Friday, November 14, 2008

LAUSANNE - THE LAKESIDE

During our holidays, we visited the pretty town of Lausanne, the capital of the Canton of Vaud. There, we spent the day, walked around the place and did a little shopping...

Lausanne is situated on the shores of Lac Léman, facing the Alps. It is located about 50km northeast of Geneva and it's name is of Roman origin. The Romans built a military camp near a Celtic settlement and called it "Lousanna". After the the fall of the Roman Empire, it was ruled by the Dukes of Savoy and the Bishop of Lausanne. Then it came under Berne from 1536 to 1798. Finally, during the Napoleonic Wars, its status changed. In 1803, it became the capital of a newly formed Swiss canton, Vaud under which it joined the Swiss Federation.

Here is a first batch of pictures (click on the photos to enlarge) I took around the magnificent lakeside in Ouchy. Unfortunately, the weather (cold, grey & miserable) wasn't very exciting and the conditions really not favourable for taking good shots... I hope you enjoy!

31 comments:

  1. What beautiful photos in spite of, or perhaps because of the cloudy weather! Those clouds are gorgeous.

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  2. ..merci à toi..avec tes magnifiques photos,tu me fais voyager;)

    ~nancy

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  3. Uaoooo tes photos du lac sont magnifiques!! Bises bon week end :-)

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  4. Les photos où on ne distaingue pas l'eau du ciel sont superbes.

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  5. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Pity we didn't go to Lausanne. It looks like a lovely place and although cloudy your photos are still great.

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  7. Truly a beautiful place that worth visiting, very tranquil. Ouchy is very interesting indeed, I bet it attracts a lot of young extreme sport enthusiast (like my son) to come to this area!

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  8. Breathtaking pictures of a breathtaking town! Rosa, these pictures are having a wonderfully-calming effect on me.

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  9. I enjoyed these pictures ... they evoked a certain feel ... probably for the day itself! Such is November! I'm glad you got out and about on explores!

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  10. I love the last picture! I love anything with mountains...

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  11. Superbe!
    La montagne me manque!!!

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  12. I think the pictures are lovely. I love the blueish hue. They are both beautiful and eerie.

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  13. Beautiful! You do such a lovely job with your photographs!

    Hope you had a blast!

    Blessings!
    Lacy

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  14. Oh Rosa, that is BEAUTIFUL! What a quaint and fun place to vacation. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Quelquefois, la grisaille donne un côté mélancolique que tu as admirablement saisi, c'est beau!

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  16. It looks just lovely! Did you have any good meals while you were there?

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  17. Hi Rosa!

    Wow! What gorgeous, dreamy photos! I have lots of things to catch up with on your blog...starting with those cinnamon muffins I just spied on the post previous to this one! :-) Its great to be back, and so nice to catch up with blogging friends again! Your beautiful photography always makes me smile. :-)

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  18. Such a lovely place! I bet you had great vacation there.

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  19. Danke für den Bericht, Ich war schon lange nicht mehr da. Ich freue mich auf die Fortsetzung (mit der Metro)

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  20. super belles photos! c'est un endroit vraiment joli!

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  21. Superbes photos du lac léman sous le brouillard, c'est magnifique. D'où as-tu bien pu prendre le dernier cliché...

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  22. MARION: Merci! Je l'ai pris depuis les hauts de Lausanne...

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  23. tu me fends le coeur, je peux pas venir avant mai de l'an prochain. snif, snif.

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  24. I've visited Lausanne before. Many years ago. Loved it. Love your photos.

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  25. je ne saurai pas dire qu'elle est la photo que je préfère , peut être celle avec les mouettes , quoique la dernière me plait bien
    bises bon we

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  26. Tu fais de magnifiques photos!
    Bises

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  27. Superbe reportage , la dernière vue me donne très envie d'aller à la montagne .bises

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  28. tes photos, qui sont superbes, me rappellent d'excellents souvenirs ma tante vivait à genève et j'allais la voir très souvent quand j'étais étudiante et nous allions parfois à lausanne ensemble

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  29. So breathtakingly beautiful. Sigh.

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