Who knows his name is Raymond? Everyone knows him as Burki. For the last twenty years the newspaper sketch artist for 24 Heures has been the darling of Vaud thanks to his ability to sum up a complicated situation in a single drawing that is both biting and affectionate.
A drawing without words speaks for itself. In the canton of Vaud, no one is considered truly famous until they’ve been caricatured by Burki. His “victims” are still proud to be on the receiving end of his wit. And to think that Raymond Burki, born in Lausanne in 1949 and a long-time resident of Epalinges, spends most of his time with silent companions: the trout and gudgeons of the Vaud rivers.
“Lausanne is everything! When I was twenty, I went to Paris for a year and I couldn’t wait to get back to Lausanne to breathe some mountain air; you can smell it as soon as you leave the train station!”
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“Lausanne is everything! When I was twenty, I went to Paris for a year and I couldn’t wait to get back to Lausanne to breathe some mountain air; you can smell it as soon as you leave the train station!” Lausanne also represents my childhood in La Sallaz. Between 1967 and 1973, we always heading down from there to the town centre. My Lausanne begins north of the train station…
Outskirts of the city You can’t find me at Le Flon or Riponne. You’ll find me standing in one of the rivers: I spend my free time fishing for trout on the outskirts of Lausanne, which are take in huge areas. I go up the Talent, on the Montheron side, or up the Menthue, which I know by heart from Donneloye to Froideville. As soon as the weather gets stormy, I’m the only one happy about it because I know the Menthue will become packed with fish. And don’t think for a second that I follow the “no kill” doctrine: I enjoy eating the trout I catch!
The city market I love the market, especially on Saturdays when it gets lively. The only problem is that for some time now, I can't go more than a few yards without someone talking to me (Burki is extremely shy – Ed.). Otherwise, in Lausanne, I mostly go to the stores which have invited me for book signings. I regret sometimes that my working day, which ends around 10 pm, means I can’t attend vernissages: this prevents me from enjoying a part of the city’s nightlife.
L’Evêché A familiar place to find a friendly face and where I meet plenty of people I know (especially Mix & Remix, the sketch artist from L’Hebdo – Ed.).
La Pinte Besson An extremely traditional place - if I'm not mistaken one of the oldest inns in Europe, first opened in 1780 – where the walls could tell some incredible stories.
Le Chalet des Enfants A special spot, right in the countryside at the edge of the forest in upper Lausanne. An idyllic setting, just perfect for meditation, and the owner works hard to whet the appetite of his guests.
There are lots of places in Lausanne which seem inviting and I would talk more about them if I knew them better. I can think of two I haven’t been able to visit for some time but which I remember fondly: Le Vieux Lausanne and Le Barbare. Both are located on the Escaliers-du-Marché: the first above Avenue Pierre-Viret and the second below it.
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tl: Saint-François, Bel-Air
m1: Lausanne-Flon; m2: Riponne-M. Béjart