Around the Lake in more than 80 minutes
Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
17Trip End Jul 13, 2009
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The hotel wasn’t anything special to look at from the outside, but we did have a lake front view with a balcony. The elevators are funky and require you to push open the door from the inside or pull from the outside. They charged for the Internet and the public computer had an old keyboard. The letters were in the right places, but the symbols were all messed up....well, at least they were from our point of view. I was able to upload my last blog and some pictures of Lake Maggiore, but ran out of time. I hope to be able to upload more pictures of Stresa and our day at Lake Lugano when we reach St
Our day started with an orientation walk with Karen, our Tauck guide. She gave us a good overview of the city so we would know where things are and how to work the bus ticket machine, if we wanted to go outside the walking distance of the town. We followed a short tour that Fodor’s had in the guidebook, had lunch and then walked back to the boat dock for an excursion to Morcote. This was a long boat ride—almost two hours. One of the popular stops is Gandria, a fishing village. Here, the locals have stacked one house upon the other. It wasn’t as breathtaking as Santorini. Once we arrived in Morcote, we had 90 minutes to see the two main things –the church at the top of the hill and a garden. It is a charming little village, reminiscent of Venice, with its narrow passageways and little cafes (osterias) along the way. We went to the garden first –the Parco Scherrer. Scherrer was a textile merchant who enjoyed art and culture and traveled all over the world. Rather than house his collection the usual way –either in a museum or around his home – he created a garden that houses the pieces. He has a Temple of Nefertiti in one section, with a Japanese tea room in another. There is a replica of the Maiden’s Porch from the Acropolis. It is all framed by trees, flowers and water in a lovely setting.
After we left there, we arrived at the steps of the church, but my legs were still sore from the hike in Zermatt, so I waited while Keith and Elizabeth climbed the steps and disappeared from sight. After about a 10 minute wait, they returned hot and sweaty. Elizabeth counted the steps on the way down and announced that there were 400 steps! We went back to the boat dock and took the boat back to Lugano, but it only took 50 minutes to return, as there were fewer stops. We ate dinner at a little local restaurant that had excellent risotto. We drank a local merlot from bowls, which is the way they do it there.