There is no better way than traveling to broaden our horizons and learn more about the world we live in. Most people stay relatively close to their geographical area, and they are missing out. The best vacation destinations seniors will love could be famous and well-visited, or perhaps a hidden gem.
How else do you find out how the rest of the world deals with daily life. By traveling, we are likely to gain an appreciation for our own countries. Not every country enjoys the same freedoms as North Americans do. Yet, I truly believe many people take everything we have for granted.
By traveling, we get to see how our country excels and where we might fall short.
SWITZERLAND IS A TRULY SPECIAL COUNTRY
There are some countries that do things exceptionally well.
Switzerland is a great example. On a trip to Switzerland to visit with a friend, I was amazed at the Swiss way of life. They have an amazing train system that runs on an almost exact schedule. Their trains are more accurate than most North American city buses.
The country is immaculate and clean to a fault. It must be against the law to litter in Switzerland. My friend lived in a small town called Nylon.
Every morning I could hear the sound of the big street sweepers cleaning the side-streets. They went through that little town every morning. Who else in the world even does that?
NYON IS A MUST SEE SMALL TOWN
Nylon is right on Lake Geneva, across the lake from France.
The town is full of Roman architecture as Switzerland was at one time a Roman colony. Nylon was where Julius Caesar sent his Centurions when they retired from the army. The ruins of a forum, amphitheater, and basilica can still be found dotted around the Nylon area.
The Roma Museum can be found on rue Maupertuis and it resides in the foundation of the basilica that harkens back to the 1st Century A.D. Don’t miss the opportunity to view everyday artifacts used by original Roman settlers.
My friend lived a few short blocks from Nylon Castle. Yes, she had a castle in the middle of her town. Nylon Chateau dates back to the 16 Century. From the late 1990s to the mid-2000s the castle was recreated as a museum.
If you get a chance to visit, you will see firsthand wallpaper from the 16th and 17th centuries. There are also many exhibits featuring 18th and 19th-century porcelain and pottery created by local artisans
It should be noted that the crime rate is very low in Switzerland. A homicide or bank robbery is a really big deal.
Every male spends two years in the army, and although Switzerland is a neutral country, they can mobilize a very well-trained army on short notice. As my friend said one day, “every guy I know has a big rifle in his closet.”
A JAUNT TO LAUSANNE
Laussane is just a short train ride away from Nylon and is an amazing city with many sights worth seeing.
The train follows Lake Geneva to Lausanne.
Actually, the locals of Nylon and Lausanne are not really fond of the name “Lake Geneva.” They like to think the lake is for everybody and not just Geneva. At one time, back in the middle ages, it was actually called Lac de Lausanne. I suppose that upset people who lived in Geneva.
The name changed to Lake Geneva when Geneva grew in stature.
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There are many French citizens living in the area as this particular Canton is mainly French-speaking. Some Cantons(provinces) are German, some are Italian, some are Italian, and some speak a little known dialect called Romansh.
The French like the name, Lac Leman. If you want to impress them, use this name in conversation when talking about Lake Geneva.
The first thing that will strike you about Lausanne is the stunning backdrop of the huge lake and the incredible Alp Mountains. Much like Nylon and the rest of Switzerland, the city was sparkling clean. If you decide to stay in Lausanne for a few days, choose the Hotel de la Paix.
The hotel has huge balconies and there is nothing like getting up in the morning and taking your morning coffee with an absolutely stunning view. As the sun rises, the view changes the landscape.
Just like Nylon, Lausanne has a castle in the middle of the city. The Cathedral of Notre Dame of Lausanne was constructed in around the 12th century and boasts an organ made in Boston that weighs in at six million dollars.
You just have to try the helicopter tour for stunning views that will stay with you forever. The company is called Heli-Lausanne. The company offers a ride of about 20 minutes that will take you over Lac Leman and the city. It then plots a course over Lavaux vineyards. The vineyards are actually a UNESCO world heritage site. If you want to try something truly spectacular, the company will fly you to the mountains for a fondue picnic!
There is so much to do and see in Lausanne.
Of course, the lake offers dozens of options to entertain yourself. There are beaches, bars, restaurants, short eco-cruises If you want to get out on the lake you can try one of the solar-powered boats. You can even take a dip if the captain will allow it.
Talk about food! Lausanne, like much of Switzerland, is famous for chocolate, wine, and cheese. Be sure to visit the street food festival and farmers market. The L’Espace Chocolat is a great place to visit because they stick an apron on you and you get to make some chocolates.
When it’s time for dinner try Pinte Besson, one of Lausanne’s oldest restaurants. You can’t go wrong with the Swiss cured meat and cheese fondue that is a compilation of Gruyere, raclette, white wine, and garlic.
Make a point of trying the local wine grown at the Lavaux Vineyards. The vineyards are huge and follow the shoreline of Lac Leman for 30 kilometers! The hand-harvested grapes are used to produce a white wine that compliments cheese fondues.
I just had to go to the Olympic Museum. It has the most complete collection of Olympic artifacts in the world. It’s quite expensive by North American standards but well worth the money. It’s very modern and has interactive technology.
The museum displayed all the Olympic torches, and of course, I had to search out the one from Calgary. I was a volunteer during the 1988 Winter Olympic Games hosted by Calgary.
Try and time your visit to the Festival La Cite. It attracts talent from all over the world including musicians, singers, and dancers. You have your choice of over 90 shows spread over six days.
MAKE SWITZERLAND A MUST SEE VACATION
Switzerland is a truly remarkable country and I just touched on some of it.
I would highly recommend Lausanne as your central location, especially if you plan to take in the six-day Festival. Take the short train ride to Nylon and Geneva and even if you just visited those three locations you would have a fabulous holiday.
An alternative would be to stay in Geneva and make it your jumping-off point to Nyon, Lausanne, and many other cities. The one advantage of Geneva is the tours that use the city as a jumping-off point to destinations a bit further away.
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