23 November 2009

ice ice baby

For the fourth year running now and to the delight of local inhabitants, the Locarno Piazza Grande is once again transformed into a Winter Wonderland.  Installation is almost complete and as of 3rd December you'll find us hotfooting it round the ice rink, slowly at first but by the end of December (10th January 2010 in fact) we'll be pretty smooth, assisted in part by the delicious mulled wine. If you're not really into skating but prefer to observe, there are igloo bars for that indoor/outdoor lounging experience as well as plenty of outdoor tables each with their own heating lamp. A perfect way to enhance your Christmas shopping trip. Click here for more information.

18 November 2009

Pop this into your diaries: Sunday 6th December from 10am till 4pm Tegna will be host to its annual, delightful Christmas market - lots of creative and talented people exhibiting their wares. The creator and writer of the blog salcottroad will be there with all of her beautiful creations as well as Karin from Semplice with her new collection of knotted necklaces. Domi and Cri also return with more of their lovely ceramics after last year's huge success. Christmas refreshments and other local delicacies will make the wander through the village even more inviting. See you there!

12 November 2009


While Chiasso is not usually considered a tourist destination here in Ticino, you will find at least one very special place there that is definitely worth a visit. The m.a.x. museo is only a short walk from the station and can be easily combined with a trip to Como, Milan, the swish Hugo Boss head office in Mendrisio or even the soul-less but addictive shopping centre Fox Town nearby.
Opened in 2005 by Aoi Huber-Kono, widow of the renowned Swiss graphic designer Max Huber, the museum offers inspiration to budding designers or established artists alike.  One of those "not-to-be-missed" type places.

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