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A simple wish, a trip to ZUG.

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Zug Lake, vinneve foto

In response to the Daily Post/ Photo Challenge: WISH.

Where is Zug you say?  It is in between Zürich and Lucerne /Luzern, Switzerland.

On the way to Zürich by train from visiting my cousin in MILAN, I got interested and saw the beautiful town of Zug.  Since it is very near Zürich just an hour away perhaps by train or less so it is easier to come here.  Everybody in the family had an agenda different to mine so a good timing to have met a sort of family (my cousin’s wife aunts) in another suburb of Zurich and they are so nice to tour me around and granted my wish to go and visit Zug after being lost and crossed the border of Germany without realizing it until too late!  We originally wanted to go to RHEINFALL von Schaffhausen. It was a long drive indeed back to Zurich then to Zug, it feels more of an adventure that day!  It didn’t stop to amazed us as even going to Zug from down to up and around the hill we are wondering why the GPS always telling us to go to a long winding road since we saw the lake and the small town down the mountain or are we up the hill?.  FYI.  Zug is a low tax region.

Anyway here are the photos.  Some tourists tend to overlook small towns but I prefer to travel around Switzerland like a local.  Please check/click my earlier post about LUGANO, LOCARNO AND ZURICH as per their link and some more if you have time.

 

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Zug township below, vinneve

 

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just a few minutes away from Zug town, vinneve

Beautiful scenery everywhere you go in Switzerland.  More to come on my next post. Tschüss! 🙂

 

 

 

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Destination: Lugano, Switzerland

LUGANO is the largest town in the region of TICINO.  It’s in South Switzerland.

It is well loved by Italians who works and holidaying in this region.  It is a little more than an hour away from Milan via fast train.  You can check my previous post as you can view in this LINK about the hotel review closer to this town.  We finally went on our way to our final destination (holiday house you can rent but need to book early)  which is a beautiful house located on top of the mountain overlooking the gorgeous lake and spent weeks in bliss.  For more info please click this LINK.  I hope you too can discover the beauty of Lugano and you will not be disappointed.  

The photos speak for itself.  Enjoy!

Strolling along the pavement  towards the middle of the town, viewing the lake.

It is better to ride this little train to make a quick tour around so you know your whereabouts and decide where to get off.  We board it just across Novotel Lugano.

More to see and admire around the town and the Park nearby.

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View from the holiday house

It rained for a few days and we have seen a beautiful rainbow even doubles!

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Lugano, vinneve foto

Perhaps you can say… this is the “Lake house” 

 

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vinneve foto @lakehouse

 

There are some shops of course for shopaholics out there!  as well as many restaurants around town and even on top of the hill.  The alleys on top of the hills are similar to Italy (very narrow) and it takes a good driver to maneuver around the steep hill and zig zag roads so please be aware.

Next post will be about some FUN  in Lugano for all types of travelers!  

So see you again next time,  Tschuss! 😉

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Novotel in Switzerland North & South

We have been a member of Accor club for such a long time since we lived in New Zealand that my husband is now a VIP and confident that whenever we book a hotel or resort via their website we know what we are getting and it’s always the comfy and family friendly 4-star hotel we wanted to stay in especially in a new place.  Our family holidays start from here in Switzerland. Home to the famous Swiss army knives, cheeses, chocolates, watches, banks, Tennis player Roger Federer and more!

FYI.  Switzerland has 4 national languages.  French, German, Italian and Romansh.

LUGANO is in South Switzerland under the region/canton of TICINO.  It is more than an hour away from Milan, Italy so yes they speak Italian in this region/canton.  

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Novotel Lugano

Here what it looks like inside and it is very convenient to some restaurants though they have their own inside.  Also, it is a walking distance to the town centre if you are keen on walking just wear comfy shoes as there are some slope streets around.

The room and bathroom.  Modern and comfy.  Yes, the bathroom/shower is see-through but you can always darken the “magic glass” with the touch of a button on the side so you can have your privacy.  Similar to the newest aircraft “Dreamliner” of Etihad.

Kids room to play near the reception and the swimming pool just outside beside the restaurant cum bar.

Outside, just a few meters away in front of the mini store you wait for this train to go around the town.  A convenient way than just walking and getting lost the first time 🙂

 

And of course ZURICH, is in the Northern part of Switzerland and they speak German and their own dialect Swiss-German which is softer sounded in the ear.  Locals usually talk in Swiss German.  Do not worry lots of Swiss people speak English too! especially in some tourist spots around the Country.

Novotel Zurich City West.  Near the airport and the train station is also nearby just a walking distance.  Best to bring some coins to use for the pay machine. You can even see the train coming from their garden and you cannot hear it from your room.  Though the room is a bit smaller than we are used to.

The room.

These 2 Novotel’s was our based hotels prior to getting to our final destinations.  I fully recommend them for all type of travellers.  I find that with their brand we can’t go wrong so we keep coming back… aside from the rewards of course!  🙂  Nope this is not a sponsored site though they are welcome to contact me haha!

Thanks for viewing and next post I will be featuring the South first which is LUGANO AND LOCARNO.  Both beautiful and have their own charms.  Since hubby is a Swiss so we go with the family on his side and travel like a local.  Hope to see you next time!

Tschuss!