Monday, February 20, 2012

Magliaso Lakefront Walk

The lakeside community of Magliaso, Switzerland has a gorgeous lakefront walk that is heavily used by locals but completely off the tourist radar. Until the new Passeggiata between Agno and Magliaso is ready, the easiest way to get there is by Flippie.


The first stretch is a public lakeside terrace with a wall for me to sit on. The wall is just my size. There I was, soaking the mid-January warmth just two weeks before the first snow.


Suddenly, my doggy ears picked up a non-doggy sound.


I turned...


and there they were.


The whole schnaa about Swan Lake may seem romantic to you, but swans freak me out, because they think I'm a predator and they start hissing at me right away. Before they had a chance to hiss, I decided it was time to continue walking.


The trail continues away from the Magliaso terrace and right along the lakeshore, passing a sweet beach before leading into the forested area at the mouth of the Magliasina River. It was on that sweet beach that I saw them again. Not only had they followed me...


but they also had the nerve to hiss at me!


Later that day, I met my friend Barbara and told her all about the stalking swans.


Barbara said I should have barked at the swans, but I don't know about that. What do you think?


37 comments:

  1. You should have barked long and loud.....and stayed behind those rocks.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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    1. I did stay behind the rocks, but I didn't have the guts to bark at them...

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  2. Definitely a good idea to bark at them!!! The good news is that they didn't poop on you!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

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  3. roooo you need to be careful with swans - they have no sense of humour and their beaks are really sharp! *Waggy tail*

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  4. Another beautiful adventure for you. I don't know about barking at those swans. They can be nasty and they were bigger than you. Maybe bark and then run away really fast! LOL!

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    1. I have the feeling they would outrun me anyway...

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  5. Swans are pretty, but I agree they can be a little freaky. They hiss so loud and those long necks. Mom was chased by a nesting swan when she was a little girl and she said it was scary!

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  6. What an interesting life you have. I found your blog through Pet Blogs United and I've been poking around a bit. Your travel adventures fascinate me. I've only ever traveled with various people friends in cars, never a plane! I suppose if I wasn't a street dog and lived with a family of people I might have more opportunity for international travel. I did make it to Spain once, but that's only a few hours travel by car. Anyway, nice to make your acquaintance. If you ever come to Portugal on your travels, be sure to look me up. I can give you a guided tour of all the best garbage bins in my village. Now I'm off to read more about your adventures.
    Tchau-wow!

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    1. Dear Ruca,

      Very nice to meet you! I love your blog and your art.

      I would love a tour of the best garbage bins in your village!

      Keep on wagging,
      Tootsie

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  7. Woof! Woof! What a lovely place. Got some swans too in our park .. just love to watch them. Happy Monday Mischief! Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  8. SO this is my first time to read your blog. Lady and I are trying to expand our horizons. We live in India, so reding about your life is really fun! You get chased by swans and I get chased by cows, street dogs and monkeys! Love the photos!
    Licks,
    Marley

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    1. Dear Marley,

      It's so nice to meet you!
      Thank you for stopping by! You live a fascinating life.
      I'll be definitely reading your blog!

      Keep on wagging,
      Tootsie

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  9. Definitely don't bark at the swans. They're scary!

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  10. BARK Fur SURE... from WAAAAAY BACK, of course.

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  11. What a beautiful place for a walk! Swans freak me out a little. I think you were smart to keep walking.

    Your pal, Pip

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  12. Oh yes Bark, and bark loud.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  13. Swans are pretty, but they are not very friendly! You did the right thing :) Loved the last pic particularly x

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  14. Swans are beautiful, but seriously mean!
    Dachshund Nola

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  15. Don't bother barking. They're not worth getting upset over ;)

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  16. Hey Buddy,

    Maybe you should have barked at them to see if they wanted to play? Tee Hee

    Have fun,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

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    1. Snoopy...I did not want to play with them! They freak me out!!!

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  17. YOU are just the cutest Dachshund! Such beautiful pictures of a beautiful sweetheart. Thank you so much for stopping by our blog today. We are following you now so we can keep in touch!
    Take care,
    Holly & Phoebe

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    1. Dear Holly and Phoebe,

      Thank you so much for your sweet note! I'm so glad you like my pictures!

      Keep on wagging,
      Tootsie

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  18. you should have definately barked and maybe charged at them to show them who's boss. that's what we do anytime we see birds, they look so tasty, and us dogs just got to show them they are a meal to us. :)

    yuki and rocket

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    1. Well...they're technically birds, but they are bigger than me, and they freak me out!

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  19. That looks like a fun place to walk! The swans don't look so fun. I once barked at and charged a bunch of ducks and they swam off, I bet if you barked at those ole swans they'd swim off! But be careful and don't get too close....

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