Capo San Martino Lugano – Switzerland

Restaurant with a nice view of Lugano lake

Restaurant with a nice view of Lugano lake

Let’s talk about Italy. I know, I know, the headline looks like a Lugano trip. However, this trip we re-did a couple of years ago was a part of an Italy tour of “Lago Maggiore”, “Lago Como” and “Lago Lugano”. Inevitably, our car took us to Switzerland on a rainy day of end-April.

Remember we did a a long weekend in Lugano when our son was just 5 years old. It was the good old days of last trip with a pushchair, where we could enjoy walking, while he could enjoy to sit and relax. 5 years later, with a more crowded group of a cousin, aunt, grandma and grandpa, our son wanted to show his 3-year-old cousin the Mini Swiss. Once more in a spring day, once more on a rainy day.

Mini Swiss

5 years before

5 years after

5 years after

After a long drive from our hotel Villa Borghi, in Italy and a tiring visit to mini Swiss with some on and off rains, we headed to Lugano with the hope of coming across a nice restaurant with a nice view.

Well, be careful what you wish for. Capo San Martino, was just the exact restaurant we would wish to have lunch, with the nice view and the nice fish.

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Nice fish

Served gently

Served gently

Just a few minutes drive from Mini Swiss towards Lugano, settled on a high cliff of Lake Lugano, overlooking the Lugano city and sail boats on the lake.

Next: We are now very excited about our next trip to UK. Yes, we will not be able to rent a car as they drive from the wrong side. However, we are sure UK has lots of things to offer to travelers with children. Our stops are: Leicester, Cardiff and London.

Blue Mountains Bush Walk day in Australia

On our second day in Sydney Australia, we woke up on a nice Sunday morning, to have a lovely breakfast at our hotel Quay West Sydney. Today our plan was to visit Blue Mountains, a world heritage and a lovely natural area, sure to be visited in a trip to Sydney. Once more, we were picked up by a car and a driver, this time from Mount ‘n Beach Safaris company of Sydney.

Our first stop was Featherdale WildlifePark, to be introduced to the famous wildlife animals of Australia. First impression was very good for all of us. As you may have guessed, we have never seen any kangaroos, koalas or any other Australian animal before. So it was nice to feed them, touch them and get so close to them. However, the park we went a day after was much more interesting, clean and enjoyable to visit. So, wait for my next posts, before deciding to go!

Before wind

Before wind

After wind

After wind

Before reaching to Blue Mountains Scenic World, we did a short break to enjoy some view of the valley on the way. Lovely view, with infinite forest and a very dangerous wind.

Lovely nature

Lovely nature

Our final stop of the day, where we were gonna spent a half day was the Blue Mountains Scenic World, which includes skyways, railways, cableways, and a comfortable walkway in the forests of Blue Mountains, together with some shopping opportunities to do and some picnic tables, to enjoy our sandviches.

Skyway with glass floor

Skyway with a glass floor

Among these, Skyway was by far the best view and the best experience to offer, with a glass floor to step on.

View from Skyway

View from Skyway

View of the mountains

View of the mountains

Me

Me

What is Switzerland doing here?

What is Switzerland doing here?

Have you been to Swiss Alps? We did a lovely holiday about 5 years ago to Luzern and visited Pilatus with the vehicles very similar to here. I may write about it too sometime later. So here is the reason. All rides were made by Swiss and this bell was a present to the park.

Children sure will enjoy this trip

Children sure will enjoy this trip

Our son loved the day

Our son loved the day

 

A day trip to Annecy

A day out in Annecy in March, not the best time but the best place to go for a family like us.

We went to Geneve Motor Show last March, which was a quick but a good decision. It wasn’t the first time neither to Switzerland nor to France, but the first time in the area. Being the last minute planner for the motor show, we could not find a place to stay in Geneve, so we searched for around and find a convenient, business hotel at Thoiry/France, a cute little village  just half an hour drive from Geneve. Of course  a long weekend to the area provides you more than the motor show itself. So we decided to do a day trip to Annecy, which was about 50 km. from our hotel.

