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Sicily, Stresa and Switzerland. When people ask us why we chose those locations, my husband says “we were up to the “S’s”. Well not exactly. Sicily was our major location, and for the last week of our trip I wanted something different, and a landlocked mountainous country seemed about as different from a Mediterranean island as you could get. And it definitely was, and not just in terms of weather and landscape. Stresa was a convenient transition. Ironically, the weather, which was the main reason we went to Switzerland after Sicily, was hotter in Switzerland, at least on a couple of days. Sicily was not that bad (in July). People at home in the US northeast said it was worse here. Only a couple of days in Sicily was it uncomfortably hot and humid, most of the time is was just nice and hot in the sun, but fine in the shade. We had AC in all our hotels and car. Our last two days in Switzerland they had an unusual heat wave and it was horrible.

We spent a total of 11 days in Sicily, flying into Palermo and out of Catania. After the first two days in Palermo (with a side trip to Cefalu) we rented a car and visited: Segesta; Erice (one night); Selinunte (one night); Agrigento (one night); the mountain towns of Polizzi Generoa, Geraci Siculo, and Sperlinga; the Baroque towns of Ragusa, Noto, and Caltagirone; Siracusa (3 nights) and Taormina (3 nights).

We then flew AirOne to Milan, train to Stresa for one night, then train on to Switzerland where we spent five nights in Interlaken. We did two days up into the Alps, one day visiting the towns and castles around Lake Thun, and one day we went to Bern and Murton. Then we spent two nights in Luzurn, one day I went to Zurich for a few hours.

I hope to get my photos on the web within the next week, but for now I'll just tell you about the places we went. I don't normally do trip reports, as I think my photos speak better than my words, but I found other people's trip reports so valuable when planning this one that I decided to do one. It will probably take a few days to get it all done.

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