We’ve come to the last of my travel and style posts from Switzerland. How I wish I spent more days to tour around the country and its different cities. Oh well, at least I was able to make the most of my short trip and not to mention, the cold weather. Who knows when I can take these thick coats out for a spin again. That and my wool beret. You didn’t think I’d leave Europe without wearing it out at least once right? I mean, come on. Nothing says European chic than a beret.
Check out my last style post from Lausanne, taken once again at the beautiful grounds of Beau Rivage Palace.
Before we said goodbye to Switzerland, my sister and I went for a last hurrah in Lausanne. Did you know that aside from the charming structures and dramatic scenery, Lausanne is also most famous for being the Olympic Capital? It houses the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Museum. Naturally, our trip to this city wouldn’t be complete without visiting the museum!
So here we are, just a few steps away from our hotel.
Move over, Bolt!
These are the steps leading up to the museum. The years and locations of the past Olympic games are engraved on them. Can you see them?
The Olympic Museum documents the history of the Olympic games–from its origins during Ancient Greek times to our present-day games.
My Olympic Museum experience started with a crash course about the Ancient Greek games. This section was very informative. I was able to watch reenactments of how the games were played and what instruments they had to use before, during and after the games.
This is a quote from the father of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre De Coubertin. He was a man who was passionate about not just the sport itself but the values it brings.
These are the actual torches that were used through the years.
This was the first Olympic flag, designed by Pierre De Coubertin himself. He chose the colors of the rings and the background based on the colors used on the different flags of all countries so that all are fairly represented.
Before there are medals, there were trophies. Past winners were given these. These must’ve been heavy! But then again, you’ll feel all the more a big winner with awards like these.
If you ever visit the Olympic Museum as well, you must watch this compilation video of all the performances during the opening ceremonies. It gave me goosebumps!
A few of the opening and closing ceremonies’ costumes were also on display. Obviously, this was from one of the Winter Olympics. Aren’t the little pine trees and houses so cute?
Costumes of past athletes are also here.
This area is the most fun. You get to learn about the lifestyle of an athlete during the Olympics–everything from their schedule to their training to their diet! You get to play games as well that test your strength and athletic capabilities.
Read: “Shopping is not a sport on the Olympic programme” I saw this on the way in to the souvenir shop. Anyone care to petition against this? LOL!
You can’t see it clearly here but years and locations of when and where the Olympic games were held are also engraved on the column.
I wish we had more time to explore all the floors of the Olympic Museum. My sister and I definitely didn’t expect we’d enjoy it so much. It’s jampacked with so much information! It was so educational but definitely not boring. If you’re ever in the area, I strongly recommend paying the museum a visit. It’s for free (except for special exhibits).
So long, Switzerland! I will miss you and this view!