getting to Carona
Following in Selina's footsteps, as it were ;)
This is the view north from the Principe Leopoldo terrace, with Mt Bré centre shot.
Looking east, with San Salvatore to the right
Looking southeast, with the halfway station of Pazzallo, where the Sesto was parked while they had dinner up above, sitting just above the spot where the ray of light falls at the right-hand side.
The halfway station, a bit blurry :/ I realised that with the timing of the trains, Bruce would have to get out of there pretty soon after Selina pretended to board the descending one, but they had time to talk between their arrival from the top and the arrival of the train from below.
Just messing around, photographing signs at the top :P
The rather indifferent Vetta restaurant - the outside terrace...
...and the covered terrace facing the other way, with neither of them having the best views. In the next pics I'll show where I imagine the restaurant.
View from the mountaintop over Bré and Lugano, again - from my fictional restaurant setting. See the difference in lake colour from last September's pics in the first picspam?
Same spot, looking east at Monte Generoso
Looking south, with the Carona road and Carona on the far hill on the right hand side
Carona centre stage
View of the mountaintop aka Ristorante San Salvatore ;) I deliberately did not crop the shaded portion below to show that there is enough room for 30-40 tables up there, though of course the ones closer to the edge have the best view - guess where our couple were sitting (right next to the shorter tree, I'd say ;) )
Same, seen sideways from another angle, looking north
The hamlet of Ciona, halfway between the San Sal mountaintop and Carona
Perhaps the least exciting picture - but a sight that made my pulse quicken. The irony is, I'd seen Carona from the lake and from the mountaintop but not from up close, and was not sure if it would live up to my fictional image.
The following four are two pairs of pics taken from the northern approaches to Carona as possible villa locations... until I found the perfect spot later.
Here we go, Carona at last. Jumping ahead, the villa is at about the spot of the Osservatorio Ca'Lina, the black circle with stars on it toward the bottom of the right hand side (the lake is to the right on the map)
The church square, at Carona's northern tip
a bit further into town
...and then I just went crazy on the pics. It is a typical Swiss-Italian alpine village, but I loved it as a location. Green, clean, with great views, and pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty ...despite the occasional shabby-chic ambience, or maybe because of it ;) It is the opposite of Gotham, of course, and really quiet, but as I say, with Milan just over half an hour away at the rate they'd be driving and with all the travels they are up to, these two won't have time to get bored.
Whoever lives next to this courtyard is obviously a big fan of railways. Not immediately relevant, but too charming not to include.
The central square
Same place, looking the other way 90 degrees...
...and looking back 180 degrees
Going toward the lake-facing slope - another one of the "slightly OT but too pretty" kind
Slightly wider focus, with the guesthouse behind and the mountains on the other side of the lake visible beyond
The Ca'Lina (or Casa Lina) is really an intriguing name for the observatory and guesthouse. I could just about imagine it standing for a sort of nickname version of Selina's name :P
...and the view from there is pretty stupendous (looking north again, San Sal to the left, Lugano straight ahead)
So if I really give in to a flight of fancy, I could claim that they bought this guesthouse 200 yards up the road from the villa (whose location I am getting to), basically as private guest quarters for visitors like Lucius so they can still have the villa to their underdressed and oversexed selves most of the time :P ...and named it in Selina's honour.
...and these are the grounds of the villa just under 200 yards further south down that road, along the lake-facing ridge.
...though I would imagine that
...and of course, the villa would look nothing like the RL version visible here.
Looking back once I had gone past it - it gets a perfect spot of evening sunshine even in early November, not to mention a great view over the lake
... and look who is greeting me on my way back to Carona centre ;)
This last bunch are views from a hillside park to the south of and slightly above Carona, looking north. San Salvatore is to the left, Lugano behind it, and Carona directly below, with the church tower marking its far (northern) end. The last three views are looking east across the lake.
Not tired of pictures yet? If not, see you in the next one :)