I left Interlaken in the morning took the train westward to the beautiful city of Lausanne. To get to Lausanne I had to switch trains once in Bern. If I had more time I would have like to check out Bern as it’s the capital, although the largest city in Switzerland is Zurich.
Recently I attended a Hospitality and Technology conference (HITEC) on behalf of The University of Guelph as a student volunteer. I had an incredible time at the conference and met many other hospitality students representing their school as volunteers. Most of the students were from various States but there were three students from Ecole Hoteliere De Lausanne, a very reputable and well-known school for their focus on hospitality education.
I was planning to go to Switzerland prior to meeting these students, but after meeting them it was a great opportunity to see them in Lausanne (and see the school!!) Unfortunately the school was closed for summer and various construction projects, but peering through the glass and walking around the buildings was a joy! Pictured above is the main building, student operated restaurant, and the view of the garden and mountains from the restaurant.
Next we went to the vineyards of Lausanne/Monreaux which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007. Although wine may not be the first thing to cross your mind when you think of Switzerland (cheese was mine), this mountainous little land produces incredible wine! We stopped at a outdoor terrace to sip some wine before lunch.
According to my friend, the grapes of the vineyard are warmed by three suns – the actual sun, the light reflected from the mountains and light reflected from the lake (Lake Geneva or Lac Leman). Did I taste three suns?? Unfortunately not quite, but it was wonderful sweet white wine like a Riesling. Kevin claims to have tasted at least two suns :) Since the vineyards don’t have enough grapes to produce wine to export, it was special to have a glass here in Lausanne. After sipping wine we went to the grocery store to pick up some food for a picnic along the lake. I loved picnicking and I couldn’t have asked for a better view. Kevin kindly tried to make my experience as Swiss as possible so we picked up Swiss cheese, two varieties of Swiss cured meat, bread, tomatoes and some fruit.
Picnic was followed with a drive around the chic, beautiful, lakeshore town of Monreaux. I was grateful that Kevin drove us around all day! It would have been trickier trying to see the vineyards or Monreaux by public transit. I couldn’t have asked for a better day with the sun in the sky and all the suns in my wine!