by Linda Kaye
San Antonio, Texas
November 13, 2000
Beautiful 'big-band' hits were playing on the loud speaker interrupted occasionally for a recorded mini-tour of the small Venetian-type towns we were passing given in four languages, Italian, French, German and English. The messages told about the history of each village, famous past residents and modern day utilization. The Village of Gandria, for instance, does not allow any cars as there are no roads 'Have boat-will travel.'
The lake stretches for many miles each side of Lugano and enters into Italy on the southern leg. Just as you leave one village and cannot imagine anything more beautiful, you come across the next village, which proves that theory to be wrong.
The boat was large enough for everyone on board to find a comfortable area, including bench-type seats on the upper decks or in the full-service restaurant below.
From journal 24 hours in Paradise