Europe 14 - Day 7
Having spent 4 days in Paris it was now time to move on. We were to travel by high speed train from Gare de Lyon in Paris to Lausanne in Switzerland. We took the Metro to Gare de Lyon and then had some time to wait in this immense station. We were tempted to visit the famous Le Train Bleu restaurant, but we settled for a coffee at the simple Montreaux Jazz Cafe instead. Only after our time in Switzerland did we realise that we would pass Montreaux by boat and train.
The train departure board listed our train but we had to wait to discover the platform. We had booked seats and soon discovered that the platform has a cunning map of the train showing were to find your carriage. A lot of the stations we visited in Switzerland also had this same system.
Paris to Lausanne
We found train Number 9269 to Lausanne, departing 1141. We had seats 25 & 26 in Coach 15. The weather was not great as the train sped south through France, getting up to 250 km/h at times. The scenery flashed past. As we headed south, the land became more rugged and the architecture slowly changed, until it was obvious that we were in Switzerland. The train arrived on time in Lausanne at 1537. Then we had to head across the road to the local train station, buy a ticket and head downhill to Ouchy on the northern shore of Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). The Movenpick Hotel (yes, of chocolate fame) was nearby, then we were able to take a short stroll around the harbour area.
We walked the short distance along the lake front to the Movenpick Hotel. Found our room and looked out over the lake. The weather was gloomy, overcast with occasional light showers. Not what the tourist brochures show of Switzerland!
Last updated: 14/09/2014