July 20, 2012

Hanging Out in the Castles of Bellinzona

On our way from Lucerne to Lugano, Switzerland, we stumbled upon the three castles of Bellinzona.  Before this surprise, I was literally dreaming in my head, of a vacation to save for a later date - visiting castles around the world.  So woah.  Let's just say I was beyond excited when I saw these in the sky from the road.  I begged Husband for a detour, and fortunately, he agreed, and we were able to explore two out of the three castles.  I'm kicking myself in the butt for not seeing the third and grandest castle of them all, Castlegrande, but I took what I could get.  Out of everything I saw on the trip, these castles were one of my favorite things.  To me, it was so magical, and unexpected, which is the best part.  I mean, how often are you driving on the road, and come across castles?  Never, where I'm from.   So this was a serious treat for me.  
The day couldn't have been more beautiful.  It was warm, but there was a slight breeze in the air that danced with the tall grass, sprinkled with flowers.  As I walked up the windy steps of the watch towers, peered out the windows, felt the grooves of the stone, and laid in the grass watching a little boy fly his kite, I dreamed of a life in a far away world.  I placed myself there and tried to imagine what it must have been like back then; what it must have looked like.  I wished I had more time.  I wished I could be queen.  But, then we jumped in our 21st century car, hit the paved roads, and traveled on to our next destination.   


Stesha said...

KATIE, you are a princess! this all sounds so magical!


Anne said...

I will never tire of seeing all these beautiful vacation photos! Keep them coming!

Claire said...

Katie, I have been following your blog for a while - and I love it! I love your posts about Switzerland - I am a South African now living in Lausanne, Switzerland. So glad you got to experience this great place!

Rachel Lynne said...

These are amazing photos!!!!! I love the one of you laying in the grass with the castle in the background, so pretty! :)


Morg said...
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Morg said...

What gorgeous pictures!! They're making me want to pack up and go back to green, beautiful Switzerland...


prettipenny said...

These pictures are incredible, I gasped at the archway photo.

octoberchic.com said...

Beautiful pictures! Looks like so much fun.


Rachael {all things beautiful} said...

Absolutely stunning pictures!! How amazing that you 'stumbled' across a few castles. What a wonderful surprise!

Lyndsay said...

These pictures are so beautiful. Wouldn't it be nice to happen upon castles on a regular basis?

oleah said...

really love the pictures.


Perpetuity said...

I'd absolutely love to visit these castles! So pretty and amazing to look at how people lived!!

Flipside Fashion said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed following for travels in Europe. I had lived there fro 3 months studying abroad in college & didn't get to do near enough. Funny question: but would you happen to have a travel itinerary of this trip for some of us followers that would love to do the same?! That's the hardest part in prep to go.


Luli said...

Wow. I love the castles. I'm so glad you stopped to check two of them out. What an adventure.

Melanie Liliana said...

Amazing photos! Beautiful castles!


Rachael said...

Wow, that is such beautiful scenery! And a beautiful castle as well. Switzerland always looks so beautiful to me.

Tereza said...

stunning images, what a beautiful place to visit!

Meagan Murtagh said...

um, i need a castle.

xo the egg out west.

brandonlk said...

I've been to Lugano and Bellizona and they are both breathtaking.

Katie's Bliss said...

Wow that really does sound magical! I'm so jealous of your trip! I plan on showing my bf all of your posts. One day I would love to do a Eurotrip with him just like you and your husband. :)

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Nikki said...

Sounds like a dream! I LOVE Germany, Switserland and Austria for their castles and vally's :) You made beautiful photos :) Can't wait to read more about your European tour! w

Kaisa said...

Woww, you're pictures are amazing!

Chelsea said...

That's what I adore about Europe - so much history, so many unexpected and magical things around every corner! Sounds like you had a lovely time!


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chocolatefashioncoffee said...

what an amazing place :)


Olivia Irwin said...

I just discovered your blog and am already in love with it!

Chic Coastal Living said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos! You are such a wonderful photographer! Can I ask you where you got your simple t-shirt from? I need one for an upcoming roadtrip. Thanks!

Caroline said...

Very idyllic and picturesque... Can't imagine a lovelier place!

Sarah Tucker said...

oh my i love bellinzona. and yes, the castles are everywhere! we devoted a little swiss trip to castle hunting and it was amazing how many we could find just all stacked up next to each other. thankful they preserved them so well!

Anonymous said...

OMG these pictures are amazing!

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