Sunday, August 12, 2018

The path of Marvels: traces of Ticino's past

The Trail of Marvels is a circular itinerary that starts and ends in Novaggio. Along the marked path that winds through the valley of the Magliasina-river between Novaggio, Ponte di Vello and Aranno, there are several attractions of historical, natural and scenic interest: from the evidence of human activities to a wetland environment abounding in several noteworthy species of flora and fauna. Among the wonders of this trail there are the remains of an old castle and the mines where gold was once extracted.

This trail in the Malcantone region is suitable for families. The entire excursion takes place in the wood, is 7 km long and can be completed comfortably in 4 - 6 hours.

Thirteen markers provide information on a plethora of sights such as:
- the dry-stone walls, which were originally built to denote boundaries and are now redundant
- the Vinèra mill, the traces of the gold and silver mines, which provided employment for a considerable number of people until just before the end of the 19th century
- the terraced fields which were mainly used to grow rye
- the remains of the Miglieglia castle, the Aranno forge, the La Monda mine (Aranno), which mainly contained zinc and sulfur
- the Aranno mill, where locally grown grain and chestnuts were ground
- the Ponte Aranno mine (Novaggio) and the kiln, where tiles and bricks were produced in the past

You can even bring a souvenir home: typical local products at Azienda Agricola Masseria al Ronco (Novaggio) and Azienda Agricola Celso (Miglieglia) are on offer. Should you wish a tour of the mill (Maglio di Aranno) contact Signor Daniele Borin directly at +41 (0)79 609 15 60

Click here for detailed info in English:

Click here for a detailed map and video:

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Join the TEDxLugano Team

Do you also find TED Talks inspiring and....well just cool.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Do you want to be part of the team that will organize TEDxLugano in 2019? They are looking for Italian/English speakers with professional experience that would like to volunteer to cover the vacant positions; see following link for details.

Please apply by sending the Lugano TEDxLugano team a private message to or to their Facebook page presenting yourself and motivating your application for a specific position.

Check out last year's TEDxLugano edition:

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Expat with Kids Recipes

My friends know I have a passion for blogging. My Paris blog is a home for all my photos - because you cannot stroll though Paris without taking pictures - as well as an outlet to share my Parisian adventures with the world.

To keep a close link to Switzerland I have also continued my original Lugano blog Expat with Kids, a funky lifestyle website for the English speaking community in Lugano that began back in 2010 as the first English online Ticino guide.

Only few know, that tucked away I own a third blog called Expat with Kids Recipes. I adore recipes and have been collecting them since my teens. A giveaway to my Swiss upbringing is that I have been a loyal subscriber to Betty Bossi since 1996. My recipe blog came to life since I decided to have all my favourite recipes in one place and available online to wherever I travel.

As of late, I have decided to blow some wind into its sails and have revamped the site entirely.

Expat with Kids Recipes are a mix of origins true to my own heritage and travels. You'll find Swiss, American, British, Italian and French recipes. My faible for the Caribbean is also quite apparent in my choice of exotic recipes.

The one thing they all have in common is that they are easy and fast to prepare. Simple ingredients and straight forward directions keep it hassle free and tasty!

My biggest success is definitely the Italian Tiramisù recipe. So, tell me, which is your favourite?

Friday, August 3, 2018

Monte Carasso and the Tibetan bridge

On a hot summer day, escape to the valley and discover the unexpected highlights in the forests above Monte Carasso. Visit the restored village of Corte di Sotto and the Romanesque mountain village church of San Barnàrd. Don't miss the vertiginous crossing of the 270-meter-long and 130 meter-high Carasc suspension bridge, one of Switzerland's longest Tibetan bridges.

Curzútt (Corte di Sotto) lies hidden in the chestnut woods above Monte Carasso. A second highlight is close at hand: the former (now disused) Romanesque mountain village church of San Barnàrd. Sumptuous frescoes depicting the "Madonna del Latte" adorn the squat interior of this small place of worship.

