by Jenn on September 22, 2010

in Photography


My husband was going to give you a lovely guest post today on the awesome birthday dinner he made himself this weekend – Asian marinated steaks with mushrooms (maybe that makes up for all of the French fries he ate while I was gone? ha – he really can cook, just chose not to…).  I think it rather amusing that lately we’ve been making our own meals on our birthdays…but it works – you can make exactly what you feel like, exactly the way you want it – because when you are celebrating cooking is not a chore, it becomes part of the festivities.  But you will have to wait a bit, because unfortunately he is crazy sick and not doing any writing at the moment.

So while he is lying in bed recovering, I thought I would do a bit more show & tell from my recent trip to Ticino, the Italian-speaking canton in Switzerland.  The train ride from French-speaking Suisse Romande was a bit longer than you’d guess for such a small country – over five hours!  But beautiful.  East out to Brig on the edge of the Alps, and then another train ride under the Alps to Italy, and then across on a very slow but beautiful panoramic ride over to Locarno, one of the main cities in Ticino.  I had some fun wandering around the edge of Lago Maggiore, which surprisingly reminded me a lot of Montreux on Lac Léman – beautiful promenades along the lakeside, yummy cold gelato stands, lots of children running around, and boats parading out on the calm waters.

Lago Maggiore, Locarno

Lago Maggiore, Locarno

Lago Maggiore, Locarno Locarno

I love the Italian-style architecture and all the palm trees (which unfortunately I didn’t get many pics of )!!  I think maybe I should come back over the Winter holidays, where I can be in a warm sunny place without ever having to leave Suisse. :)

Ok, I will stop blabbing.  You can see for yourself the beauty of this area, it’s really hard to take a bad picture in a place that radiates beauty out of every inch of its pores – the hills rising up from the lake edge are stunning, and now I want to learn some Italian!


Swiss grapes for tasty wine

view of Lago Maggiore, near Ascona


Verscio Verscio

view of Lago Maggiore, near Ascona

So there was my Ticino experience.  It definitely won’t be my last, for sure my husband wants to visit too now – well, as soon as he gets better :) Stay tuned next time for his upcoming guest post!


Foodie in Berlin September 22, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Wonderful shots!

Jenn September 22, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Thank you!

Rosa September 22, 2010 at 8:35 pm

What gorgeous shots! that is a region I have never visited…



Jenn September 22, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Thanks Rosa! Really? Oh you definitely have to, it is so worth the long train ride! Very great tasting food too :)

Miriam/The Winter Guest September 22, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Gorgeous photos!!

Jenn September 22, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Thank you!!

Prerna@IndianSimmer September 22, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Breathtaking shots Jenn!
Wish your husband gets well soon!

Jenn September 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Thank you! I hope so as well!

bake in paris September 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Thanks Jen for sharing! Such beautiful scenery……..

Sawadee from bangkok,

Jenn September 23, 2010 at 3:32 pm


Christine September 23, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Beautiful Photos!

This is kind of random, but when my family went on Vacation to Switzerland 9 years ago, we stayed in a village in the mountains north of Brig. I remember hiking in Simplon Pass and going to the southern part of the lake that Locarno is on and being very unimpressed with the washrooms. haha.

Jenn September 23, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Thanks! Ha, and that is a random story! I def. want to go hiking around the Simplon Pass sometime – riding the train below in the tunnel was kind of an interesting experience, thinking about all of those mountains literally right above us….

Charli September 24, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Those shots are completely inspiring. Well done on a lovely trip.

Jenn September 24, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Thanks Charli!

Kira October 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Your pictures are gorgeous! I love hearing about Switzerland and your trips.

Jenn October 15, 2010 at 12:26 am

Thanks Kira!

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