A Travellerspoint blog

July 2010

Switzerland for a day

Lausanne Olympic Museum

sunny 25 °C

We pack and leave for Switzerland. G has been uncomfortable for the last few days and he is getting worse and medicine has not helped, so when we arrive at JL and RN’s we use their help to get some medical help. We are guided to the local hospital. Here they do a diagnosis and intervention is required as we expected. It is fairly quick and most importantly effective, as G regains his colour quickly.
JL and RN are consummate hosts as ever – wish we could spend more time. The wine boxes have escaped from the cellar and into the house – I realise I don’t really have many at all! We have had a nice lunch earlier and after a small tour around we are going locally to have Thai food for dinner, which is very nice, although different from Australian Thai food! Early to bed tonight.
Chelsea supporters

Chelsea supporters

View over Lac Leman

View over Lac Leman

With the Sydney torch - again

With the Sydney torch - again


G sleeps in late to recover, and after brekky we are off to Lausanne with JL to the Olympic museum to do a tour and look at all the exhibits. G also gets to test his physique against the worlds best. Neither of us shape up too well. We do get to see what some of the top skeleton and luge drivers are lying on when they throw themselves down the tracks in the winter Olympics – the desire to do that has passed me by. I remember mum’s story from the ‘76 Innsbruck games where she went down the women’s downhill course after the competition. The winner did around 1:45, it took Mum 45 minutes! A pleasant lunch in the museum Cafe before heading off to JL and RN’s to pack up to head off.
With JL and RN

With JL and RN

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Up to Chamonix

And Go Karting in Grasse

rain 20 °C

Next morning I take the bike for a proper ride, but as I don’t have all the gear I keep to the quiet roads and hills. Had a great time.
In the afternoon, L decides to head into Grasse to check out the perfume factories. As a historical centre for perfumes, Grasse has a number of factories around which do tours. Whilst she is doing this, G and I head into the hills to the Go Kart track. G is big enough that we get onto the intermediate track – 270cc 4 stroke motors – and they can go. We are on a short track, but with some good rise and falls and sharp turns. We had 15 minutes and I reckon I took the honours pretty well. By the end of the time, we had both got used to drifting a bit through the corners, picking our lines, all that good stuff. We walked off, and then back for another session and another 32 Euro. This time, the honours were evenly shared as G put a lot of lessons from the first session into play, and used his lighter weight and better acceleration to advantage. Great fun.Happy Boy

Happy Boy


So that was our last day and after another ride we pack and head north to Annecy. It is quite a ride and we have to stop a few times. Motorway lunch

Motorway lunch

Find the hotel, unload and then head in for dinner. It has been raining the whole time here, so we don’t get much of a look around, but what we see looks very pleasant.
In the morning(ish) we head east to Chamonix. Here we are going to go up the cable car to the Aguille du Midi to take in the magnificent views of Mont Blanc, six countries and a large proportion of the Alps. It is a great trip up to the middle station with great views over the valley and Chamonix.
At the half way point

At the half way point

Chamonix

Chamonix

At the middle station we change over to the upper car and head up – into the thick cloud which blocks the view past the end of you arm. So after some minutes in the cloud we clunk into position at the top station. Up here the air is thinner, so thin that it is very advisable to take it slow and not leap up any steps. We sit in the cafeteria to acclimatise and see if the cloud lifts. It doesn’t. Looking up to the top

Looking up to the top

It is COLD up here

It is COLD up here


We head up to the very top and have a look at the view, which is uniform in every direction – cloud. Go down and have a look at some mountaineering teams coming in, there is a mountain rescue team that has been on the snow for 3 days doing training. They are all carrying large packs and they are well roped together as it is a long way down in any direction. And although they are used to the altitude, their movements are very slow and deliberate.Coming in off the mountains after 3 days

Coming in off the mountains after 3 days


On the Aguille du Midi

On the Aguille du Midi


As the altitude is making G and L uncomfortable, we soon return to ground. Back in Chamonix we have a brief look about before we head back to Annecy. We have a brief chance to look around the lake edge part of town which is very picturesque, but no charge left in the battery so we have no photos to prove it. Would have been nice to spend more time around here – as i have said in a number of places... Nice dinner, then bed

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