The Escape to the South

Rain

Rain

It was a looong wait for spring to finally come to Europe this year. This is a photo-essay of our escape from the cold and wet weather to sunshine in the south:
 
From sweaters, coats and umbrella into picnic at the lake in a simple blouse and jeans attire, with the sound of waves splashing against the boats and not water from above drumming against the windows – yes this is what I call a plunge into spring! And it happened in Ticino!
 

Morcote, Lago di Lugano

Morcote, Lago di Lugano


 

Ticino – the mediterranean South of Switzerland

Switzerland has 26 cantons, and one of them is “Ticino”  (or Tessin, as we call it in German language). Ticino is in the south of Switzerland, bordering to Italy. In Ticino, they will greet you with “Buon giorno!”, the directions and information will be in Italian language. Ticino has mediterranean weather and vegetation. Other attractions include the Alps for trekking fans and lakes, which are favourite tourist spots in summer.
 

The forecast was for wet and sunny weather last weekend. We hoped for the best and hit the road, crossed the 17 km long Gotthard tunnel – one of the main north-south channels in Europe – and in 3 hours where picnicking at the Lago di Lugano (lake of Lugano)!
 

Exploring Lago Maggiore, Ticino

Being the local tourist we are we looked up tips to enjoy spring in Ticino and isited the Islands of Brissago at the Lago Maggiore, which are home to approx. 1700 plants from all over the world. The other tip we read of was the Botanical Garden of Gambarogno, which took us some time to find, but is worth a visit and a photographer’s dream destination!

Wisteria

Wisterias Collage

Wisterias climbing along pillars (lower left, outside the McDonald terrace, at the Lake of Lugano)  over fences, ancient city walls (this was in Como, Italy), roof up a parking lot (lower right)

Here are some examples of the Botanical Garden, Gambarogno and then from the Island of Brissago

Wisteria hanging delicately

Wisteria hanging delicately, Botanical Garden of Gambarogno

Camellia

Camellia, Botanical Garden of Gambarogno

Azaleas, Botanical Garden of Gambarogno

Azaleas, Botanical Garden of Gambarogno

Azalea close-up

Azalea close-up

Lilac , Botanical Garden of Gambarogno

Lilac , Botanical Garden of Gambarogno

Waterfall

Waterfall

Day 2: Trip to the Island of Brissago:

Surprise, Surprise: the day started off with rain! Between rain, sunshine, hail and again sunshine we reached Locarno to get the ship from there to the Island of Brissago. After a short stop at Ascona, which has a beautiful lake promenade, the ship headed to the Island. (There are actually two Islands, the Botanical garden is on the bigger one)

Ascona promenade

Ascona promenade

Island of Brissago

Island of Brissago

Azaleas

Azaleas, Island of Brissago

Again Azaleas! Wait, it there is more to come!

Azaleas, Island of Brissago

Azaleas, Island of Brissago

Wisteria yellow

Wisteria yellow

Lavender

Lavender by the Lago Maggiore, Island of Brissago

Flowers at the Lago Maggiore

Flowers (name unknown) at the Lago Maggiore

Lizard sunbathing

Lizard sunbathing

Flower from the subtropical Asian part, I can't remember the name

Flower from the subtropical Asian part, I can’t remember the name

Telopea from Australia

Telopea from Australia

Sternbergia, from Australia

Sternbergia, from Australia

Flower from Australia, name unknown

Flower from Australia, name unknown

Spring is breeding time for swans

Spring is breeding time for swans, which makes them aggressive for their nests

Island of Brissago

Island of Brissago

From the terrace of the restaurant  – housed in the Villa of the Island – one can enjoy the view across the lake and the plants, the orange trees (not in the pictures, but which were on my side of the terrace) and other vegetation.

And this is just a short introduction into the wealth of plants, the Island maintains. There are plants from Australia, South Africa, tropical and subtropical parts of Asia, the Mediterranean area and Europe. From Azaleas, Banana trees, eucalyptus trees, lavender, different types of palms, yuccas and cactus, tea plants – the Island will definitely fascinate you!

But, that’s not all we did in those 4 days. Hang on to the updates about our Ticino travels!
 
 

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