Lugano, a walk to Gandria beautiful.

Trip Start Jun 02, 2010
Trip End Feb 16, 2011

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Well Lugano is absolutely beautiful.  A small town with a beautiful lake.  My first day involved walking along the shore line. I stopped at Lido and paid 5 or 10 CHF to stop and have a swim, in a serviced and sheltered area.  Was good because I needed a locker for my day pack.  The have a man made sandy beach on the lake and a pool complex.  I sit and read before swimming.  After this I continue my walk to Gandria which is a tiny village on the side of the hill over looking the lake.  I meet a Antonio on the way who invites me to the Lugano film festival on Wednesday and Thursday night.  Unfortunately I have other plans.  The waters a an amazing green colour and I can't stop taking photos of it.  The walk is a really nice one too and the village is even smaller than I expected it to be when I get there, but there seem to be some pretty neat places to stay along this route situated right by the water with their own tiny sun bathing areas.  The whole area is more Italian than Germanic and makes a change in language I wasn't really expecting but makes sense when though on.  I walk back and by the time I get there it is close to rain.  I try to find my way to the hostel I am thinking of trying for the night and realise on getting there that there are about 5 streets in the same area with the same name and the one I want is miles away.  I call and they are booked out anyway.  I then head to the train station to see if I can catch a train back, but being just past 9pm the last train left 10 minutes earlier so I am stranded.  By this time the rain is torrential and I have soaked sandles and my umbrella is only just keeping the top half dry.  Thank goodness for lonely planet as I find a hostel in it that says it's just behind the train station.  I find it with some effort in the rain and they are also booked out.  But my plead for help results in a call to the next hotel and a bed for the night.  This will be the most expensive night's stay so far at 85 CHF for a single room but considering I have been board free at George's I consider this acceptable.  Besides what choices do I have?  Needless to say it is a cute room with everything you might need and a darn sight nicer than staying in a noisy crowded hostel room.
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