Where We Be
Shannon Miller's leotard
Lausanne, Switzerland
Lausanne is the second largest city on Lake
Geneva. Known as the "Olympic Capital," it's
home to the International Olympic Committee
and the Olympic Museum. We used Lausanne as
a convenient base for exploring Montreux, the
surrounding Lavaux vineyards, and the Olympic
Museum itself. On our way to the museum we
walked along the Quai d’Orchy, a particularly
pretty section of waterfront filled with flowers,
fountains, and food stands. The nearby museum
is set on immaculately maintained grounds with
a constantly burning Olympic flame and sports-
oriented bronzes. Inside is a vast collection of
memorabilia from past summer and winter
games -- Shannon Miller’s leotard, the running
shoes of Carl Lewis and Jessie Owens, hockey
sticks from the 1984 U.S. hockey team, and so
much more. There's also a fascinating collection
of Olympic torches and medals.
The Quai d'Orchy is perhaps the prettiest section of Lausanne's waterfront
Sports-oriented statues are sprinkled all over the grounds of Olympic Park
We particularly liked the high jump located in front of the entryway, which was set at the all-time record high jump –
taller than I could reach with my arms fully extended above my head, and nearly twice as tall as Robin!
This is "The Cauldron" with its eternal Olympic flame
My turn!
We've always enjoyed watching the Olympics so this was one museum we couldn't resist
Impressive buildings like this one line Lausanne's waterfront
This was the view from the balcony of our 4th-floor room at the Lausanne Guesthouse. Across the lake on the French side rise the Savoy Alps.
One of the centerpieces of the museum is its display of Olympic torches. Nearby is a display of Olympic gold, silver, and bronze medals.
Jessie Owens' running shoes and ping-pong rackets with pictures of Mao and Nixon were just two of thousands of items on display at the museum
Great statues of athletes striving for glory were everywhere near the Olympic Museum
The exhibit included several inspirational short films on past Olympics -- including one in 3D!