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Campione d'Italia Visit: 2010-8
2010-08-25 - I visited Campione d'Italia on 12-8-2010. I arrived (from Zurich) in Lugano just in time to catch the 13-15 ferry. That cost 19.2 francs return and I was told that I could return either by ferry or by bus.

To my surprise, after the first expected stop (Paradiso) the ferry arrived at a succession of unknown places. Eventually I found a pamphlet aboard (in Italian) and managed to determine that I was cruising around the lake.

That took an hour and a quarter and was definitely good value. Campione itself did not greatly appeal, particularly when it became clear that I was not likely to get a ferry back. It may be that the one I caught is the only boat to Campione for the day.

Finding the bus stop was not easy because nobody spoke English (not well even in the casino). But it is just the far side of the tunnel by the casino. Or the bus will stop at the ferry terminal. I managed to miss the sign, but it is about 5 yards in the direction away from the casino. The casino itself is a blot on the landscape, very hard to miss.

The bus came early (welcome because of threatening rain) but left a little late. The lake cruise made the visit well worthwhile.




Shikoku Region Visit: 2009-3
2009-10-13 - I'm writing this partly because I don't think the website makes it clear what the regions of Japan are. Essentially, Shikoku is the island across the Inland Sea from Honshu.

I got there by a fairly arduous day trip from a cruise ship in Osaka for the day (Tuesday 31-3-2009). Metro to Shin Osaka (including one change), Shinkansen to Okayama (still on Honshu) then Marine Express to Takamatsu on Shikoku.

The best of it is the series of bridges over the Inland Sea. A bit over 10 km of bridge and it feels like one long bridge. Great views but fleeting because there is a great deal of bridgework in the way. I'll try to sort out a decent shot to add to this at some future date. Also possibly one or two of Takamatsu which is a pleasant city in a great location.

I didn't have time to try for any variation in route on the way back. If I get the chance I'll take a few days and explore the island and especially walk onto the bridges for photos. I saw lots of ferries and longed to explore further on them.

For the other regions of Japan, look up the Wikipedia article on same and also the Wikipedia map. For starters; Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Osaka and Tokyo are each in different regions. (Kyushu, Chugoku, Kansai and Kanto.)

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