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A Sunset Ferry Ride from Switzerland to Italy

After a delectable lunch and leisurely stroll around Locarno, Switzerland, my friends Margo, Katy, Kate, Kathy and I boarded a ferry heading to Stresa, Italy and found the best possible seats in the open air on the top deck.

It was the perfect vantage point for soaking up sunshine and watching the bevy of sailboats taking advantage of the Indian Summer for an October sailing.

We met some lovely fellow travelers from Canada and had a good ol’ visit as we steamed along.

Now and then we’d pull ashore to disgorge passengers, giving us glimpses of pretty little lakeside villages and tidy harbors filled with brightly colored boats.

I loved seeing folks walking along the promenade or resting their bones on wooden benches, taking in the sights and enjoying each others company.

As the sun sank lower in the sky, the ferry took us past the tiny Borromean Islands, their few buildings glowing in the light of the setting sun.

This ferry ride must be gorgeous any time of day, but I’m so glad we got to go at sunset. Everything seems so much more peaceful at sunset. Quiet in the soft golden light.

It didn’t take long for us to settle back in our plastic chairs, escaping into our own private thoughts as we journalled, took photos, and watched the shoreline of Switzerland become the shoreline of Italy.

The sun slipped behind the hills and I pulled my pashmina tight around my shoulders, unwilling to leave the deck even with the chilly breezes.

At this point my trusty little camera died and I finished the trip with my phone – islands, old buildings, train station and dear friends. The pictures are blurry and black and white but I love them just the same.

How do you like to document your journeys? Do you write? Take pictures? Video? Paint or sketch?


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Katewalk - What a great ferry ride!  Lovely….

Krista -  Thank you, Kate! It was such an unexpected pleasure. 🙂 I’m SO glad I went. 🙂

Vanessa@Luxuria - I do take photos when I remember, but nothing in comparison to your gorgeous images 😉

Krista -  I love taking pictures too, Vanessa. 🙂 Not all of mine turn out, but even the bad ones hold good memories. 🙂

Krista -  And how I LOVE your photos, Andi! 🙂

Andi Perullo - I take photos! I take no notes while on the road. GORGEOUS pics!!!!!!

jenny@atasteoftravel - What a stunning afternoon. I love your photos- I feel as though I am there with you

Anwar - Wow it is absolutely gorgeous!  Sounds like a great ferry ride.  Lovely photos indeed.  

Krista -  I’m so glad you feel that way, Jenny. 🙂 It was such a glorious day. 🙂

Krista -  Thank you so much, Anwar! It is definitely the most beautiful ferry ride I’ve ever taken. 🙂

Ayngelina - I document too much! But I actually prefer not to do anything electronic while on a train or bus, it’s just nice to write in my journal and look out the window.

bellini - A wonderful journey Krista. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

Krista -  I love to write on the train too, Ayngelina. 🙂 It’s so nice to just look out the window and let my thoughts wander. 🙂

Krista -  Thank you so much, Val. I’m so glad you enjoyed it too. 🙂

Neil1964L - I usually take video’s – with or without commentary ha ha…… Love those pics Krista and those little villages!!!.    Makes me want to just jump off your cruise and explore the streets. what a great trip.

Barbara - Beautiful, Krista. So peaceful. I envy you all your travels.

Krista -  I would love to start taking video too, Neil. 🙂 I’ve done a little bit with my phone and LOVE the little snippets I have. 🙂

Krista -  I am so grateful for these experiences, dear Barbara. I definitely never anticipated being able to see a place like this.

Cabin Rental Luray VA - Awesome ferry ride. No hustle and bustle, cool and pleasurable. 

Deanna Bisaha - My mom always watercolors when we’re on vacation. She is so good at it. I am not. I tend to stick to photos. Which is handy for after the trip when my mom and my super artistic sister need inspiration. 

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