Thursday, July 30, 2009

European Vacation 2009 - Lugano, Switzerland (Days 19-22)

After 15 days of heat and humidity, I was really looking forward to heading north to Lugano, Switzerland and the Lake Como, Italy area.

Cinque Terre was beautiful and this region is just as breathtaking.

Home base was Lugano, Switzerland at the Hotel Lugano Dante Center (more on that later). After leaving Cinque Terre, perhaps my expectations were high, but Lugano, the city, is not that interesting. It is located on Lake Lugano and has very pretty views of the surrounding mountains. The 'shopping mile' is a pure disappointment. My shopping adventure last summer in Lucerne, Switzerland was a thousand times better!

However, the Lake Como region in Italy is fabulous. We rented a boat and motored around the lake for 8 hours. It turned out to be a wonderful day!

A little preview...

The view on the north side of the lake

Chuck braving the chilly and very clear water

Bellagio, Italy

Can you see the funicular from the garage down to the house?

My future home...just a few doors down from Clooney

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