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Compiled by Caroline Thonger

Ticino Brief News


In this new section of the magazine, we include some of the clubs and venues available to expats in the Ticino.

Expat-Expo in March

It was a feast for the senses. From the ever-popular British Cheese Centre to My Expat Shop, with prosecco and canapés provided by the four-star hotel Villa Sassa. From a live Cambodianfusion cooking demonstration given by local chef Vesnuccia, to the Whisky Experience bringing a traditional Irish folk band. Dozens of children were kept happily occupied with a bouncy castle, balloon-sculpting and face-painting, provided by the 4Events gang. On the more serious side, political interests and financial groups offered their services. And a great collection of schools, churches, clubs and retail businesses gave a flavor of the broad range of enterprise now thriving in the Ticino.  Ed McGaugh

La Nave: B+B and Wellness Françoise Dully came to Ticino over 30 years ago, and fell in love with the beauty of Lake Lugano. She set up a successful business called Ondarte (www.ondarte. ch), or “the art of the wave”, teaching families to enjoy water and includes Watsu – shiatsu in the water. Her latest endeavour combines a B+B with a wellness centre. The four double bedrooms each have a private bathroom, and look over the green Swiss countryside to the Italian mountains opposite. Each bedroom is named after a flower with special curative properties. Downstairs,

aLLiDO by the lake

a sunlight-filled wellness space gives onto a flower-and-herb filled terrace and contains a hammam, sauna and massage room. On request Françoise will lead guests on a nature walk during which they will pick edible plants and flowers which will then be prepared into mouthwatering delicacies in the kitchen, for a joyous communal meal. Bed and Breakfast La Nave, Al Ronchetto, 6996 Ponte Cremenaga 091 995 20 84 / 076 218 65 41

Big Ben Club This lively club organizes coffee mornings, a lunch club, has a monthly event featuring a speaker plus dinner afterwards, as well as running a regular “Discover the Ticino” walk. Whenever possible they have outings to art exhibitions. Their president is Juliusz Komarnicki (whose wife Hanna’s book is reviewed on p. 55).

A Stunning Lakeside Restaurant aL LiDO is a restaurant and beach lounge right on the lakeside where you can relax, sit back and enjoy spectacular views of the Gulf of Lugano. The terrace becomes an outdoor lounge where you can enjoy the sunset with aperitifs, snacks and à la carte dinners. You can also organize your event or party in a


reserved area. When fine, the restaurant is open during the summer from Thursday to Saturday, 6:30pm to 1am. Ristorante Al Lido, Viale Castagnola 6, 6900 Lugano (091 971 55 00)

The Book Nook Since 1999, The Book Nook has been serving the English-speaking community in Ticino as its only lending library and used bookseller. It started as a community service project by the American Women’s Club of Ticino (AWCT), and is staffed entirely by volunteers. Annual library cards cost only CHF 25 per year, and free events include lectures, craft days, and reading hours for children.

All For Kids This online catalogue celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Started by an American mother wanting to provide her own kids with books and creative products in English, it has developed into an online shop with an extensive selection of games, crafts, science kits and more from the USA and the UK. The intent has always been to provide English-speaking families with products that are unique to the Swiss market, and to collaborate with schools and organizations that cater to the expat community.


Held for the first time in Lugano’s Palazzo dei Congressi, the event produced 60 exhibitors and an excellent turnout of over 1500 visitors from the English-speaking community of Ticino. As well as national sponsors, generous local support came from All for Kids, TASIS and Steimle & Partners.

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