Feeling like a little stroll , well i took the car looking for a relaxing place lake side location , figure i would head for Lausanne, a pretty swiss city with a beautiful lake in front and as if Lausanne weren’t relaxed enough already, it has Ouchy as a lakeside terrace on which to stroll, chill out, and enjoy the mountain views and fresh breezes. Officially and proudly a separate commune from Lausanne, Ouchy for years survived as a fishing port, but these days, although some fishing continues, it’s become one of the more chic of the Swiss lakeside resorts, with waterfront cafés abounding.
Arriving in Lausanne I headed to center , train station and figure where to go from there , got a tip off that Ouchy is the place to see and specially the Olympic museum , so off I went ...
Some 500m west of Ouchy’s neo-Gothic château, now a hotel, and beyond the majestically opulent Hôtel Beau-Rivage set in its own grounds, you’ll come to the Parc Olympique, home of Lausanne’s much-touted flagship Musée Olympique (May–Sept daily 9am–6pm; Oct–April Tues–Sun 9am–6pm; Fr.14, audioguide Fr.3; SMP; www.olympic.org closed on 25th december and 1st january). Opened in 1994, it’s a very grand affair, with formal gardens and fountains preluding the sweeping pomp of the interior design, but it’s rather unsatisfying nonetheless. Displays on the Olympics of ancient Greece and the restoration of the games in modern times are moderately engaging, but the main focus of the museum – banks of video screens replaying events from past summer and winter games, to the accompaniment of suitably stirring music – is handy for recalling the triumphs of Daley Thompson or Florence Griffith but ends up, unfortunately, as little more than glorified TV. Rows and rows of medals, sheets of Olympic postage-stamps, and cases of objects from athletes past (discuses, speed bikes, and Carl Lewis’s old running shoes) do nothing to help tell any special stories. The computerized video library, which lets you select and view any of several hundred past events from the Olympics, the soccer World Cup, European championships, the NBA, Wimbledon or the Tour de France, would make the museum unmissable but for the fact that you’re only allowed to choose two events, and they tend to comprise, for instance, three or four minutes of goal action, or one single track event. Even for sports fans, it’s a washout.
After going around the museum , I found beside the chateau of Ouchy hotel , a cute little Italian food market !! So cool
Can't wait to return there thus summer and rent a small motor boat on the lake ...
By:Chef Nicholas Anderson for www.culinaryglobetrotter.com