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Switzerland Naked? Try the Appenzell Ausserrhoden

By now, the observant among you will have noticed that the teeny-weeny Swiss canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden has, in response to a bevy of body-loving German trekkers moving through the canton with unbridled nether bits, recently levied fines for naked hiking.

Boo to them. But what you may not know, or be able to pronounce, the adjacent and slightly larger canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden has, to my knowlege, not levied such fines.

Perhaps you are adverse to the human body being allowed unswathed into the stark woodiness of Switzerland. I’ve heard Puritanism is alive and well in some places. But we’re talking Switzerland here. These people are known for their high-quality pocket knives. Sure, I know, if you’re buck nekid there’s no pocket in which to place one, but that’s beside the point I was going to make. See, just about every knife the Swiss make has a corkscrew embedded between its red plastic handle. Ergo, the Swiss must be a fun loving people who enjoy a little wine-induced hedonism from time to time. No?

Haus Aeschlimann - Switzerland Vacation Rental

Haus Aeschlimann - Switzerland Vacation Rental

Well, naked or not, this little part of Switzerland is a veritable Eden. Mountains, lakes, virgin florests and the like provide the “ahhh” factor. Hey, weren’t folks naked in Eden?

So, maybe rent a house in Appenzell Ausserrhoden somewhere. How about renting the cute little place in the picture on the right? It’s called Haus Aeschlimann and it’s located in the village of Walzenhausen, which is also referred to as the “balcony above the Bodensee.” Nice.  It’s close to the town of St. Gallen, which is a great little town to visit (see the Abbey library, the world’s oldest, and notice all the ornate oriel windows).

And it’s on the edge of a vast woods. Go ahead. Shuck them clothes. You’re only on the balcony above the Bodensee after all. Who’s gonna see?

Lugano: Refuge for Political Blogger Beppe Grillo

Hey, where can you go these days to escape the assault on political criticism that governments seem to think is conducive to freedom and democracy?

I have no idea.

Blogger and the Italian government’s biggest critic Beppe Grillo has purchased a house in Switzerland’s Ticino region (where Italian is spoken) to try to avoid pending legislation looking to restrict or censor blogs, which would have to be registered with the Italian government in order for the blogger to avoid prison. Good deal, eh?

Lake Lugano seen from Villa Camélia, a Lugano vacation rental

Lake Lugano seen from Villa Camélia, a Lugano vacation rental

So what the heck, it’s a nice place this Ticino. I’d head for where Grillo did, around Lugano. I mean, look at that view from Villa Camélia, a spectacularly situated vacation home. This place has some privacy, and it’s in Switzerland, so you can probably have some fun, or at least some chocolate.

You could also blog to your heart’s content, evidently. And when you wanted to go to Italy, it’s only a short drive. If you drink mineral water with your meals, you’ll want to make that drive frequently. You wouldn’t believe what bottled water costs in Switzerland. I’ll give you a hint: it’s more than most bottles of wine in an Italian supermarket.

Have fun in Switzerland. If it’s good enough for Beppe Grillo, it’s good enough for me.

Switzerland Vacations: Try the Ticino

The Ticino is the part of Switzerland that’s near Italy. In fact, it’s the part that pushes into Italy, like a wedge. You can actually speak Italian there, and the cuisine if full of Italian influences.

Why visit this part of Switzerland? Well, you still have the mountains, the mountain bike and hiking trails, the fresh air, the alpine meadows, the stunning scenery and all that. Then you have Italian and Swiss food to look forward to after.

And why rent an apartment here? Well, food in restaurants can be really expensive in Switzerland. If you had your own kitchen, you’d save big on food, and you’ll probably save on the rooms as well.

Haus Sacha is a rustic home in the north Ticino, in Olivone, or “big olive.” Olivone pass is one of the most beautiful in Switzerland. You can rent Haus Sacha for a song. Well, for less than €100 a night anyway, way less.

Casa Leula I, Ticino Switzerland Vacation Rental

Casa Leula I, Ticino Switzerland Vacation Rental

But the prize for scenery might be held by Casa Leula over there on the left. You’re 500 m from the lake. You’ve got your snow topped mountains to look at as you twirl your spaghetti around your fork on the terrace of your love palace.

Casa Leula is in Ronco Sopra Ascona in the south Ticino near Locarno. Shoot, if you need stuff, you can practically drive into Italy to buy it. Like, say, mineral water, which is about a tenth the cost in Italy as it is in Switzerland. I don’t know why that is, but it is.

The per day cost of this apartment is less than most hotels. You can spread out your stuff as you want. You can have your wine out on the terrace of your own place; you don’t have to dress up or get in the car to drive home after.

The Ticino is a great place for active touring. The hills around Bellinzona are home to three castles you can poke around in. You can go to Locarno and watch the beautiful people. Think about it. Switzerland without the heavy hotel and restaurant charges. Your friends will envy you.


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