easy Sunday hike on Monte Verità

mteveritatitleTwo weeks ago my sister called me in the morning and asked if I wanted to go on an easy hike on Monte Verità, which is just above Losone, where she lives. She wanted to take the whole family, including the children (aged 4 and 6, and a friend aged 5), and the grandparents. I don’t go on hikes very often, but I was up for that one straight away, the weather was great, I could spend some quality time with the kids and walk in the nature, how could I say no? So I got ready and joined them in Losone where we started the hike. Continue reading

15 things to do in Vancouver

vantitleI recently came across some pictures from my trip to Vancouver and straight away I thought my next blog post should be about this city. Vancouver… what a pleasant surprise! The reasons to visit, for Isa and me, were mainly two: first it’s the city where they film Supernatural, one of our favourite TV shows, secondly I have family living there that I wanted to visit. I had been playing with the idea of visiting for a while, and finally, nearly four years ago, I booked the trip. Continue reading

getting ready for a few days in London

londontitleLondon is, without a doubt, my favourite city in the world. There’s so much to see and do, you can go from historic, to modern, to classy, to trendy in just a few minutes. It’s cosmopolitan, fascinating and always exciting, I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of it. And then there’s the shopping… ;)
For this and many other reasons I go to London about once or twice a year, often only for a few days and even though I always try to fit in something new, I usually end up going to the same places and doing the same things again and again. Simply because I love those places and things so much. Continue reading

10 things to do in Locarno in spring

springtitleonly a few more days an it’s officially spring! Wohooooo!!! And like nature, our town is also slowly starting to wake up. I’m not saying there is nothing to do in winter, but spring is when the tourists start to arrive, the weather gets nicer, you can start to sit outside in the many pretty cafés and there is an event after the other. But what are the things you shouldn’t miss? Here’s my top ten. Continue reading

a weekend in the snow in Bosco Gurin

boscotitleI don’t remember exactly who came up with the idea of going sledging, but when Chantal suggested spending a day in Bosco Gurin in Vallemaggia I was up for it. After all that’s where I learned skiing a long time ago, and it’s the place where I spent many nice skiing holidays in my cousins’ little wooden house during my childhood and my teenage years. I haven’t been to Bosco Gurin in about 20 years, shame on me, but luckily the pretty village still looks more or less how I remembered it. Continue reading

let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

nevetitleThis winter we didn’t see much snow here in Ticino, but then last weekend, surprise surprise, there it was! And not just a few snowflakes, it was the real deal! And people panicked, they weren’t ready for snow in March, streets were closed, the trains delayed or cancelled, and so on… But after a few hours everything was back to normal, but because of the warm temperatures the snow won’t last very long. So yesterday morning I just had to go out and take a few snapshots of the pretty landscape, of the snow on palm trees, along the lake walk, on Piazza Grande and next to the cafés in Ascona. It all looks so peaceful when covered in white, don’t you think? Continue reading

postcards from an afternoon in Lugano

luganotitleThis weekend my friend Isa from Zurich came to visit and we decided to try out the Lugano foxtrail. She hadn’t been to Lugano since her time at school and myself, despite living only about half an hour by car away, only visit Lugano two or three times a year, shame on me! The city is full of culture, cute shops, beautiful old churches, picturesque squares and interesting historic buildings. And it’s on a lake just south of the Alps. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Continue reading