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

Pisa, Italy

Give me a Pisa that

If you find yourself in Italy, Pisa is a must. Not just to see the tilt of the great free standing bell tower but for the atmosphere that surrounds it. The lawns are a mess of people trying push it over or hold it up for photographs. I went with a bunch of models trying to do the same thing, take a look.

Throwing shapes at Pisa

Throwing shapes at Pisa

Too embarrassed to do the 'Hold up' pose I opted for the 'cool lean'.  

Too embarrassed to do the 'Hold up' pose I opted for the 'cool lean'.  

Me and the models.  

Me and the models.  

 

Jxx

More from Italy here

Lake Como, Italy

Brienno

I was lucky enough to be chosen for the new look book for Italian brand 'Linea Clique'. It was shot on the Beautiful Lake Como, in Brienno, Laglio. Here's a few snaps from the day.

The view from the balcony at our base camp, Laglio, Italy.

The view from the balcony at our base camp, Laglio, Italy.

The small shipping port at Brienno.

The small shipping port at Brienno.

The sign at the tiny port of Brienno. 

The sign at the tiny port of Brienno. 

A steap hill leads to the old churches

A steap hill leads to the old churches

Doorway, Brienno. Everythings a bit worn and tatty in the area but it's all part of the rustic Italian feel.

Doorway, Brienno. Everythings a bit worn and tatty in the area but it's all part of the rustic Italian feel.

'Jan Riviera'.

'Jan Riviera'.

A custom built area for sunbathing, changing, and diving by the lake at Brienno, Italy.

A custom built area for sunbathing, changing, and diving by the lake at Brienno, Italy.

We ate delicious pasta from the local 'Pizza and Pub'

We ate delicious pasta from the local 'Pizza and Pub'

See what else I got up to in Italy

Jxx