Monday, August 18, 2014

montreux and lausanne

{a walk along the water}

{12th century chateau de chillon}

{a quick ride from montreux -> lausanne}

{a quick visit to the olympic museum in lausanne}

famous for its annual jazz festival, montreux is a tiny little town situated on the northern tip of lac leman and only a short train ride away from geneva.  although i was in paris during the jazz festival (of which, i've heard amazing things), montreux's chateau de chillon was still worth the trip.  initially home to the house of savoy, one of the oldest royal families in the world, the chateau felt eerily similar to a "game of thrones" set.  we wandered in and out of each cold, dimly lit room, reading aloud from the provided guide and gasping at the prospect of using a latrine that led directly back to the lake.  modern technologies rejoice. 

early in the afternoon, we boarded a boat to lausanne, home to the headquarters of the international olympic committee.  due to sudden rainfall, we quickly took shelter inside the safety of an italian restaurant, and ordered pizzas with names consisting of "kim kardashian" and "barack obama" (and did not order the fillet of horse meat also offered).  afterwards, although the museum itself had already closed, we amused ourselves with the gift shop and rest of the grounds, which were scattered with various plaques declaring the record for each olympic sport and/or event.  for example, the women's 2 m 06 and the men's 2 m 39 for the high jump.  people be cray. 

"she wasn't doing a thing that i could see, except standing there, leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together." 
- j.d. salinger

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