Plaines de Vidy

Route de Vidy
Here, each can truly do their own thing, because it has everything: history with a capital H, sport, boats and picnics, theatre and camping, strolls and competitions, delicacies and silence. To visitors of the Vaud capital, Expo 64, the national exhibition, is still regarded as boasting an exceptional leisure area by the lake which has nothing like the appearance it had before.

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Dominik, the arch-photo fan
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Dominik the arch-photo fan
What could be better than ending a summer day at the beach in Vidy? Within walking distance of the town centre, we love chilling there with the family around a barbecue as well as cooling down in the lake. Not to mention the splendid sunsets…
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Charlotte, the dancer rider
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Charlotte the dancer rider
The path in front of the IOC is where I love to go and practise longboard dancing. The conditions are ideal: really smooth concrete and the perfect slight incline to let myself glide in the flow as I perform a sequence of dancing movements.
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Ratana, the chic mamma
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Ratana the chic mamma
On the lakeside in Vidy, let yourself be enticed by the aromas of barbecues, the sound of berimbau, the spontaneous party for a newborn, the runners, bystanders and Sunday pétanque players. Just settle comfortably on a bench or on the water’s edge and watch the goings-on around you. It’s the peaceful mix and intermingling of cultures that are Lausanners.

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The Gallo-Roman ruins of Lousonna used to enjoy a privileged location where roads and waterways crossed. From the end of the first century BC, this city thrived under the vibrancy of the Roman Empire, Mediterranean imports marrying with the indigenous Celtic culture. In the 4th century AD, it was progressively deserted in favour of the hill of the Cité, the birthplace of the current city. The remains include a complete forum, with a public area and the foundations of a basilica (civic and commercial centre), a temple and several living and artisan districts. As for the Roman museum of Lausanne-Vidy, it is housed on the grounds of an ancient Roman villa.

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