Ascona, Switzerland

How are we all in Switzerland?!  

It it was my second night in Milan when I got a shout from my pal Olan Clarke of Algorithm Productions. He'd been working on an event for the 'Electronic Art Foundation' based in Switzerland, which was held in the whopping five star 'Hotel Castello Del Sole' in Ascona. Himself and his production crew, and entertainment for the event,  Mmoths and Talos were all down there. When I was asked to ''shtall down if I was knocking around'', I absolutley jumped at the chance. 

I took the train from Milan Centrale, it took the scenic route through the mountains and by the laskes. Two and a half hours, two changes and €28 euro later I arrived in Switzerland.

The view from the train from Milan to  Lacarno

The view from the train from Milan to  Lacarno

Soon enough, I was making my way up the stunning driveway of 'Hotel Castello Del Sole'.

 

 T he driveway at Hotel Castello Del Sole

 The driveway at Hotel Castello Del Sole

 

I threw my bag in a room and followed Sam Mulcahy who was manning the Quadcopter filming around an art installation called 'Fog Sound Environment' by Edwin Van Der Heide'. It acts as a walkway that shoots out a fine mist of water to create a fog.  

'Fog Sound Environment' by Edwin Van Der Heide  

'Fog Sound Environment' by Edwin Van Der Heide  

Here's a snap of me on the walkway.  

Picture by Jéré DuBois  

Picture by Jéré DuBois  

The dress code was 'Dressy/Casual'. I wore this pale pink backless dress from Zara. I paired it with a watch from the Ansley Watch Company, fitting that it's both Swiss in design and an Irish Company! A Michael Kors Bronze Clutch with Gold chain and gladiator style platform sandals from Penny's.

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Anseley 'Sailor Series Rose Gold' Watch  

Anseley 'Sailor Series Rose Gold' Watch  

Every view from every angle of the hotel was stunning.

The prettiest window with the prettiest view

The prettiest window with the prettiest view

The bar, complete with a white grand piano.

The bar at Hotel Castello Del Sole

The bar at Hotel Castello Del Sole

There were so many lamps shaped like pineapples, I was in heaven.

Pineapple lamps at Hotel Castello Del Sole  

Pineapple lamps at Hotel Castello Del Sole  

After the cleanup from the storm everything was back on track. We moved outside to see Irish acts Talos and Mmoths. They played on the lake in front of a water fountain screen which 'Slipdraft' then projected visuals onto. 

Mmoths playing at The Electronic Art Foundation  

Mmoths playing at The Electronic Art Foundation  

Visual art projected on to a water screen at the Electronic Art Foundation pic by Jéré DuBois  

Visual art projected on to a water screen at the Electronic Art Foundation pic by Jéré DuBois  

After the music we moved inside and drank in the bar. A few hours passed and it was naturally time to head back down to the lake. It was drunk O'clock and it was time for a swim.

Early morning swimming on Lake Maggiore, Ascona

Early morning swimming on Lake Maggiore, Ascona

Swimming by the bandstand at Lake Maggiore, Ascona

Swimming by the bandstand at Lake Maggiore, Ascona

I woke up to the most spectacular view. There were strawberries and croissants at my bedside table, the bed was outrageously comfy and the sun was shinning. Time for a reality check. 

The view from the bed at Hotel Castello Del Sole  

The view from the bed at Hotel Castello Del Sole  

Have a look at the Ansley Watch Company's collection here

More from Switzerland here

 

Jxx