Leaving my hotel it was crystal clear, a gorgeous day to travel by train
to Ticino on the southern side of the Alps!
Torrential rains fell, and the mountains were weeping with waterfalls!
Travelling in Europe is something I love even when it means taking pictures out of a moving train! For the first three hours, after a late train meant making 5 changes rather than the minimum of 2 that I paid extra for, every part of me wished I’d driven my car to Bavaria for two-days of meetings. However, upon emerging from the 17 kilometre Gotthard Tunnel seeing the hours-long wait of cars and trucks to make that short, dark transit from one side of the Alps to the other, brought a smile to my face!
This spectacular photograph was captured by
Martial Trezzini, www.martialtrezzini.ch
When I arrived in Locarno at 21.00, and even though it was getting dark, the weather was cool and refreshing and after being cooped up on the train for so long given that I only one small bag, I decided to walk home. The lake was gorgeous, and the breeze from behind me was refreshing and I more than once I thought how strange it was that no one else was out walking the beautiful path beside Lago Maggiore that brings me to my front door. Under the awning, the instant I put my key in the front door there was a flash of light, the skies opened and a percussion roll of thunder boomed! Incredibly, so intent was my body and spirit to get home that I failed to see the storm rolling in from the west! While never in danger as there are lots of places to duck in and take safe cover, my guardian angels were certainly doing over time, blowing in one direction as the storm blew in from the other. Had I slowed down for even a moment, I would have been sitting in some nook 'n cranny or a bistro for hours as the storm raged until midnight!
My first guests arrive tomorrow, and it’s non-stop until my next journey in mid-July to the east coast of the US!