This past week my architecture atelier traveled to Lausanne for a site visit and to see some housing projects my professor's firm had built. To start, the studios are a bit different here than in the US. In the US, architecture professors are good at teaching and encouraging thought, but here the professors are practicing architects who also facilitate a studio two days per week with the help of a few assistants (TAs). Some of the professors are really famous while others are known in their area of expertise and are known in their respective cities. My professor is the latter. Her firm and the site of our 400 flat housing project this semester are in Lausanne. I recently bought some new Lightroom Filters and am in LOVE with one of the black and white ones so I thought I'd do a post in all black and white! Here ya go!
Day 1: Cappuccinos & Croissants at Le Pointu
This place was so cute, yet so strange! From the outside it seems like a cute little coffee shop that would close it's doors around 3pm, but that's the farthest thing from the truth! There croissants are great (BUT, they are loaded with butter, even more than a normal croissant would be so I would stay away if you have a sensitive stomach!). Croissants are literally the only option for breakfast! Who would have known that this place is actually a really popular bar at night and is pretty empty in the morning in comparison!
From Le Pointu we went with our professors to see some of the housing projects they designed! This was a real treat because I've never seen any of my professors own work. How strange is that? We broke off into smaller groups to explore the forest of Lausanne and see the site of our project this semester. This was such a great thing for me. I sincerely needed a little time in the quiet of the woods. <3
On the second day, after seeing a few more housing projects, we split off once again for dinner! Two of my friends and I followed Rick Steves suggestion and tried Café Romand which was TO DIE FOR! Fondue with my favorite cheese, Gruyere! Fun fact, Gruyere is a product of Switzerland and is made in a small little town called..... GRUYERE! Any way, one day I hope to be doing a blog about my trip there! ;) This was the best meal I've had since I've been in Switzerland.
Day 3: Boat Trip to Vevey
On the third day we all boarded a boat in Ouchey (the old town) and headed to Vevey, another small town on Lake Geneva. This boat ride gave me some of the most beautiful views I have ever seen and just kept going! It was around $18 one way, but well worth it! You can take a train back for $5.
On this trip we also had Raclette, but honestly I did not get any good photos of it. I anticipate to go to a restaurant for it soon!