After a long and bleak winter in New York and CIncinnati Claire and I went in search of the sun on the 3rd day of our Swiss adventure. We headed towards the Italian part of Switzerland where we were promised by both guide books and weather.com a mediterranian climate complete with sunshine and temperatures close to 60 (fahrenhiet).An added incentive for choosing our destination was the rumor we heard that George Clooney has a home in Lugano. Of course I knew that George was actually back in Cincinnati wrapping up shooting for "The Ides of March" so we were not likely to run into him. When we arrived we discovered cloudy chilly conditions. By the way when we first arrived in Switzerland we purchased an 8 day Swiss rail pass for 2 - it was the best deal and included 8 days of train, bus,some lifts and boat travel as well as admission to most museums and discounts to other attractions for around $640 francs. Bellinzona has 3 castles to visit - we went to 2 of them. We climbed tons of stairs that day and walked all over the charming beautiful town. As I am sure many of you experienced the first time you traveled to the old country - I was taken by how beautifully old everything was. I have decided that if age puts such a beautiful patina onto a place why not expect that for myself as I approach the half century mark? Maybe it is possible to age gracefully. After we wore ourselves out we got back on the train and went on to Lugano. This town is a more upscale resort type area with shopping and resteraunts (and George Clooney). It is a vertical city so we continued climbing. Here we walked , people watched and ate gelato. I photographed the most unusual artichokes I have ever seen. All in all we had a wonderful day of people watching and seeing the sights.