Lausanne: Lakes, Cathedrals, and Audrey Hepburn

Lausanne was the first stop on our Swiss road trip where the people spoke French, not German. It was such a nice change of pace to hear a different language than the German we have gotten accustomed to for 6 months. Lausanne is also the home of one of the Pepperdine study abroad houses.

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Driving from beautiful Interlaken, Lausanne is a very different city. It was more urban than I anticipated. We parked our car in a parking garage in the middle of the city, and we started walking around the streets. We visited the Cathedral where we bought 2 cute postcards to use for a scrapbook at home.

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We walked down from the cathedral into a more quaint part of town. A bunch of people were gathered around aiming their cameras and phones up at a building. They were waiting for the hourly clock show. About three minutes in we decided to leave as it was no match for Munich’s Glockenspiel or Prague’s Astronomical Clock.

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The lakefront of Ouchy was on our list of places to go while visiting Lausanne for a quick hour or two, but it was simply too far. We walked to the Pepperdine study abroad house instead. It was empty, unfortunately, but we took a few photos to prove we had stayed true to our alma mater.

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Personally, I couldn’t wait to get back into the car and drive for 15 more minutes to the grave site of Audrey Hepburn. The grave site was situated in the middle of a huge green field with just the sun and lake – it was beautiful. We were met with a few other travelers who apparently had my same idea, but it was a nice little visit to pay tribute to one of Hollywood’s most classic actresses and women.

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After Lausanne, we were headed to cross the border and see Annecy, France!

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