Donato Cuzzato after the concert, July 25th 2008 Organ in Cathedral of Lausanne
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    "Lausanne Capitale Olimpique" (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Apr 19, 2009

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    On 23rd June 1994, on the occasion of its 100th birthday, the International Olympic Committee officially named Lausanne the Olympic capital. A year before that, on 23rd June 1993, the Olympic Museum was founded. But the links of Lausanne and modern Olympic Movement have started almost a century ago – in 1915, when Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games moved the seat of the IOC to Lausanne. Coubertin himself lived in Lausanne and he was buried in Lausanne, although, in accordance with his will, his heart was buried separately in a monument near the ruins of ancient Olympia.

    Lausanne's unique and prestigious title is something that forms the spirit of the city, and something the citizens certainly are proud of. The inscription on the building of Gare centrale de Lausanne – Lausanne central railway station: "Lausanne Capitale Olimpique" proves that.

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    Chocolate

    by sue_stone Written Aug 3, 2008

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    When I think of Switzerland, I think of mountains, cows with bells, and chocolate! This country is a chocolate lovers paradise. Not only are there numerous speciality chocolate shops to browse and shop in, but pop into any supermarket, food hall, tourist shop etc and you will be confronted by a massive display of tasty Swiss chocolatey goodness.

    I have a soft spot for Lindt chocolate, and didn't bore of looking at the large selection on offer. I may have sampled a few varieties you can't seem to buy in the UK, and bought a few blocks home too. We did taste some other brands of Swiss chocolate, but none of them compared to my precious Lindt.

    My favourite purchase was a blue Lindt tin with a picture of the Matterhorn on the top, which was filled with chocolate. I bought it at a souvenir shop in Zermatt, expecting that I paid way too much for it. I saw the exact same tin at the Geneva airport on our way home, and it was double the price that I had paid! Lesson for the day - souvenir shops aren't always a rip off.

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    Bejart Ballet Lausanne

    by e-katarina Written Nov 18, 2004

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    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.

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    Home made hot chocolate

    by e-katarina Written Nov 18, 2004

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    If you are in the old town or even from town centre and want to have a delicious chocolate drink, make your way to Le Barbare.

    It is halfway up the Escaliers du marché (old rooved stairs leading up to the cathedral), just before you pass under the road.

    This place is a typical locals meeting place. It'll attract students and arty types. It's a small cafe that serves a few things to eat. But people mainly come here for their famous home made hot chocolate. It is delicious! Just ask for a "chocolat maison" and enjoy!

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    The night guard

    by e-katarina Written Nov 18, 2004

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    For years of living in or around Lausanne I'd heard the story of the night guard who walks the higher levels of the cathedral at night. I believed that in this day and age, this was a legend sprung from the past.

    But one day, just about a year ago, I was in the old town on a winter night, and I heard him, calling out the time from the ledge of the cathedral. And I saw his shadow...

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    Le verre à Pied

    by e-katarina Written Nov 18, 2004

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    It started off as a wine shop. Now it is a popular place for locals to go and have a glass of wine after work. As it is originally a Vaud and Valais wine shop, a lot of people from Valais living in Lausanne have made this their meeting point.

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    Fete de la Cite

    by e-katarina Written Nov 18, 2004

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    This cultural festival has become something of an institution in Lausanne. Few are those who don't go and watch a show, listen to a concert or just go and have a drink with friends during the week in July of the Festival de la Cite.

    This festival presents performances of all sorts, from dancing, to theatre, to music in the narrow streets of the old town. There is no entry free and the festival subsusts thanks to the sale of T-shirts and other gadgets.

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    READING

    by parsix Updated Jan 14, 2004

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    Most of you know I am news junkie, what can I say. I will most likely read anything and everything I can.

    In an electronic era it's nice to still find people with an interest in reading. Even tough, it's only the sports section. ;o)

    This time, it was a good opportunity to practice my very basic french.

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    Swiss meal hours

    by vanessadb Updated Jul 29, 2003

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    In Lausanne and in Switzerland in general, restaurants only serve food at certain hours and not all day like in many other countries. Lunch for example is only served from 11h30 to 14h00 and dinner from 18h30 to 22h00. If you miss these times, then you always have the option of going to a bakery at least until it closes at 18h30 lunch...

