Thursday, 6 August 2015 – Day 12 – Lucerne Area – Interlaken – Lausanne – (Day 58)

Thursday, 6 August 2015 – Day 12 – Lucerne Area – Interlaken – Lausanne (156 miles/250 Kms)  – Day 58

This morning wasn’t quite so early. Wakeup was at 700 and after breakfast we were on the coach at 8.30 heading into this beautiful city centre of Lucerne.

Our drop off and pickup point was at the Rolex building. Certainly a city of watches.  Was a leisurely stroll around – into the souvenir shops and then coffee with Wayne, Lou, Steve and Gay before we boarded the boat for our River Cruise at 11.00.  What a way to spend a couple of hours.  Scenery just gorgeous as usual. There were lots of little bays, it offers superb panoramas of the surrounding lanscape.  A commentary was given by one of the crew staff who explained the history of all the enchanting villages and some Swiss History.

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After the cruise, had light lunch before boarding the coach and we were now heading towards Inverlaken.  We followed Lake Luzern – the water was so crystal clear and turquoise in colour.  Of course there were villages dotted all along the way.  Passed through a couple of tunnels.  Each day there was a helicopter flying around and we then realised it was the Swiss helicopter doing tours. What magnificent sights the passengers would have seen. The scenery was spectacular as we drove along.

We stopped for a photo at Ofwalden/Lungern. Around this area we were told that there was the highest railway station in Europe.

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When we arrived in Inverlaken (between two lakes) it was very hot and had a short walk into the town.  Some of our time was watching several para gliders taking off from the nearby mountains and landing on the open area. There is extraordinary mountain scenery including the famous peaks of the Eiger, the Moench and the Jungfrau.  Alyssa and I had a refreshing drink before it was time to join the coach.

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We headed off to Lausanne following the shoreline of Lake Thun.

Dest_Lausanne_MapWe arrived in the extremely picturesque town of Lausanne, the second-largest city on Lake Geneva, –  a dynamic commercial town with the locality of a holiday resort as there is the lake for cruising and water sports and the mountains for skiing. The capital of the canton of Vaud is also a lively university and convention town. Sports and culture are given a high profile in the Olympic capital. The International Olympic Committee has been based here since 1914. The town is built on three hills, surrounded by vineyard-covered slopes, with Lake Geneva at its feet. Rising impressively from the opposing French lakeshore are the Savoy Alps. The old town is dominated by the cathedral, which is regarded as Switzerland’s most impressive piece of early Gothic architecture.

Lake Geneva is a lake on the   north side of the Alps, shared between Switzerland and France. We did not stay too long in the city. We went down to the International Olympic Committee Museum building and fountain but did not go in.

 Lausanne

 Kevin and I had some entertaining fun in the water !  Yes, a magnet to the water.

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Our accommodation in Lausanne was at the Novotel at Bussigny located just 2 minutes off highway A1. A lovely hotel with lots of facilities but we took advantage of sitting around the natural swimming pool.  Was a bit slimy but several of us went in.

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After the refreshing swim we had our dinner in the pleasant area outside. On the menu was horse steak so some of us tried it and was quite tasty – just like a piece of steak. 0530_ho_01_p_1024x768
 Another late night after more talking and drinking.

What more can I say about today – just another beautiful day.