Located on the shores of Lake Geneva in western Switzerland, Lausanne is a medium-sized city and a good base for exploring the area. Lake cruises leave from the docks at the city waterfront, and make for a relaxing way to sightsee along the lakeshore, including the terraced vineyards of the Lavaux region (a World Heritage site).
Farther down the shoreline, the Chateau de Chillon is a well-preserved castle dating back to the 12th century, and is the most visited monument in Switzerland.
Lausanne is the home of the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee. There is also a very good Olympic Museum in the lakeside Ouchy district. This made for an especially timely visit with the 2016 Summer Games in Rio starting soon. As you enter the museum, you walk under a high jump bar set to the current Olympic record of 8 ft 0-1/2 in. Gazing up, we wondered: how is it humanly possible to clear that bar?
Time for a quiz. (1) What do the five rings in the Olympic emblem represent? (2) What do the colors represent? (Answers at the end of this post.)
The museum devotes one floor to the history of the games, one floor to memorabilia from past games, and one floor to the experiences of the athletes. On display is a basketball signed by the members of the USA “dream team” that won gold at the Barcelona games in 1992. Last quiz question: (3) How many of the dream team members can you name?
Here are the answers to the quiz questions:
1. The five continents of the world.
2. Along with the white background of the Olympic flag, the colors represent all of the colors used in national flags of participating countries at the time of its debute (1913).
3. Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Clyde Drexler, Scottie Pippen, Chris Mullen, and Christian Laettner. (If you got 3 names correct, not counting the ones you can read on the picture, good. 5 names, excellent. More than 5, outstanding, but maybe you should rethink your time priorities.)
We are on the move again, heading for Basel enroute to the next phase of our adventure in Germany and France.