The route now climbs well over 150 m to the next highlight: the spectacular Carasc suspension bridge over the Sementina Valley high above Bellinzona (the entire hike has signage with the name Sementina Gorge). The bridge connects Curzùtte S. Bernardo to the Via delle Vigne; permitting pleasurable hikes amid chestnut woods in a historic, scenic and beautiful region known for excellent food and wines on reaching the other side. The suspension bridge is easily accessible with the Monte Carasso-Carzùtt-Mornera cable car – the valley station for which is located on the outskirts of Bellinzona.

After passing the upland plain of San Defendente with a late mediaeval oratory, the route follows the old stone path that descends very steeply to Sementina and Monte Carasso. At the end, walkers will see the "Fortini della fame" (circular "hunger" towers) on the left, the Dufour defence line and the SS. Trinity church.

Starting point: Curzútt (Corte di Sotto)
Destination: Monte Carasso
Getting to the starting point: take bus/car to Monte Carasso; continue up Monte Carasso – Mornera cable car; Curzútt is a midway station on the line
Back from the destination: catch bus/car to Bellinzona and Locarno
Technique: easy
Difference in elevation: ascent 270 m, descent 600 m
Hiking time: 2h 40m
Note: at the cable car valley station, ask for the large key to enter San Barnàrd church.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

1.August Abroad

Wishing all my readers in Switzerland and abroad a Happy 1. August!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

1.August Speech for the Swiss Abroad

As every year, the President of the Confederation addresses the Swiss Abroad on its National Day. On August 1st, 2018 it is Alain Berset paying his respects to the citizens of Switzerland's 3rd largest community after Zurich and Bern. The Swiss abroad would be the most divers of all canons but we are all united by our view onto Switzerland.

The speech comes in 4 different languages: German, French, Italian and English even though the fourth National language is not English but Romansch. The English version it targeted towards to Swiss Abroad who gather in Swiss clubs and organisations across the globe to celebrate and connect.

Click here to listen to the 1. August National Day address: 1Aug_Ausland_BPAB_EN.mp4

How do you celebrate August 1 abroad? Share your Swiss National Holiday photos with the hashtag # 1AugustAbroad.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

New Swiss National Anthem

Discover the proposal for a new National anthem text in all four National languages here: Hymne.pdf.

On 1 August, the communities in Switzerland and the Swiss clubs worldwide are invited to sing the proposed new hymn which is in the centre of a National debate on values.

In 2013, the Swiss company for public value (SGG) launched an artists' competition to create a new Swiss National anthem. 208 contributions from all parts of the country arrived between January and June 2014. The 30-member jury with experts from music, literature, journalism, music and sports associations chose six competition entries for the online voting. In a first round of voting, the three finalists were determined. The winner was chosen in a close race in the final round on September 12, 2015. The new anthem is written by Werner Widmer and is based on the introductory text of the Federal Constitution containing values such as peace, freedom, independence and the protection of the weak.

The SGG wants to initiate a national debate about the identity and the central values of our country with the creation of this new anthem text. The melody of today's National anthem by Albert Zwyssig is retained in the new hymn text.

Did you know that...

- There is no legal basis for singing the Swiss anthem in communities or at sports events? In 1981, the Federal Council declared the new anthem obligatory only for military and diplomatic occasions.
- Over the past three years, the Federal Council has repeatedly defended SGG's initiative for a new hymn text in the face of parliament?
- Parliament voted against cementing the „Schweizerpsalm“ (current Swiss anthem) in the Constitution?

Saturday, July 28, 2018

1.August Brunch 2018

Celebrate Switzerland's National Day with a traditional Farmer's Brunch. It is a family event not to be missed. For the past 25 years Swiss farmers have been inviting city dwellers (Swiss and foreign alike) for brunch on their farms. Last year 350 farms all across the country welcomed over 150'000 guests.

Hosted by selected Swiss farms who offer you a brunch, they will provide you with the opportunity to taste different kinds of home-made cheese, meat, milk, bread, Birchermüesli and many other gastronomic specialities in a very particular atmosphere.

You'll have the certainty of trying some excellent high quality products. If you're lucky you'll enjoy some typical Swiss music, meet a Swiss celebrity, be served out of a giant Roesti frying pan or admire some amazing National costumes. The kids will love all the direct contact with the farms' animals.

Book now for a brunch in one of the farms! Click here to find a list of Ticino's participating farmers.

