We are winding down our time in Switzerland—it has been fun for me, work for Chris. I guess this was my true vacation—I had time to just read and relax and do whatever I wanted to do which was wonderful.
I went to the Olympic Museum and spent several hours browsing all the exhibits. They had a great section devoted to Vancouver and the First Nation art which was spectacular. Outside the museum the gardens are beautiful with many sculptures and it is in a beautiful setting on the hill overlooking Lake Geneva. I spent a lot of time just walking around taking shots of the different sculptures and just enjoying it all.
The exhibits inside were really great also–complete in English for all the visitors who come who do not speak French or German. There was a display of all the torches that have been used over the years, displays of all of the medals, all the costumes of the skaters, shoes, skis, snowboards, etc. And a huge area devoted to “doping” and the effect of that on the Olympics. Great place and definitely worth the 15 francs admission fee.
I was glad I got there when I did as the “schoolies” started coming in later on and it was a lot noisier than it had been when I started my tour!!! Glad I got it underway early!!! They did not really seem all that interested in the exhibits as they were texting and talking more than looking!! Guess I probably would not have been any different at their age…I am getting old!!!
So today is Chris’ s last day of his course and he should be home earlier than the 11 pm he got home last night!! It is going to rain today so it may curtail the walking about a bit but we will see what he is up to. Gotta get ready to leave for home tomorrow–glad he decided to stay the extra night as it would have been rushed to make it to the airport tonight since you have to take a taxi to the train to the airport! Tomorrow we will have plenty of time which is a good thing!
The pictures at the top of the post are all of outside the museum. The Olympic Totem was created by Jim Hart who lives part time in Vancouver. The totem features an eagle (his own emblem), copper, (greatly valued by First Nations) Orca (revered and respect), Brown bear (open stomach which symbolizes birth but also the possibility of returning for safety), Salmon (essential resource for the First Nations—supports the pole the same way as it meets their needs–the cycle of life).