Pastels at the Fondation de l'Hermitage
One of my favorite museums to visit in Switzerland is the Fondation de l'Hermitage in Lausanne. It's a lovely, small museum set in an old villa high up above Lausanne in a beautiful park. They only have three rooms of permanent exhibits and tend to dedicate the rest of their space to big exhibits. Their current (or current until yesterday) exhibit is on pastels through the centuries. I've wanted to visit for a long time because they had a gorgeous Manet on their poster (and do I ever have a soft spot for Manet), but I haven't been very good at relaxing my mind or making time for anything other than my thesis the last couple of months.
Now that I'm done with the bulk of my writing though, A and I decided to visit on the last day of the exhibit. We left for Lausanne yesterday morning, had lunch at a new Turkish place in town (let me tell you A is already doing a very good job at being a Turkish son-in-law), and then headed uphill.
I didn't take many photos in the exhibit itself as it was quite crowded and I didn't want to disturb anyone, but I did catch this incredible Manet. The entire exhibit was wonderful and extremely calming to wander through. I've always enjoyed the softer yet somehow more engaging look of pastels, and the paintings did not disappoint.
Into the permanent exhibit room...
The happiest museum partner.
As if I'm going to come across giant tassels and not photograph them.
The museum is surrounded by gorgeous and very green gardens. It's so well located that you have an amazing view of the lake and the Lausanne cathedral below.
After walking through the gardens, we went downhill through the park to get back to the city and ran into some sheep (#Switzerland).
I had a wonderful time on this holiday Monday and am looking forward to more museums and parks as we head into summer.