Train travel is surprisingly easy when in Europe. Take for example the Paris to Switzerland’s TGV Lyria. You get to choose from Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Basel or even Zurich. All departing from Paris. We took the noon train from Paris to Lausanne. The journey lasted a little over three hours. Passing through French towns such as Dijon, Frasne and Vallorbe in Switzerland.
Stepping out from the train, we were greeted by the fresh air of the Swiss. Most likely due to psychological rather than real reasons, we felt refreshed. Compared to Paris, Lausanne seemed like a small town. We located the travel information counter who redirected us back to the ticketing counter for our Swiss Pass. As noted earlier in one of my previous posts, the Swiss Pass is by far the most economical ticket during my stay in Switzerland. We saved about CHF450 per person, not inclusive of time that would be wasted on queuing and asking around.
The Swiss Pass is sold at the TICKET counters, not the TRAVEL counters
After checking into the hotel which was just located opposite the Lausanne train station. We had half a day left to explore Lausanne. Everyone got their walking shoes on as we headed to Fondation de l’Hermitage. If you had done your research, you would know that Lausanne is situated on a slightly hilly side. That was never more apparent than the steep slope we had to climb to get from the train station level up to the Eglise Saint-François level to catch our #16 Bus.