My favourite so far is: Alpe Duragno at the top of Monte Tamaro. See purple trail on map. My friends recommend the farms on top of Monte Generoso. Capanna Cava is worth a mention as well.

As places in the farms are limited, registration is mandatory and better done early. You can register by telephoning or e-mailing the farmers directly before July 30th 2018. There are still quite a few spots left as of this morning. Please communicate how many children and adults you'll be.

Venue: 1.August Brunch
When: Wednesday, August 1st, 2018
Time: 9:00 - 13:00
Price: CHF 25.- to 40.-
Directions: All participating farms will be signposted with the logo: «Brunch»
For more info: Tel: 056 462 52 10 on workdays from 10:00 bis 12:00 and from 14.00 to 16:00

Far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the beautiful Swiss countryside and fine Swiss products can be enjoyed not only on August 1st. On, you'll find all the farms that offer their products throughout the year!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Facts about Expats in Switzerland

Expat Insider is one of the largest surveys worldwide offering an in-depth analysis of Expat life across the globe. More than 12,500 respondents representing 166 nationalities and living in 188 countries or territories answered InterNations' questions, providing unique insights into what it means to be an Expat in 2017.

Expats in Switzerland appreciate the excellent quality of life, while struggling with a distant local population and high expenses.

Nearly half of Expats working in Switzerland can be found in finance or IT (14% each), healthcare (11%), or manufacturing and engineering (10%). Incomes in Switzerland are higher than they would be back home. In Switzerland, an impressive 57% report an annual gross household income of over 100,000 CHF, with 14% even having 200,000 CHF or more at their disposal; these results are nearly three times the global average of 21% and 5% respectively.

In contrast, the country ranks second to last in the Cost of Living Index, with close to three-quarters (73%) rating this factor negatively. “The cost of living is very high, even when considering the high income”, one respondent complains. The majority of Expats also gives the affordability of housing (67%), healthcare (50%), and childcare (71% of parents) a negative rating.

The quality of life in Switzerland seems to make up for such high living expenses. The country ranks 8th in this index and scores especially well when it comes to safety and transportation.

Not one single respondent perceived personal safety as a potential drawback prior to their relocation to Switzerland — and they weren’t wrong. In fact, less than 0.5% end up judging this factor negatively after experiencing life in Switzerland. Peacefulness and political stability earn similar praise with 97% and 93% positive ratings respectively.

The destination has even more to offer. “I love that Switzerland is centrally located and affords me the opportunity to travel all over Europe. Switzerland's public transportation system makes adjusting to life without a car quite easy”, shared another Expat. Around seven in ten respondents give the opportunity to travel (69%) and the local transportation infrastructure (74%) the best possible rating.

In the Health & Well-Being subcategory, Switzerland only loses ground due to the aforementioned healthcare costs - both the quality of medical care (85%) and of the environment (98%) are rated favourably by the vast majority of respondents.

The health and safety of children is also rated positively, with 95% and 97% of expat parents reporting they are generally happy with these factors.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Lugano Cliff diving

Lugano does not pop into your head spontaneously when talking about cliff diving.

The real roots of cliff diving are found at Kaunolu, on the Hawaiian island of Lana´i. Back in 1770, Kahekili, the last independent king of Maui and chief of four islands was famous for “lele kata”, which in English means "leaping off high cliffs and entering the water feet first without a splash".

Then there is the myth of La Quebrada, or “The Break”, the famous rock in Acapulco. In 1934, the 13-year old Enrique Apac Rios jumped off for the first time in history. In 1997 the Red Bull competition of cliff diving was officially born in Ticino.

For the first time in Ticino, 12 of the best world athletes will dive performing from a 22 meter high platform at Rivetta Belvedere (in front of LAC).

This diving acrobatic show organised by World High diving federation is free of charge and an event for all the ages. The beautiful setting of the Lake Lugano together with a very high rate of adrenaline and spectacularity will make for an unforgettable live performance.

Venue: Lugano Cliff diving
Where: Rivetta Belvedere, 6900 Lugano
Date: Saturday, July 21st - 3 show during the day 16:00 – 18:00 - 20:00
Sunday, July 22nd - 3 show during the day 14:00 – 16:00 – 18:00
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