Jean-Stéphane Bron’s recommendations
Now approaching the age of forty, Jean-Stéphane Bron is one of Switzerland’s best-known filmmakers.
His documentary masterpiece “Mais im Bundeshuus – le génie helvétique” was a great success (watched by more than 100,000 people) and won the Swiss Film Prize in 2004. He has a unique talent for telling simple stories with both irony and affection in equal measures. In 2006, for the first time, he completed a fictional film, “Mon frère se marie”. Fiction? Not entirely. There is an autobiographical element to the story.
“The Languedoc hill is my ‘Little Montmartre’. There is a vineyard in heart of the city and four benches where you can sit and admire the most beautiful sunsets in the world.”
For you, Lausanne is
When I was 14 years old and living in Romanel, I used to take the LEB to the Prilly-Union stop to go to school. Lausanne, at the end of the line, seemed to me like the city of the damned. When I was 16 years old, I got to know the city on a moped, visiting the amusement arcades, the supermarkets and the record stores. Then, when I was 18, I started going to the Faux-Nez and the Caveau de l’Hôtel de Ville. Over the years, I have lived in Palud, Barre, Simplon, Bellevaux, Maupas, on Avenue de France and next to the Milan park. Today, I live on Rue de l’Ale, a neighbourhood that is divided into layers and sub-layers. Here you can find both drug dealers on kick scooters and bizarre little old men, Francioli and Nunuss casually walking through the streets, hurried moms with their pushchairs and bourgeois bohemians doing their Saturday morning shopping. Yes, I am in love with Lausanne.
Cingria walking tours Even though the city landscape has changed, Lausanne is interwoven with paths that create the feeling of being in the countryside. It is a city where you can stroll as if you were in a maze, moving in circles both high and low. I love the bridges that connect the different areas.
Place du Nord This is the last Lausanne district where you can still see laundry hanging in the windows. It feels like you’re in the heights of Genoa.
Dorigny I go jogging there. I love the American campus feel that it has. We would often go to the Bourget park for barbecues. I remember how the foreign communities would try to out-do each other with their ethnic music.
Languedoc hill This is my “Little Montmartre”. There is a vineyard in the heart of the city and four benches where you can sit and admire the most beautiful sunsets in the world. People from Montelly come here with their prams.
L’Orchidée, on Rue de l’Ale The owner is a Vietnamese man with a Vaud accent. It’s open seven days a week, and you can eat there until 11pm. The staff is adorable, even when they have difficulties understanding French. The atmosphere is homely, and card players are welcome. This bistro embodies all the diversity of the street.
The open-air café on Place du Nord This used to be the Funiculaire restaurant. It is all wooden. They serve excellent Vietnamese cuisine. It is a shady place in the positive sense of the term.
The Ale neighbourhood again For the Wednesday and Saturday market, for the Elikan chickens, the Duttweiler cheese, the café at the Cave du Cygne and at the Odéon, where you can find every newspaper and enjoy a glass of Chiringuito wine on Saturday mornings.
Da Carlo I go there a lot because the owner is funny, and I love the veal paillard with spinach.
The Château-Sec A little-known place, in Pully but near the edge of Lausanne, on the Vuachère. It has a lovely secret garden.
The Beau-Rivage Wine Bar A very nice place where I like to stop when coming back from a cycling trek through Corniche-Chexbres-Grandvaux, returning through Chailly.
Romandie This is where the spirit of the Dolce Vita that I used to enjoy a lot in the past still lives on.
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