It was grey and rubbish that day in Bellinzona. The missus and I hiked around the hills inspecting castles and vineyards, typical rich-whitey behaviour. She talked about how alcohol is the cement for all western relationships. I had no rebuke. Where is Bellinzona? The town lies east of the Ticino river,…

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Had the pleasure of frequenting Geneva not too long ago with the missus. We trained it down from Zug and spent the night at Hotel Longemalle. For some reason or other, I remember being distinctly chagrined about a recent email exchange with my Editor. I took this dour mood with…

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Lucerne is typically Swiss, with grandiose apartment blocks, all painted in bright nonsensical hues like the suburban houses from Edward Scissorhands. It’s expensive, it’s graffiti lead once you head out beyond the railway lines. The mountain Pilatus permeates the horizon, on a clear day the mountain offers a panoramic view of…

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Official Description provided by the hotel. Traditional cosy Swiss hotel with a lot of charm and atmosphere and only 20 meters from the hotel is the new Blumental Chalet. All rooms with shower and WC, cable TV, Radio, safe, hairdryer, free WIFI and sitting Corner. Well known for fine food…

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‘Do you mean it?’ – Tracy, On her Majesty’s Secret Service The long corridors beneath the Alpine Room were lined with Bond posters, chronologically, the good ones. The cartoon ones. It then eddies through the Daltons, Brosnins’, finally coming to a pitiful stop with a solitary shot of Daniel Craig wearing a…

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Piz Gloria is Schilthorn. Piz Gloria wasn’t actually a thing until Fleming made it a thing. The revolving restaurant that was in the process of being built in 68’ scouted by Hubert Fröhlich for the upcoming celluloid Bond, On her Majesty’s Secret Service. It ran out of ideas and money,…

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“Just a slight stiffness coming on.” Bond, On her Majesty’s Secret Service Stepping off the train at Lauterbrunnen, the valley before the ascent to Murren, base camp to Piz Gloria, home of the newly commercially coined ‘Bond World’ you’re hit with an indistinguishable smell of cow shit. Lauterbrunnen still 2612…

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Hotel Lowen am See Zug is rated #4 out of 8 hotels on TripAdvisor. The missus and I check in there a week or so back and here’s a match report. ABOUT: The four-star hotel and brasserie is conveniently situated in Zug’s quiet historic center, on the shore of Lake…

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‘Why settle for a peak Daniel when you can see everything from Look-Out Mountain.‘ – Hot Rod, Transformers The Movie. ‘Shall I have a picture with my face in it?‘ I ask Annie, who has kindly agreed to be my photographer at 7am in the morning. ‘No your face tells…

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‘And she’s got a great ASSSS! And you got your head, all the way up it!‘ Lt. Vincent Hanna, Heat. This park bench became my momentary eyrie, a thankful respite from a 45 minute hike up the Morcote hills on the northern part of Lake Lugano. Walking in the wake…

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