Sunday, October 23, 2016
Melanie and I woke up around 7:00am and then headed to breakfast with Maman and Papa at 8:00am. I chose a coffee and croissant with Nutella. Then we loaded in the car and headed to Pilatus!! WOAH! Mt. Pilatus is a mountain that can only be reached by cable car or train. We took the super steep train that climbs at a 48% incline! At the top, we could see everything! Since it was kind of cloudy, Papa told me you can normally see farther, but I was still in awe! From the viewing platform, I could see the Swiss Alps, the Prealps, and the Plateau of Switzerland! Papa and I also discovered a tunnel for another really cool view! We each broke an icicle from the cave/tunnel and enjoyed a quick refreshing drink. After I visited the gift shop, we headed back to the train. We came right at the perfect time and were given our own private train ride down the mountain! It was so much fun to be able to stand up, take pictures, and live up the luxuries of a private train. On the way to Lugano, we passed through an extremely long tunnel! It is 17 kilometers and took almost 14 minutes to pass through!! Inside the tunnel, the temperature reached 33 degrees (Celcius)!! Once we arrived in Lugano, we went to a huge outlet! It was actually quite similar to an American mall, even the prices were similar. I found the same shoes I almost bought in Sion for half the price in Lugano! I also bought ski socks, ski gloves, and a yellow cable knit hat since it is almost time for ski season! Once we finished shopping, we headed back to the hotel to chill out. I loved just relaxing in the room! Around 7:00pm, Papa and I headed out in search of sandwiches, but instead we found an amazing Italian restaurant. I was amazed at how everything was in Italian! I love that we can drive 2 hours and everyone speaks a different language and has a different culture. Since we were in the Italian part, I ordered tortellini and Papa had minestrone soup! Papa taught me a few Italian phrases, and then we headed back to the hotel to prepare for Day 3 of Melanie’s 16th Brithday Weekend!