Laurent Flutsch’s recommendations
Although he is undoubtedly better known among the general public for his talent as a comedian than as an archaeologist and director of the Lausanne-Vidy Roman Museum.
Laurent Flutsch, one of the writers of the highly controversial programme “La Soupe” on French-speaking radio station Radio Suisse Romande, does not believe his two jobs are contradictory: “Both to exercise satire and to understand history, you have to be able to take a step back.” And delighting in the use of language is just as effective in making listeners laugh as it is in “selling” temporary exhibitions with quirky titles: “Da Vidy Code” (18,000 visitors last year) or “La fosse aux hommes” (literally, “Mankind’s lair”), an exhibition that analyses the evolution – or lack thereof – of mankind’s behaviour compared to his simian ancestors.
“As far as strolls go, nothing beats the Museum’s archaeological trail. It’s a marvellous, magical place that’s unknown to many.”
For you, Lausanne is
The city I was born in, and memories of my early childhood spent in Montelly. Later, as a student, I arrived here by train every morning from Ballaigues and, back then, I used to run up the steep Rue du Petit-Chêne and the Escaliers du Marché steps to the Old Town… Lausanne was also my first worksite as an aspiring archaeologist, here in Vidy. I’m no longer a resident of Lausanne. I’m wild and don’t like living in the city much. But back when I was a student, my friends and I always went to Place La Palud square, especially to the Café du Grütli. Or otherwise to the Couronne d’or, Solange Panchaud’s place. The journalists who took over the bistro kept the décor, but inevitably the atmosphere’s not the same any more. There’s a different feel to the place.
Here… of course! As far as strolls go, nothing beats the Museum’s archaeological trail. It’s a marvellous, magical place that’s unknown to many. That’s a good thing though, as it means it’s more peaceful. We’re very lucky here in Lausanne to have such important remains of a city forum. In Switzerland, Augst – the ancient site of Augusta Raurica – is the only place with similar ruins. Soon we’ll be setting up optical terminals around the site to recreate a 3D image of the buildings that once stood here.
Le Bar du Pont I like to stop off here when I have things to do in town. For their great Johannisberg, for the wide choice of music, from jazz to good French song, for Olivier, the owner, and for the customers. But the place is so small that it gets packed straight away.
2.21 and Pull-Off Two little theatres that do great work. I often go there when I’m in the mood for a show.
The Vivarium As I don’t really like spending too much time in town, I enjoy going up to the Vivarium, run by my friend Jean Garzoni. He’s incredible: he’s almost 80 and he’s still as sharp as a tack. He’s a fountain of scientific and historical knowledge. He recently extended the Vivarium to include a new outdoor biotope. And I love the friendly and old-fashioned atmosphere in his little bar.
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