To Annecy in the beginning of spring

To Annecy in the beginning of spring

 

The park by the lake

The park by the lake

Annecy is a very nice town, in the middle of the Alpine Mountains, by the lovely lake of Annecy. A town of castles, lakes, rivers and bridges. French Cafes, Macaronis, red tiled roofs and little village streets. Parks, large trees, fog and well, castles again.

Rivers and bridges

Rivers and bridges

French Cafes

French Cafes

French Macaroni

French Macaroni

A walk in the park

A walk in the park

We started our tour in the lanes of the town, climbing up to the castle, which was not the best part for our son actually, as he doesn’t like to walk. Afterwards, we had a little break in a nice French cafe, at a very small corner table and enjoyed our hot chocolates and cappuccinos. For lunch (which I may tell mote n another post sometime later) we had a lovely meal at a very French restaurant. When I say French I really mean French, with French speaking waiters and a French menu. Thanks to the non-Parisian French guests of the restaurant on the next table, they very helpfully explained us all the menu in English and with lots of advice, helped us to give our order.

In the afternoon we did a walk by the foggy lake and some “people watch” activity with lots of relaxing time and feeding the swans. By the evening, we loved the town, loved the people and dreamed of coming back sometime in summer or late spring maybe in the coming years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geneve Motor Show experience

Last week, with an instant decision we decided to go to 83rd Geneve Motor Show, a first time in our lives experience of a motor show visit. I was dreaming of sharing our adventures day by day but I have been a victim of being an unexperienced blogger and poor wifi connections. So here is short summary.

I love the in flight entertainment

Our journey started with a flight, that had inflight entertainment. Ilove it when  our son enjoys his games and I watch a movie of my choice. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a movie I did not watch before.

 

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As always our first stop was rent a car service for our 3-day-BMW

The rent a car services in the airports are the first stop of our travels. Our car for this travel was a 3 series BMW. Not so fancy to go to a motor show, but was a last minute deal.

 

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The snow covered mountains greeted us

 

Another last minute deal was our hotel. We preferdto stay in France, Thoiry, as it was cheaper and more convenient than Geneve hotels. Just 10 km away from Palexpo.

 

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We enjoyed a sunny afternoon, just after we arrived

As soon as we settled in our hotel, we went to Geneve lakeside to enjoy the sunny afternoon and the Jet D’eu, wine and swiss chocolate cakes… mmmm yummy.

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Jet D’eu

 

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Morning excitement

The next day started with an excitement of the Motor Show.

 

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We were not alone for sure

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Ferrari, of course the first to visit.

As soon as we got in we ran to Ferrari, however, some thousands of other people was thinking the same with us.

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Some games attracting us

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Doing our own Renault

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Shiny cars

Ready for Geneva

Tomorrow we will be heading for a new adventure to Geneva, Switzerland. Both my husband and our son loves the cars and it was their dream to go to a motor show. Actually they would prefer to go to Frankfurt or Paris motor shows, but unfortunately they are both organized in September, when the school time just starts. Soo, of we go tomorrow morning, everything (hopefully everything) organized, flights organised, hotel is booked (in France actually), a BMW 3 series reserved, visas checked, Eyewitness book of Switzerland borrowed… Make sure to follow us next 4 days.

Long weekend in Lugano

Mini Swiss

A mini boy in Mini Swiss

Lugano, Switzerland is one of the finest places you can visit with a child, calm, scenic and loads of things to do. Feniculars to the mountains around, Mini Swiss and the Chocolate Factory and museum Alprose are some of the places you can visit.

Our son was 5 years old when we first visited Lugano. Although it was rainy, we could enjoy some little walks in the town and mountains around (It was easy to walk on those days, since our son was still using the push chair). The chocolate Factory was so interesting for him, that he walked all through the factory and analysed every one of the machinery at least three times. Mini Swiss  also amazed him a lot. The other good thing about Lugano is the food. An Italian restaurant would save the day of a child, lots of Italian restaurants would save the entire holiday. That’s why our pizza-boy did not have any problem with the food either.

Chocolate Factory and Museum

Chocolate Factory and Museum

 

The calm lakes of Lugano

The calm lakes of Lugano

The calm lakes in and around Lugano lets you enjoy a relaxing time with no traffic jams and big city hassles.