Feb 4, 2019 - 12:20 AM
Today we decided to attempt to catch a local bus to Ascona further south on the lake. There was some kind of car display going on in Locarno near our hotel, so the bus route was changed somewhat but we managed to find the right bus and enjoyed a ride with the locals.
It was hard to remember we were in Switzerland and not Italy because of the Italian being spoken all around us. We found our way to the lake from the bus stop and then wandered about looking at some old churches and other buildings in this nice little town.
As this excursion only filled up the morning, after getting back to Locarno we caught the train to Bellinzona to see the Unesco listed castles. Or rather one of the castles, Castelgrande, as it is the only one with a lift and is closest to the station. We could see the other two castles, Montebello and Sasso Corbara from a distance when up at Castelgrande.
Castelgrande is the oldest castle, being built in the 13th century. It was interesting to wander about the grounds and there is a small museum inside as well. The weather was still very hot so after a while I felt like going back to our hotel. At least 26 degrees is cooler than 30 degrees or whatever it was outside.
Day 13: www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/trip-report-september-2013-day-13-thun