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?