Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Lake Lugano - Switzerland


Approximately within an hour drive from Lake Como, we have stepped foot at the quite busy main road across Lake Lugano. Situated in the south-east of Switzerland and at the border between that country and Italy, this glacial lake nestled cozily against the Venetian-style villas and mountains is remarkably beautiful, clean and peaceful. A perfect relaxing place where you don't want to do anything else except leisurely stroll and relax. Or perhaps once you are satisfied with admiring Lake Lugano, you can consider the various outdoor activities like water-sports, hiking, trekking and sailing in Lake Lugano’s waters, or visiting the churches, art galleries and museums, Lake Lugano by the way is also a shopping paradise. Rows and rows of designer boutiques, as well as department stores for you to shop till you drop if you have a fat wallet. Otherwise, do as we did. Walk around to admire the surroundings and perhaps window shop, which can be frustrating too because mind you, temptation can run wild. 







While fellow tour buddies aimlessly continued with shopping, we were already bored after the first hour. Anyway, to kill more time, we walked again, yet no intention of shopping because shopping was over and done at RomeFlorence and Venice. Then, once everyone came back to the meeting point, we headed to  the walking distance Victorian style International Hotel Au Lac for lunch.

Spot-on. I mean, the ambiance is spot-on. Colourful deco and well maintained, probably remaining the same as it was back then, our pre-booked lunch opened-up with a basket of bread. Quickly grabbed until more was called for, next was the thick semolina soup, whereas for the main, it was between roasted lamb or roasted chicken, paired with roasted potatoes and fennel. Both the mains fared quite right, rated as okay, though I'm not a great fan of such a meal. Nonetheless, I was satisfied, thereafter happily spooned into the vanilla-chocolate ice-cream and drank up two cups of coffee. 





After lunching, we journeyed back to Milan to tour this second largest city in Italy. Unfortunately, city tour didn't materialise due to the coach breaking down. By the time help came, it was already late evening. Moreover, since we were stuck in the jam, oh-well, we had dinner, returned to the hotel and looked forward to the finale of shopping the next day at Franciacorta Outlet Village Milan.  

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18 comments:

  1. Switzerland is one country that I would really want to go. The pictures are so beautiful..

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  2. This is one beautiful lake,
    did you pay a visit to Swiss Miniature?

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  3. Thomas - no we did not because we were doing this place for just less then a day, like just touching the border.

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    1. i was just about to ask about the swiss miniature.. because if you went there, it's like you have visited the whole swiss..

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  4. Great photos... never been there!

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  5. This is one of my dream vacations...thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos!

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  6. wow.. the place looks great!!! I wish i'm there now :)

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  7. Beautiful photos, Nava! Hope to get the chance to visit that someday!

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  8. That's a great photo--Switzerland has the prettiest lakes.

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  9. hi nava, i was very kesen on Switzerland since school day after i read the book "HEIDI" and her granny's home made cheese.. love cheese and Switzerland since then... but never been there yet.. you sure had a great time. have a nice day

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  10. wow...what a beautiful view.....nice captures dear :-)

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  11. Lucky gal, got to travel to Europe! I miss Europe & these shots are so lovely.

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  12. the pic was so nice <3 i wish i can go there one day~

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  13. Thanks everyone for all the lovely comments and yes, it was indeed a wonderful experience seeing this lake.

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  14. Beautifuuulll....not just the scenery but great pictures taken of them. TQ for sharing. Loved them. You must have enjoyed yourself tremendously. Lucky lucky. :o)

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  15. Wow youve been to Switzerland, my family lives there

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  16. Nice shoot...

    I wish i'll be there one day... how far from Rome to Lake Lugano. I'm stay Rome but i never heard the Lake.. but after all, its really awesome ^_^

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