June 2nd, 2010

Jennifer Carr, Fine Art Consultant at Gallery MAR, will be contributing to our Park City blog this spring, with her Italian Insights and Adventures. This week’s adventure brought Jennifer through the volcano cloud to Paris, France, where she begins her three month trip. Look for more updates and inspirations from her travels throughout Italy and beyond.

On a whim a friend and I decide to take a quick train ride up to Lugano, Switzerland for a beautiful day in the sun. Right when you get off the train you see the historic San Lorenzo Cathedral which is filled with beautiful fresco paintings dating back to 1470.

The city is known for its beautiful flowers so now is the best time to visit.  We strolled through Park Civico, enjoying how green it is: the flowers in full bloom, and the intricate statues placed through out the park. We stopped for some fruit at the local farmers market, got our espresso at a little café and made our plans for the day. We would take the tram up to Monte Bre and enjoy the view, then hike through the trails along the lake for the rest of the day. To our disappointment the tram was broken so we decided we would hike to the top instead. It ended up being a 12 mile (!!!) hike all around and with a very steep incline the entire way up. We could not have asked for better views;  the huge mountains covered in green luscious trees, the snow capped Alps in the background and a nice breeze coming off the lake.

We celebrated making it to the top with some fondue while taking in the surrounding scenery. We made it through with only a view blisters and a bit of sun burn. Overall the food was great, and although the hike was a bit more intense than we had planned, it was well worth it at the top.

And back to my Italian adventures… next stop Venice!

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