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We meet again! If you’re here for a craft project, this is the wrong post for you. If, HOWEVER, you want to see a gratuitious amount of photos of Switzerland, then stick around partner.

Where we last left off, we had just traveled 22 hours to our friends Randy and Tamara’s house in Switzerland via planes, trains, and automobiles. We spent our first night in Cully, a nearby village that hosts a huge jazz festival. The next morning (Sunday) we woke up suprisingly refreshed and jet-lag free.

And just like the day before, the weather was pretty damn perfect.

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We caught the train to Lausanne and walked down to the harbor  to take a boat across the lake to Evian, France.

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Rand and Tam bought our ferry tickets while we ate a little picnic on the rocks.

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Can’t beat a lunch view like that.

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Pretty soon it was time to hop on the ferry and enjoy the view of Lausanne from the water.

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We wandered the streets and explored the city.

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Because we were there on a Sunday, the usually busy town was pretty deserted.

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Evian is famous for, you guessed it, water. The ‘source’ is an actual fountain that still runs with the famous mineral water.

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The Source Cachet, the original Evian water source, is located just up the hill from the central pedestrian shopping district in Evian on Avenue des Sources. This is the location where, in 1789, the spring water was ‘discovered’ on the Cachet family property. Over the years, the fame spring about the curative results for those who drank the water and baths were created in Evian.

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Locals bring bottles daily just to get the Evian mineral water from the source. Of course we had to oblige. SWITZERLAND-4461 SWITZERLAND-4463

After we were properly hydrated, we had to balance everything out with beer and lunch. SWITZERLAND-4467

Followed by a little more sightseeing.

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Then back to the docks to catch the ferry back to Lausanne.

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Bye France, smell you later!

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Back in Lausanne we walked around the oddly quiet downtown streets of Sunday afternoon Lausanne.

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We stopped for a few beers in a bar built into the stone arches of the historic city. I tell ya, European bars are beyond cool.  SWITZERLAND-00545 SWITZERLAND-4480 SWITZERLAND-00546

Then we walked around downtown for awhile longer, eventually coming across the Cathedrale de Lausanne.

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From the top of the hill where the cathedral is located, you can see some great views of the city.

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We ate dinner at Les Brasseurs.

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The food was amazing, but the highlight of the meal was “la colonne” – literally an entire column of beer with a tap for the table.

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We finished it, don’t worry. No beer was wasted during our trip, I assure you.

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After dinner we walked around the city  a little more. Approaching the train station we stumbled upon this building. Fun fact: The headquarters of theInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) are located in Lausanne – the IOC officially recognizes the city as the Olympic Capital.

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Next up, a scenic day trip to hike in the Swiss Alps!

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  • Stacy May 16, 2013, 10:46 am

    All of your pictures from your trip are so, so beautiful! And sorry about that tiramisu while you’re not doing any sugar, ouch!

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