Tue 31 Jul 2012 The opportunity to slip into the home of Swiss cheese was not to be missed.
Lausanne was the target city, located in the French part of the country. Representing only about fifteen percent of the population, the locality is typically swiss, but is also an expensive version of France.
Out and about over the weekend with my CS host, there was meeting for fantastic Japanese lunch with pub beer chaser, an extended lakeside walk and visit to Chillon Castle.
As the home of the modern Olympics, it seems the locals were more focused on the upcoming national day than a world sport event of their partial ownership. Lausanne is the home of the IOC and the guy behind the modern Olympics lived in this very city... but it seems that for the most part the locals are oblivious.
While the experience was great, its not a great way to "expense" your European holiday, as the well recognised "Big Mac Index" which dials in Switzerland as one of the most expensive places to eat at the top of the McDonalds menu in the world. While I did not take time out at the world eating hall, I did get to experience a ten franc (AU$) Kebab and four minute train trip for three ($AU) francs. As the AU$ is the same as the Franc virtually, you get the idea. Its Aussie prices for a premium destination that takes itself pretty seriously.
Now its back to France for some time at the keyboard to restock the travel bank accounts.
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