Ben's Photo Blog

Photos from my various adventures

The Crossing

Posted by Ben on June 22, 2009

Sorry for the late(r) post, I’ve had plenty to keep me busy today.

Today, we again decided to ditch the traditional classroom for one with a slightly better view. After breakfast in the Villa, we boarded a ferry in Capolago (right next to Riva) bound for Lugano, on the other side of the lake.

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The front of the boat was incredibly windy and prone to sprays from the passing waves, so most of us ended up at the back.  I was able to get a pretty good shot of Riva behind us as we left.  In the middle you can see the domes of Santa Croce.

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I also got a pretty good shot up the side of Monte Generoso, the mountain we went up a few days ago:

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Once we arrived, we made our way to one of the parks along the side of the lake for lunch.  I think a lot of our sandwiches went towards feeding the swans that were hanging out along the shore.

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On the way to our first stop in Lugano, we passed by a really pretty fountain in the middle of a square

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Eventually, we made it to the Church of Santa Maria degli Angioli.  This church had several frescoes done by one of Leonardo da Vinci’s apprentices, Luini.  This was the most prominent of them by far:

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The next stop was the San Lorenzo Cathedral overlooking the city.  This was, and still is the major cathedral in the city, and parts of it date back to the 9th century.  The cathedral had some very beautiful stained glass windows.

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After this we were given a few hours to explore the town.  After walking by all the shops along the main streets, Evan and I made our way to the Parco Tassino, where we saw the Enderlin Tower and had a nice view of the lake

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Tomorrow we travel by train to Milan for the day!

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