Saturday's weather report called for brilliant sunshine and high temperatures of 11c. The past couple weeks have featured rainy weather, a flu bug that took turns attacking the family, an extended stay of my wife's cousin, and out of town/country work commitments of my wife. My only event of the day was to watch my son play hockey in Geneva at 1:15. A ride around Lake Geneva ( Lac Leman to the locals ) was the "route de jour".
Start of the trip........brilliant sunshine???
I left Nyon around 9:30 am and decided to go in a clock wise direction. This way the lake would always be on my right. First stop, about 20km away is the mid-evil castle at Rolle. When we were on our house hunting trip in 05 I stopped here and went in one of the side doors. There were no "keep out" signs. It was bizarre to go up the ancient, worn, dark staircase in the tower. I came to a door on an upper level that was open. I went in to the hallway and found that I was at the office where you need to get your dog license. Now you know where to go when you visit, Statdawg. The castle was being occupied by other city offices like this. Cool place to work!
Next stop was about another 20km north at the mid-evil castle in Morges. Looks similar. This one is now a Military Museum. Haven't been inside but I will check it out before I return to the New World.
The marina in Morges.
There are numerous docks where both large and small passenger/ferry's take on passengers on both sides of the lake. It's a great way to get around if you're not on a moto. If you are touring on a Swiss Rail pass, all the boat fares as well as museum entrance fees are covered by the Swiss Pass. If you can't do a moto trip, a bicycle and a rail pass are the next best way to go. Here's one of the smaller boats docked in Morges.
Next was fuel stop. Hundred octane Shell, self-service. The conversion of this is $36.85 USD for 5.6 US Gallons. Now you know the real reason they love those tiny cars, it's not the enviornment, it's the economy......that and the tiny parking spaces.
On the right is one of the nicest hotels on the lake, the Beau-Rivage in Lausanne. I attended a company dinner with my wife here. The interior is amazing. I never really can get comfortable in places like that so once is enough for me.
This is the fountain at the entrance of the Olympic Museum, also in Lausanne. Most notable relic for me was Jean Claude Killy's race suit from the 68 Olympics in Grenoble. He's either very small, about jockey size, or that suit REALLY stretches.
I continued around the bend towards Montreaux when I saw this out of the corner of my eye. This is what I call a "turn around" situation. You see something, ride for a bit, and then determine that "yes" you need a closer look and you go back to see what it really is. Well, this didn't disappoint me. I always knew that I wanted to come back in my next life as some type of sea creature. This is the one!! You can't see the back of it but it has two legs that are fins at the back. Yes, a man fish being ridden by a topless maiden. This is in front of the Lausanne Water Works Dept. I'm going back in the spring when the water is on to see it in all it's aquatic glory. It looks like water will be shooting out of mouths of the fish the merman is holding.