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London Calling: The City that talks to You!

LondonSigns_titelOne of the strange things that I noticed while walking through London was that I was always reading some signs and sentences along my way. This city talks to you. Everyone knows the famous sentence โ€œMind the gapโ€ at the London underground, but apart of that, you have recommendations and advices everywhere. It principally tells you to be careful โ€“ but not only!

This city tells you where to watch out in order not to get hurt:

This was very helpful for me!
This was very helpful for me!

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Isn't this picture a bit exaggerated? ;-)
Isn’t this picture a bit exaggerated? ๐Ÿ˜‰
It even tells you to be careful when washing your hands!
You are even being told to be careful when washing your hands!
... and how to get out of the bus.
… and how to get out of the bus.

 

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London tells you where you are in order not to get lost:

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Tate Britain
Tate Britain

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The city even tells you how it feels:

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And gives you further information on things you maybe do not want to know! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dirty Harry is cleaning the toilet
Dirty Harry is cleaning the toilet
No further comment on this one! :-)
No further comment on this one! ๐Ÿ™‚

“La Dolce Vita” combined with Swiss Efficiency: Lugano

Lugano9There is a part of Switzerland which is mostly not being considered in the general common idea people have of the typical Switzerland. It is Ticino: the Italian speaking part.
It is not about cows and cheese fondue. It is a very classy, upscale and dolce vita loving part of Switzerland.

Delicious italian food and lifestyle in Lugano
Delicious italian food and “dolce vita” lifestyle in Lugano

Lugano is one of the most renown cities of Ticino. It all develops on the mountains around Lake Lugano.

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The charming city center is very small, formed by numerous banks (ok, this is also part of the typical idea of Switzerland), luxury shops, Swiss/Italian restaurants and bars and one casino.

All the other buildings are spread on the mountains, which give this place a very picturesque look. Wonderful villas, luxurious hotels, restaurants… Everywhere you go, you will be stuck by the unique panoramic views. Lugano loves its Lake and the view of it.

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You can have a refreshing swim or do every kind of watersports you desire on Lake Lugano.

Stand-up water paddling and a Whales tail in the Lake ;-)
Stand-up water paddling and a Whales tail in the Lake ๐Ÿ˜‰

To get the “real” Lugano feeling I recommend staying or just drinking a coffee in one of the hotels which made the history of this place, that has lived the golden era and still is in a splendid shape.

One of them, a very intimate place, is Villa Principe Leopoldo. Not only has the Villa wonderful accommodations, it has a Restaurant with one of the most stunning views I have ever seen. Don’t miss it, even if it’s only for an aperitivo in the evening.

Me and my friend enjoying the view from the panoramic restaurant at the Hotel Principe Leopoldo
Me and my friend enjoying the view from the panoramic restaurant at the Hotel Principe Leopoldo
We also had a wonderful Aperitivo with unique view of the lake and the surrounding mountains
We also had a wonderful Aperitivo with unique view of the lake and the surrounding mountains

I have actually staid at the Villa Principe Leopoldo. It is located on the so called โ€œgolden hillโ€ not very far away from what used to be Hermann Hesseโ€™s house. It is one of the most charming places I have ever seen, and the staff is very friendly. They even have a shuttle service which brings you up and down the hill to the city center.

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You can combine Lugano with a round-trip through Switzerland, by flying to Zurich (it is only 3 hours from there by direct train), and maybe cross the Italian border and fly out from Milan.
Milan can be easily reached in one hour by train. There is a bus shuttle service which even brings you direct from Lugano to the Milan Malpensa airport. Swiss efficiency! ๐Ÿ˜‰