Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Geneva is the second largest city of Switzerland and is among the cities with the best quality of life of the world. Situated on the borders of Lake Léman (also known as Lake Geneva), this pleasant and cosmopolitan French speaking city is surrounded by French territory and is connected to Switzerland by the lake and by a narrow corridor of land.

Geneva was the eighth and last city of an itinerary made by train in Austria and Switzerland in May 2007. The Old City and the quays along Lake Léman must be explored on foot.

A stroll in the narrow streets of the Old City will take us to St. Pierre Cathedral which was adopted as home church by John Calvin in the protestant reform in the 16th century.

Still in the Old City we can find the Place Bourg-de-Four, with cafés and restaurants, and streets with sophisticated stores.

The Jet d'Eau in the Gustave-Ador quay is the symbol of Geneva. The spring throws water 138m into the air above the lake. The arch formed by the falling water follows the direction of the wind and is illuminated differently during the day.

Along the borders of Lake Léman we can appreciate ancient constructions e historical sites as the Genève Paquis quay, where the Archduchess of Austria, Elisabeth of Bavária (the Sissi) was murdered in 1899.

Several boats link Geneva to cities and villages of Switzerland and France along the borders of Lake Léman, in a region of exuberant natural environment.

A visit to Geneva and regions around Lake Léman will be a pleasant experience for a dedicated photographer.

Saturday, August 25, 2007


Lausanne is the fifth largest city of Switzerland situated in the French speaking Vaud canton. Originally built above three hills, the city is located at the borders of Lake Léman (also known as Lake Geneva).

Lausanne was the seventh city of an itinerary made by train in Austria and Switzerland in May 2007. The historical center in Upper Town must be explored on foot. The surroundings of the city can be reached by the public transportation.

The Cathedral of Lausanne stands out in the Upper Town. It is situated 150 meters above the level of Lake Léman and is one of the most impressive gothic churches of Europe.

A stroll in the narrow streets of the Upper Town leads you to the Château of Saint-Marie, built between the 14th and 15th centuries. Today it houses administrative offices of the canton.

The Lake Léman can be seen from the Upper Town, over the rooftops of the historical center.

Aristocratic hotels and restaurants can be found in the borough of Ouchy, situated at the borders of Lake Léman. From its port, boats sail to many localities around the lake.

Ouchy is a starting point for aquatic sport activities in Lake Léman. It is also a privileged point of view of the French Alps in the Savoy region, on the other side of the lake.

Friday, August 24, 2007


Interlaken is a pleasant Suiss city, visited by tourists all year round. The city is surrounded by an exuberant natural environment and next to snow-capped mountains of the Alps. Around the city we can also find many villages among dazzling landscapes.

Interlaken was the sixth city of an itinerary made by train in Austria and Switzerland in May 2007. The city is located between the lakes Thun and Brienz in the Bernese Oberland. The best way to explore the city is on foot.

The Jungfrau Mountain dominates Interlaken. The most famous view of the mountain is from Höheweg Park, in the center of the city.

A stroll around the city offers the opportunity of capturing great images.

A trip to the Jungfrau Mountain may be considered Interlaken's visit highlight. A railroad links the city to Jungfraujoch, the highest train station of Europe, 3,400 meters high. The trip allows the visitor to appreciate breathtaking views of extremely beautiful alpine regions.

One of the ways to reach Jungraujoch passes through Grindelwald, an alpine village surrounded by dazzling natural scenarios.

At the Jungfraujoch train station, one can see the top of Jungfrau Mountain and the surrounding snow-capped region.

Interlaken and the surrounding regions are an endless source of great images that will never disappoint the dedicated photographer.

Monday, August 6, 2007


Lucerne is a pleasant city that represents the image of a typical Swiss city, with its narrow old streets, towers, covered bridges, springs and buildings with frescoes. Situated among an exuberant nature environment, the city is one of the most visited towns of Switzerland.

Lucerne was the fifth city of an itinerary made by train in Austria and Switzerland in May 2007. The city is located at the north end of Lake Lucerne. The center of the city is relatively compact and can be explored on foot.

In the center of the city we can find many historical constructions like the Hofkirch, the main church of the city; the Church of the Jesuits of baroque style and the rectangular tower of the Altes Rathaus - the old city hall - of renaissance style.

The River Reuss, which drains Lake Lucerne, cuts the center of the city. Hotels, restaurants and historical buildings line on both banks of the river, composing a remarkable architectural style.

Two covered wooden footbridges cross the River Reuss, close to the historical center. The famous Chapel Bridge, with its octagonal tower, crosses the river diagonally and is the symbol of Lucerne. It is one of the most preserved wooden bridges of Switzerland. The Mills Bridge was built in 1407 and is one of the oldest covered wooden bridges of Europe.

The historical center we still can find many buildings with timber framing structures and with painted façades.

The areas on around both banks of the River Reuss attract many visitors and offer great opportunities for capturing images.

The region around the Lake Lucerne is famous for its scenery and for the bucolic villages along its banks.

A visit to the Mount Pilatus, 15km south of Lucerne, is very appreciated by the tourists. At 2,100 meters of altitude, visitors find two hotels, restaurants and leisure areas.

From the top of Mount Pilatus we can see a panoramic view of Lucerne and the mountains with snow-capped peaks all year round.

The dedicated photographer will not be disappointed with a visit to Lucerne and the regions around the city.