Instagram Travel Thursday: a peek of lovely Lausanne

Ah, I have been a stranger, I know.

To make a long story short, a few months ago I decided that I wanted to go back to school. However after going through my school credits and doing some research I found out that there was no way for me to transfer them to Swiss schooling, so I decided to get a GED, so I’d have a standardized certificate. I took my first exam in April, and today I just took my last (there are five.)

Because of these exams, I have had to travel to Lausanne several times over the past few months, which started out as a hassle, but then ended up being a true pleasure. I had driven through Lausanne before, stopped at a restaurant, and we did a quick tour by car on our way back from Morges a couple of years ago, but I wasn’t terribly impressed.

Now I know why. Lausanne isn’t really a city you can explore by car. You need to take the time to walk around. Sure, that point could be made of most cities, but in Lausanne I have found it to be especially true.

Here are a few photos I shared on Instagram during my day trips to Lausanne:

The colorful building housing the Hotel Aulac and several shops and restaurants,
right across from the Ouchy harbor park.

Switzerland is full of green spaces and lovely parks, big and small –
but the riverfront park at Ouchy Harbor is definitely one of my favorite spots

As a born and bread island girl (and a honorary Californian), one of the hardest things for me
is to be away from the sea for most of the year. The Zurich lake is lovely,
but it never quite fills the bill. Somehow the Ouchy waterfront managed to make me feel
less homesick – yes, it’s on a lake, but it just looks at feels so different. I simply love it!

As soon as the weather allowed, I made this my regular lunch spot
during my day trips to Lausanne. After spending hours cooped up  stressing out about the exam,
sitting on the grass in the fresh air and enjoying such lovely surroundings was heavenly, such a treat!

Another treat: the delicious gelato from the ice cream stand right at the entrance of the park,
behind the Kiosk. It’s definitely got this Italian girl’s stamp of approval!

My GED exams are over, but I can’t wait to go back to Lausanne! So stay tuned form more Instagram tibits!


  • Congrats on big decision on going back to school and especially congrats on finally doing the last test! The pictures are gorgeous!

  • So pretty! It’s been a while since I went to Lausanne, but I still remember the beauty of the city. Can’t think of a much nicer place to go to school to. Thank you for joining our Instagram travel thursday and I look forward to your future posts!

  • Oh my ! The gelato looks fantastic. You have captured great travel via Instagram.

    I’ve only been to Switzerland once, and I would love to go back again.

    Thanks for joining our link-up, and we certainly hope that you do it again.

  • Grass is always greener… I have the Pac Ocean at my fingertips, yet I long for the lakes of Switzerland 😉 Lausanne looks lovely! Congrats on your exams being over. Can’t wait to hear more about your school stuff!

  • what a beautiful place and such gorgeous photos! thanks for taking us on a mini virtual trip! 😀

    <3, Mimi

  • Congratulations about your last exam! I love these beautiful photos of Lausanne. I’ve been wanting to go, so these are very inspiring.

  • ewww, getting enrolled and transferring school stuff is always hard. glad you didn’t do the whole process but decided to get GED instead. 😉 and i miss the ocean or the sea whenever i’m not around. as i am currently in switzerland, luzern, it’s just not the same. it’s lovely but will not replace the ocean i’m so used to.

  • I’m little late in commenting but I loved your images from Lausanne. I’ve been to Switzerland a few times, but more to Bern-Interlaken-Luzern direction than Lausanne. And that gelato… Could I have some now please! Hope to see you again at the next Instagram Travel Thursday this week!

  • Kat

    Looks beautiful – gelato inclusive. I hope you are doing well, Elisa! Big-big hugs, dear!
    – Kat (if you remember from April Wellness)

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