Switzerland and Lake Cuomo

In June I made my first trip to Switzerland, photographing the swiss alps has always been a dream of mine.  The flight is fairly easy from LAX, twelve hours non-stop.  I flew Swiss-Air, which was like flying in a big swiss army knife. Every nook and cranny seemed to have a purpose.

Once I landed it Zurich, I had a short drive to Lucerne. After check in, this was my immediate view! 

This is the view from my room at Hotel Schweizerhof. Since they opened in 1845, the original architecture and design have remained the same.  

Another view from my room.  Every morning I would sit on my little balcony, sip on expresso, and watch the morning commuters.  

The morning after I arrived, I took a cable car to the top of Mt. Pilatus.  You couldn't ask for a better view. 

I couldn't help but notice how close this church was to the ledge!

If you look closely, you can see hiking trails.  I can't wait to come back and hike around Switzerland.  

My guide wanted to show me her friends house, her view was stunning! 

The village of Vitznau sits at the base of Mt. Rigi with beautiful views of Lake Lucerne.  

Instead of sitting in traffic back to Lucerne from Vitznau, I took the ferry back to the city.

Another lakeside Village on the way to Brienz.

Behind Geissback Falls.  

Front view of Geissback Falls.

I visited a swiss family owned farm, the swiss love their dairy! 

Everyday at 2:00PM the cows are free to roam.  

A swiss farmer and his collie. 

The chapel bridge in Lucerne.  

Swans were a gift to Lucerne from Louis the Great.

Alpaca's on the way to visit the cheese man (as my guide called him). 

The cheese man.  

Arrived at the Villa d"Este in Lake Cuomo via train from Lucerne.

Villa d'Este was built in 1568 as the summer residence of Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio.

More marble at Villa D'Este

The grounds at Villa D'Este are perfectly manicured. 

Villa D'Este Alfa Romero.

Tensions were high this week in Europe.  

Private tour of La Scala Opera House.

Some of the original decor is still preserved.

Musicians getting ready for a German opera.  

A Rolls-Royce used as a prop on the backstage of La Scala. 


Thank you for following along with me on my travels.  Twenty-sixteen will be another exciting year for me with new endeavors and adventures to new locations.  I appreciate the continued support!