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