Travel Guide to Switzerland (Day 5)

Day 5 – Arriving in Lausanne from Bern

The average journey time between Lausanne and Bern is 1 hour 5 minutes. The train fare costs about €26 for 2nd class ticket and you can purchase your train tickets in advance from https://www.trainline.eu/. Lausanne is in the French-speaking region of Switzerland, and is the fourth largest city in Switzerland.

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Interior of 1st class cabin
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Interior of 2nd class cabin

I always try to book ‘forward facing’ seats for long train journey with the reason that I find that it is not particularly comfortable ending up in a train seat that faces backward.

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The train ride passes through some of the most beautiful mountains and gorgeous views of the Swiss countryside.

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The scenery is simply not to be missed and this is what I adore about taking a train ride in Europe, to admire the beautiful window-framed scenery!

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Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne

Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne (EHL) is one of the world’s best hospitality management school. From Lausanne railway station, I took a 20 minutes metro ride to Croisette and 10 minutes bus ride to EHL. I felt that my sense of direction has improved tremedously when I eached EHL to meet my polytechnic friend Shinn.

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This is my friend Shinn and I am so proud of her for being the first student in Temasek Polytechnic’s Hospitality and Tourism Management to gain admission into EHL, which is accepted industry-wide as the best hotel school in the world.

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The mountain and gorgeous views of the Swiss countryside make EHL one of the nation’s most desirable and condusive environment to go grad school.

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We went to the Old Town, one of the beautiful highlights in Lausanne boasting numerous attractions including historical building and cobble stone streets.

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Just strolling around the cobblestone streets and admiring the glory of that beautiful sunset are pleasant enough.

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Lausanne Cathedral

We also visited Lausanne Cathedral, the most beautiful Gothnic church in Switzerland.

The interior of Lausanne Cathedral is Gothic at its most elegant design with beautiful window paintings.

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Another place that you have to visit when you are in Lausanne is Lake Geneva. Lake Geneva is one of the largest lake in Western Europe and is shared between Switzerland and France.

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Somehow or rather, it feels different to catch up with your friend in overseas and know more about their life. It is also great to know that they are doing well in their own field.

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Shinn brought me to have our dinner at Cafe Romand to taste the authentic Swiss food. It was really a lovely and comfortable evening with Shinn and we had so much to talk about ranging from school, work, life, travel, future and etc. It didn’t feel like we have only met and talked to each other for the very first time. Thank you Shinn for hosting me in Lausanne!

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Meeting Shinn In Lausanne!

Lausanne, Switzerland 

Shinn & Me!

I was really excited to come to Switzerland to meet Shinn in Lausanne. This is my first time meeting a friend overseas after 7 months of flying. Even though we have never spoken a single word to each other in school, our interests and love to travel has brought us together. So, I thought, why not visit Shinn in Lausanne since I will be flying to Switzerland. And I would really love to tour around École hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL). Coincidentally, my group did our semester 2.2 project based on building a educational-themed resort in Pulau Ubin, collaborating with EHL to offer diploma and degree courses. Can you imagine that I did my project based on this school and 2 years later, I am in Switzerland touring around the place? Wow, isn’t it so amazing..

Zurich HB Railway Station

I took a 10 minutes tram ride from my hotel to Zurich HB railway station and 2 hours and 11 minutes train ride to Lausanne.

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Second Class Cabin

The seats in the first class cabin are pretty comfortable. I didn’t know I was holding a second class ticket until the train conductor came around to check the tickets. I had to shift to second class cabin after a nice 30 minutes nap in first class. 😦

And…Guess what I saw when I woke up again from my nap?

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Snow-capped mountains! So b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l!

This is what I love about taking a train ride in Europe – looking out on the beautiful window-framed scenery! 🙂

École hôtelière de Lausanne

From Lausanne railway station, I took a 20 minutes metro ride to Croisette and 10 minutes bus ride to EHL. It was certainly a long journey to Lausanne from Zurich but it did not deter my determination. I felt great when I reached EHL cos my direction sense has definitely improved tremendously.

First HTM student to enter EHL

EHL is accepted industry-wide as the best hotel school in the world and I am so proud of Shinn for being the first HTM student to gain admission into EHL! I am sure this will pave the way for more HTM juniors to follow her footsteps.

Shinn took me around her school and introduced me to some of her friends. The students in EHL present themselves very well and it is also a school rule to wear business attire. They greet and acknowledge each other. I had to greet “Bonjour” here and there as we walked around the school. Here are some glimpses of the school..

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Berceau des Sens - Fine Dining Restaurant

This is the view guests get while having their meals at the fine dining restaurant.

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La Ferme - Causal Dining Restaurant

According to Shinn’s friend Cherie, her room is unfairly bigger than others and it is very true! Lucky babe! 🙂

Shinn's Room!

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Autograph by Chef Paul Bocuse for Shinn!

Chef Paul Bocuse is honored as Chef of the Century and how impressive to have an opportunity to dine at his Michelin 3 stars restaurant and even meet him in person! Really envious!

After touring around her room, Shinn brought me to the town and we also visited the Cathedral, Kathedrale Notre-Dame.

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Here is a question.. Why are the statues looking down? Is there a meaning to it? I realize that the statues are looking downwards in all the cathedrals that I have been to so far.

I also bought macaroons from Ladurée, which I did not manage to try it when I was in Paris. My favorite has got to be the pistachio flavor! Yum~

Shinn treated me to Mövenpick ice cream and I chose the pistachio flavor. I love pistachio!

Our next stop was Lake Geneva and I love this photo the most.

We ended our day with a nice dinner at Cafe Romand so that I can taste the authentic Swiss food here.

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We also had the Pork Knuckles.

It was really a lovely and comfortable evening with Shinn and we had so much to talk about ranging from school, work, life, travel, future and etc. It didn’t feel like we have only met and talked to each other for the very first time.

Shinn…Once again, I really appreciate you for taking the time out to plan the itinerary and bringing me around in Lausanne. Thanks for much for hosting me! There is so much passion in you for the hospitality industry and I am really happy for you to have this once-in-a-lifetime experience to study in EHL. I sincerely wish you all the best in your future endeavors! 🙂

P.S. Hope to see you in Shanghai to have Xiao Long Bao together. 😉