Oh Summer time in Europe is one of the best times of the year. Long days, golden sunsets, endless hikes, afternoon tipples and impromptu swims. And I’ve found one of the best places in Europe to do it.
I’ll raise you one if you’ve never heard of Ticino? Prior to spending a good amount of time being based in Switzerland – Neither have I. But in fact, many of the most beautiful views that Switzerland is known for come from that Italian-speaking region of Switzerland! Plus it is the adventure center of Switzerland. From the many freezing rivers with as many shades of green and blue as you can name, to experiencing canyoning, rock climbing and endless beautiful hikes. Ticino has them all (and more!)
I spent 3 days in Ticino but already have 16 Reasons why Ticino should go straight onto your travel bucket list. Plus, check out how easy it is to make it a side trip off visiting Venice, Milan or Zurich.
Lausanne does not immediately come to mind with the mention of Switzerland – and I don’t blame you! With Zurich and Geneva constantly taking top spot on lists like ‘The Most Expensive City …’ and Interlaken, Jungfraujoch and Lucerne being flooded with selfie stick waving tourists. The city of Lausanne does not get much internet time, space nor attention from tourists looking to see as much of Switzerland as they possibly can in the shortest possible time (because you know, due to Switzerland being proudly infamous for being an expensive destination).
But if you are reading this, you either are thinking of visiting Lausanne, already live in Lausanne and want to see if your favorite spot are still kept under the radar or you are trying to determine if Lausanne is worth your time and money.
Short Answer – YES IT IS
You probably don’t need all 17 of these reasons to pay Lausanne a visit but you might find yourself staying an extra few days just to get to them all!
How much does it cost though? Well you might be pleased to know that in expensive Switzerland, more than 10 of these 17 things, are actually are free! But be ready to put in some legwork getting up and down those hills!
You ready? Got in some training on that stair-master? Okay let’s get to it then
I can’t even begin to describe my obsession for the Olympic Games which roll around every 4 years. Granted Singapore does not have very many Olympians nor do we take part in as many events as our neighboring countries in Asia, we are extremely passionate about our athletes who make it to the Games.
But when the Summer Olympics do roll around every 4 years, I make it a point to catch the Games highlights every day. Even setting alarms at crazy times of the night to watch events that Singaporeans feature in. One of the highlights which I will remember for a long time to come, was being in Brazil during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. Where I watched Joseph Schooling clinch the Gold in the100m Butterfly. Literally almost exploded with national pride and excitement in that hostel common room.
So for an ardent Olympic Games fan like me, you’d think I would know where the Intenational Olympic Committee was based, right?
It’s Summer Time in Europe! Long sunny days that never seem to end, sundresses and picnics by the lake are pretty much the on the itinerary of every European and every traveler traveling through Europe! Summer is indeed awesome over here as I gear up to go on a month long road trip around Europe taking in the best sights. But first, to explore the city and the surroundings that I’ve been in for the last few weeks. There may or may not be chocolate involved in the creation of this post…
After a good 2 weeks of exploring the German-speaking side of Switzerland, it was only fair that we checked out the French part as well. We landed ourselves in the South-western part of Switzerland in the city of Lausanne not knowing much about the city but in a week soon grew into the city’s many hills and gorgeous view of the Swiss/French Alps. Life isn’t too shabby when you get to wake up to views like this ^^!
We took a day trip out of the city to explore the surrounding regions to explore the countryside via the SBB trains which are definitely an attraction of Switzerland in itself. In the process, we found pretty much the perfect day trip from the city of Lausanne, which involved chocolate, scenic train rides, a swim in the lake and a picnic with a view of Lake Leman. If you ever find yourselves without anything to occupy your time with on Sunday (where everything is notoriously closed in Switzerland, you can check out this day trip!)
Friends! It’s almost the weekend, and I have to say, being in Switzerland for the last 3 weeks has been absolute perfection. Not that Switzerland or the Swiss needs anymore praise after being on lists like #1 Country in the World or Country with the best quality of life – you get the drift. Most people travel quickly through Switzerland as the prices of everything from mineral water to a whole chicken is enough to scare you off with a minor heart attack, but we’ve taken the time to spend some time with our amazing Swiss friends and explore this beautiful country canton by canton (and eat as much cheese and chocolate as humanly possible in the process)
I’ve been in Basel for a good 2 weeks now and I would say it is the most underrated Swiss city! People often think of Jungfraujoch, Zurich, Geneva, Interlaken, Lucerne as hot spots for tourists who want to see everything. Prior to arriving in Basel (it’s Bah-zerl, not Bay-zerl), I knew practically nothing about the city, except that it could potentially be part of a good few basil and herb jokes. But after 2 weeks in the city, I got to know the city really well, even where to get groceries and bread on Sundays. Here’s a list of 21 Things to do in Basel (most of them are free too!) which double as reasons why you should pay this underrated city a visit!