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    MUSEUMS IN VAUD (some of...

    by prunila Written Aug 26, 2002

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    MUSEUMS IN VAUD (some of them)

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    Château d'Aigle

    CH-1860 Aigle

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    Musée Suisse du Sel

    rue Midi 1

    CH-1860 Aigle

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    Musée Vaudoise de la Vigne et du Vin

    Château d'Aigle

    CH-1860 Aigle

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    Musée du Bois

    A l'Arboretum

    CH-1170 Aubonne
     
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    Musée de la Naissance de l'aviation suisse

    Château d'Avenches

    CH-1580 Avenches

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    Römermuseum

    Musée Romain

    Im alten Turm

    CH-1580 Avenches

    Tel. 0041-37/751727

    Geöffnet: Täglich, Jan/Feb Di geschlossen

    Relikte der römischen Kolonie Aventicum

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    Musée du Vieux-Baulmes

    rue du Theu

    CH-1446 Baulmes

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    Musée Fondation Deutsch

    route des Monts-de-Lavaux 12

    CH-1092 Belmont-sur-Lausanne

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    Musée Historique du Chablais

    rue Centrale 21

    CH-1880 Bex

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    Salzbergwerk Bex

    CH-Bex

    Tel. 0041-24/4630330

    Fax 0041-24/4630332

    www.bex.ch/mines/

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    Chemin de fer-musée Blonay-Chamby

    Gare

    CH-1807 Blonay

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    ••• MUSEE SUISSE

    Musée national Château de Prangins

    avenue Général-Guiguer

    CH-1197 Prangins

    Tel. 0041-22/994 88 90

    Fax 0041-22/994 88 98

    Geschichte der Schweiz im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert in einem

    Schloss wie aus dem Märchenbuch.
     
    www.musee-suisse.ch

    info.prangins@slm.admin.ch

    Haupthaus:

    Landesmuseum Zürich

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    ••Château de Coppet

    CH-1296 Coppet

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    Musée régional Vieux Coppet

    Grand-Rue 30

    CH-1296 Coppet

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    Fondation Neumann

    Pré du Château

    CH-1276 Gingins

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    Musée du Château de Grandson

    Place Château

    CH-1422 Grandson

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    Musée Buttin-de-Loës

    sent. des Vinches 3

    CH-1603 Grandvaux

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    MUSEUMS IN LAUSANNE

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    Olympisches Museum

    Musée Olympique

    Quai d'Ouchy 1/CP

    CH-1001 Lausanne

    Tel. 0041-21/6216511

    Fax 0041-21/6216512

    www.museum.olympic.org/

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    Musée Espace Arlaud

    place de la Riponne 2bis

    CH-1003 Lausanne

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    Musée l'espace lausannois d'Art contemporain

    rue de Genève 19

    CH-1003 Lausanne

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    Collection de l'Art Brut

    avenue Bergières 11-13

    CH-1004 Lausanne

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    Musée de la Machine à écrire
    avenue de France 73

    CH-1004 Lausanne

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    Musée Cantonal de Zoologie

    place de la Riponne 6

    CH-1005 Lausanne

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    Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts

    place de la Riponne 6

    CH-1005 Lausanne

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    Musée d'Archéologie et d'Histoire

    place de la Riponne 6

    CH-1005 Lausanne

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    Musée de la Pipe et Objets du Tabac

    rue de l'Académie 7

    CH-1005 Lausanne

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    Musée de police criminelle

    rue de l'Académie 3

    CH-1005 Lausanne

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    Musée des Arts décoratifs

    avenue Villamont 4

    CH-1005 Lausanne

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    Musée Fondation Claude Verdan

    rue du Bugnon 21

    CH-1005 Lausanne

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    Musée Historique de Lausanne

    place de la Cathédrale 4

    CH-1005 Lausanne

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    Musée de l'Elysée

    avenue de l'Elysée 18

    CH-1006 Lausanne

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    Musée du Chat

    ch. Montolivet 30

    CH-1006 Lausanne

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    Archives de la Construction moderne

    avenue des Bains 21

    CH-1007 Lausanne

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    Musée et Jardin Botaniques

    Montriond – place de Milan

    CH-1007 Lausanne

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    Musée Romain Lausanne-Vidy

    ch. Bois-de-Vaux 24

    CH-1007 Lausanne

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    Vivarium

    ch. de Boissonnet 82

    CH-1010 Lausanne

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    Cabinet des Médailles

    place de la Riponne 6

    CH-1014 Lausanne

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    Musée de Géologique

    place de la Riponne 6

    CH-1015 Lausanne

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    Musée Fondation de l'Hermitage

    route du Signal 2

    CH-1018 Lausanne

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    The Montreux Jazz Festival...

    by James_Cooke Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The Montreux Jazz Festival 2002 will be from the 5 to the 20 of july, if you are going and need somebody to show you around contact me!

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    Take a day trip to CHATEAU...

    by Tolik Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Take a day trip to CHATEAU GRUYERES. The 15th - 17th century houses in the main street are statutorily protected as ancient monuments.
    The gravel path around the castle and short walk downhill to the right of the main street provide some relief from souvenir shops and bring majestic mountains a little closer.

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