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Switzerland

Casinò di Campione, Italy

A few days ago, a local friend told us about Casino Campione d'Italia and suggested that we check it out while we were in town. He told us it is the largest casino in Europe and that it has 9 floors of table games and slot machines, with a stunning v...

Tartarughe Ninja

Sometimes it's the little things about somewhere new that make you smile. Like walking by this quaint movie theater in Mendrisio and seeing a poster for Tartarughe Ninja, aka Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! ...

Wandering Around Lugano

Today, we rode the train about 20 minutes north to Lugano, Switzerland. Lugano is one of Switzerland's most populated cities and also home to the largest Italian speaking community outside of Italy. Here, palm trees grow side by side with magestic pi...

Sagra Dell Uva (Grape Festival)

The Sagra dell Uva, or Festival of the Grape, is an annual festival that takes place in Mendrisio at the end of September, which lucky for us happens to be this weekend. Consequently, we spent the day buying freshly baked macarons, herb infused goat ...

Church Bells and Palm Trees

The sun is shining, weather is great, yeah... makes me want to move my dancing feet (Bob Marley). For the first time since checking into Hotel Morgana, I feel great! After a short stretch and a long shower, I practically danced downstairs for some br...

Recovering in Mendrisio

I'm still not %100, but I think I'm on the tail end of whatever cold I've been fighting for the last couple of days. I stayed in the room this morning, enjoying an espresso and the view from the balcony, while JC went downstairs to check out the comp...

Hotel Morgana, Switzerland

The move to Hotel Morgana this afternoon was relatively painless, despite still being sick. Even with all of our luggage, we could have walked, but given my flu like condition we decided to cab it. Like our most previous hotel across from the trai...