Old Locarno – 2002

The view of Locarno from the hillside above is spectacular. Due to the high temperatures and high humidity while I was there the pictures are not as clear as I would have liked them to be. After walking around the […]

Transportation in Switzerland – 2002

June 2002 The ‘Smart’ Car Driving from the airport to my aunt’s house I noticed that most of the cars were much smaller than what I was used to from Canada. There was one particular car that caught my attention. […]

The Verzasca Valley – 2002

June 20/2002 Villages in the Verzasca Valley The village of Corippo at the end of the lake lies on the western side of the the valley and is only accessable by the foot bridge over the Verzasca river. Typical buildings, […]

The Verzasca Dam – 2002

June 20/2002 The lake of Vogorno is an artificial basin, whose waters are used for hydroelectric power plants. It extends from the Verzasca dam to the village of Corippo. The construction of the dam, owned by the Verzasca SA and […]

Lucerne – 2002

June 16/2002 “Lucerne is an ancient place, mentioned for the first time in historical records, as “Lucaria” in the year 840. With the opening of the St. Gotthard Pass over the Alps, the growing town began to develop into the […]

St. Gotthard Pass – 2002

June 2002 The St. Gotthard Pass plays an important role in Swiss transportation. It is the directest way to travel from the northern side of the Alps to the southern side.   Saint Gotthard  Information from Encyclopedia.com “(sant got´herd, got´erd) […]

Swiss Flowers South of the Alps

June 2002 The Tessin is on the southern side of the Alps and the climate is totally different than on the northern side. Warm weather plants grow very nicely here together with palm trees and lemon trees that bear fruit. […]

Locarno/Minusio – 2002

June 13/2002 We made it safe and sound to the Tessin, the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. The picture to the right was taken from space and shows Lago Maggiore (or Verbano), the lake where Locarno is located quite beautiful. […]

Zurich – Locarno/Minusio – 2002

June 13/2002 We arrived in Zurich to warm summer temperatures and spent a few hours with relatives before heading on the road for our trip over the Alps to the Tessin, the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. It is 215 […]

Halifax – Toronto – Zurich … Let’s Go

June 12/2002 Our trip begins in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the International airport. The population of Halifax is around 350,000 roughly equal to the population of Zurich, Switzerland with 343,000. On September 11, 2001 over 40 airplanes were parked on […]