Lausanne, capital of the canton of Vaud
During the XVIIIth century, travelers stopped by this attractive and peaceful, sloping city: Voltaire, Mozart, Goethe. Lausanne is fashionable, thanks to the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Lausanne University is then famous for its Science and Law Faculties. Beginning of the XXth century, the writer and poet C. F. Ramuz will describle the city as: "A beautiful farming lady who have made her humanities." By 1850, Lausanne is undergoing an expanding industrial and economical growth. At that time, the city boundaries hardly exceed the medieval limits. Authorities undertake important works of civil engineering to cope with a territory made of several hills and rivers, modifying strikingly it's aspect. Today Lausanne is a dynamic city, well adapted to the XXIst century. Latest achievement, a completely automatic subway system (M2), between the edge of the lake, at Ouchy, and Epalinges, a climb of over 450 meters, without any driver.
As you will have understood by now, Retour de chine ("antique hunting") is not located in the countryside, despite the song of the numerous birds nestling in it's garden. Retour de chine sits in the town with the characteristies and noise inherent to an active and prosperous city. Therefore you will appreciate the commodities such as the bus at the door, international firms and sportsgrounds wthin a 5 to 15 minutes walk... a rarety in any town.
As for leasure, you only can be embarrassed: town, lake, mountains, countryside. Only 35 minutes by boat, across the lake, to enjoy the arrival view of Evian, in France. During the summer you will enjoy swimming in the most beautiful natural pool, the largest lake of Europe! And in winter, the proximity of ski slopes is a real plus! In addition to the wonderful scenery, this region offers an exceptional quality of life. Your hosts will be keen to help you along to experience a lively stay with numerous discoveries out of the beaten paths, and make you feel at home.
Switzerland in pictures
Starting from Lausanne, you can radiate throughout Switzerland to discover its treasures.