“Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.”
— Peter Hoeg
Scene from our Dinner table:
Patrick (The planner of all things): Guys, lets do a day trip to Lausanne!
Pooja: I am in!
Darez: *Already Checking the Train schedules*
This is a typical conversation at our dinner table during most days at Les Roches. The convenience of studying in the world’s most beautiful (but expensive) country comes with its own perks.
I have been extremely lucky to have found a wonderful group of friends who have the same set of likes and fondness towards traveling. Patrick is on a study abroad from the US and loves to plan everything to the point. If you ever need an itinerary to travel, he is your guy. He planned out the most wonderful one day trip to Lausanne for us and Darez figured out the schedule for all the trains and the Funicular. Pooja is the one who convinces me to just go for it! If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have experienced half the things! And me, well I try to be good company 😉
Living in Bluche can be a real challenge. To get to any place you first need to get to Sierre. On the 4th of Feb, we got an early morning start to the day by taking the 8:19 Funicular to Sierre.
Even if you don’t intend to spend the day at the place, the views that you get from the train are worth the money. The thing about Europe is, there is so much to take in at once, it can be rather overwhelming.
By the time we reached Lausanne it was 10:30 and we were all obviously hungry. Here’s the catch, it was a Sunday! The Swiss take their weekends very seriously, besides an Indian store that we found, and I felt like I had hit the jackpot, everything was closed! It was cold. It was a new place. We were starving.
With frozen hands we managed to locate something on google maps, and to our delight ended up at a restaurant called L’esprit Bistrot with that had some excellent food. Pooja and I are the only vegetarians in the group (vegetarian, in Europe? Yes, its manageable) so we usually order something to share, and I am so lucky to have her because she knows what will taste good. We decided to order the Rosti, and My! My! it was divine.
And to make life better, we ordered some Hot Chocolate!
So much for being a fitness blogger eh?
Our plan was to first see the cathedral and walk through old town only to realize we were on the other side of it and it would be a hike to go back up. However, it worked out for the best because our master planner Patrick had already figured out what would be the highlight of our trip.
Lake Geneva was close to the restaurant and we started walking towards it. On our way we got a glimpse of the Olympic Museum, met a German woman who spoke fluent Tamil (my mother tongue) and figured out how to get to the Ferry Station. Because we were going to take the ferry to Evian. 35 Minutes, and Voilà! We would be in France!
I am soon going to run out of adjectives to describe the places, but Evian was beautiful. We took a stroll through the cute, rustic town and almost convinced ourselves to enter the casino. The plan was to go in with 3 Euros and come out with 500 (One can dream)
Since it was a Sunday, the shops were mostly closed. If you are someone who enjoys shopping, I would definitely recommend going on another day. We found a bakery and got some more food! During our walk through the many lanes, we found the most adorable shop run by an artist: Sonia Laden. To sum up our entire trip, we found the perfect Post Card made by Sonia herself. The colors of Evian blend in to give you a picturesque experience. And through those tiny lanes you can always spot Lake Geneva following you.
With little time left to take our ferry back, we had to unfortunately skip the Hot Wine we were about to order. Back in Lausanne, we spent a decent amount of time exploring the Cathedral and just walking through old town. This is a must do! The walk is an adventure in itself.
There is always the option of taking the metro if it gets too cold, but I would suggest walking as much as you can because thats the experience you will take back with you (Also, that money can be used to get some Hot Chocolate!)
We ended our day with some delicious Fondue, because Switzerland!
The restaurant is adjacent to the cathedral and I would highly recommend trying their Curry Cheese Fondue.
Quick Tips for the one day Trip:
- Plan Ahead: If you are living in and around, you probably own the Half Card which allows you to buy the tickets at half price. However, if you don’t own one and are visiting, you can always book it in advance through an application called SBB which allows you to book discounted tickets. SBB will also guide you regarding the train schedules and this will make life a whole lot easier!
- Layer Up: If you are not used to the cold, make sure you have enough winter clothing to protect you, because towards the night it can get extremely chilly and hard to walk.
- Do Evian: In case you haven’t already done France, this could be one more country off your list! The ferry ride is quite the experience too! For us, this part was the highlight (and the Fondue)
- Do not overestimate the time you have: Make sure that you calculate the time it takes to walk back to the train station from whichever part of the city you are in.
- If possible, go on a weekday: We were ok with going on a Sunday because our schedule allowed that, and we were happy because we didn’t spend time shopping. But even many of the restaurants tend to remain closed, so make sure to choose an alternate day if possible.
- Get that Fondue and Hot Wine!
- Find yourself a Pooja, Patrick and Darez
Stay tuned for our next one day trip!