Although Switzerland wasn't originally on our itinerary, our tour leader surprised us with a lunch stop in Lugano en route to Milan.
The trees along the promenade looked rather alien.
Save for the ubiquitous Swiss flags, Lugano felt like we were visiting yet another picturesque town in Italy. People were speaking in Italian everywhere around us. The landscape looked Italian. The food tasted Italian!
Lunch at The Spaghetti Store
Totally Italian, except we had to pay for the meal in Swiss Francs!
I could just sit on one of the many classic Swiss red benches stationed along the waterfont promenade and admire the view all day!