Discovery #1: Mother Nature can't even put a stop to Swiss efficiency.
One day before our trip a landslide resulted in a 300-ton boulder blocking the train tracks, and thus interrupted our 2.5 hour direct train ride to Lugano. Although it was disappointing to go from a 1 train trip to a 4 train/1 bus journey, it surprisingly ran very smoothly and only took 1 hour longer than normal.
The night we arrived, Kevin took me to dinner at an Italian restaurant called Trani. At first I was like, "Wait, where are you taking me?", but as soon as we stepped inside I knew that once again Kevin had found a gem. With a warm and romantic atmosphere and food & wine to match, Trani definately scored big. Here is the link Trani Osteria & Wine Bar
Discovery #3: Mya's still a tourist attraction.
Just like in Lucerne, Mya is always getting some Japanese tourist love.
After a long day of what I call hiking and maybe what others would just refer to as walking, we settled ourselves into Grotto Castagneto. A grotto is a traditional tavern of Ticino offering local wine and food, and more importantly locals. While enjoying some local Merlot by the cozy fire, we watched some local oldies play an intense 3 hour card game.
|The guy in blue stood up on more than one occasion to animatedly yell in Italian to his fellow players.|
She may have been lovin' the ride in Stoos, but in Lugano I think the novelty has worn off. I, however, am still lovin it.
Pictures from our walk around town.