During the holidays in December, my visiting brother, mom and I ventured up to Lugano for a day trip; you know, to get back in touch with our Swiss roots. The city is close to Milan, just about an hour by bus and a lovely voyage through the twisting highways and roads as you cross the border and enter into the higher altitudes of Switzerland.
Lugano is not too big, and rests against the breast of the beautiful rolling Lugano Prealps. The city was decorated in the appropriate festivities- food trucks bearing holiday, sugared sweets and spiced wine; red tented christmas markets with cured meats, ornaments, candles, cheeses, chocolates and other small gifts, enormous decorated Christmas pine trees and streets filled with wandering tourists and locals doing last minute shopping. But this is not what I want to touch upon, rather something that you can likely see at anytime of year, and I quite insist that you do.
Lago di Lugano.
The Lake of Lugano.
Mamma mia is it a beautiful site. I am sure I can recommended it for canoeing or swimming in the summertime, but even wrapped up in a scarf and gloves in the frigid winter air, it was a spectacular site worth seeing.
If you can only make it up for a few hours, at least go to watch one of the glorious sunsets- they're the stuff of magic, something truly unreal. Take a walk out onto one of the old, narrow, rickety docks, I promise you it's worth it, because you will be fully immersed in this:
It's one of the moments when you feel like you are at the end of the world, even though you're somewhere in the middle of it. I think moments like this are really important, you realize how small we really are in the grand scheme of things. It makes your problems seem smaller and sometimes even the craziest of dreams somehow more attainable. It's incredibly overwhelming, humbling and like a religious experience almost, watching the sun spread the arms of her beams wide to hug the earth once more, before she tucks behind the sea to die into the darkness.
Sometimes it's nice to feel lost in the midst of all of it. I recommend you do.