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Nov 23, 2012 - Lake Como

The next day we headed back to Italy. Mike had put the name of our hotel that we planned to stay in at Lake Cumo into the GPS. We kept climbing up the mountain with the roads getting narrower and the switchbacks getting more plentiful. Mike was frustrated as, when he talked to the hotel manager, he was assured that we had a lake view from our hotel room. We finally got there on a one-way street that we would generously call an alley in the states! Little did we know that there were two hotels with the same name, and Mike had punched in the...

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Oct 20, 2012 - Como

We woke to a beautiful fine day that was much warmer than it has been since we arrived. To make the most of the beautiful day we decided to catch the hydrofoil to the town of Como and investigate the old city walls we glimpsed when we arrived and to check out the weekly market. The hydrofoil was great, the slow boat takes 1.5 hours to get to Como we were there in 45 mins. Lovely trip comfortable, and of course the view was pretty good watching the little towns perched on the hills surrounding the lake. Como was very quiet when we arrived,...

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Sep 13, 2012 - Lake Como, Italy

We are on the train heading for Geneva to meet Lynette and Di for our barge trip in France. It's over 4 hours and a good time to do some writing.  We decided to spend our unscheduled time last week in Siena and Como. I'll cover Siena later. The city of Como is at the base of Lake Como which is located in northern Italy near the base of the Alps.  It is less than an hour north of Milan and a popular vacation spot for Italians, Swiss, and Germans.  You can definitely tell the different cultural influences.  Much more German here than we have...

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Sep 26, 2011 - Lake Como

We arrived in Como yesterday it was very busy as there was a festival on as well as speed boat racing so all the Italians were out in force. Today we spent nine hours cruising around the lake,we went up to Bellagio on the fast ferry and came back on the slow ferry visiting Leno,Menargio and having lunch at Varenna. We only covered half the lake but with the high mountains in the background and the Swiss influence it made for some spectacular scenery not to mention the lovely houses and hotels lining the shores of the lake. The little towns...

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Sep 21, 2011 - Day # 5 - Italian Lakes Tour officially begins

The tour bus took us halfway up Lake Como, then, we hopped on a boat to the town of Bellagio. Bellagio was spectacular!!! I had 5 hours to shop & wander around. It was beautiful & perfect with the exception that the sidewalk doubled as the main drive for the local traffic. You had to walk, look at the beautiful shops and dodge traffic all at the same time. I got lost just for the fun of it & discovered a beautiful cemetery almost a town away. Made it back to the port for the cruise around the lower lake. Took tons of pictures & saw the...

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Sep 20, 2011 - Day # 4 - Traveling to Lake Como

Made it to the bus stop by 8:30 am & got caught in morning rush hour. The bus was jam-packed & people were less than happy. Bought my ticket to Como & was on my way!!! Not bad for speaking almost no French & dealing with people who spoke very little English. * The trip down the French Coast was lovely. Next time I have to stay in the town called Menton. It’s peaceful & cozy, with little beachfront coves along the Mediterranean. Hit the Italian town called Ventimiglia where I had to switch trains. The ladies bathroom was straight out of the...

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Sep 20, 2011 - Como, Lake Como, Italy

Tuesday 20th September 2011 Weather:-24 degrees/Cool Breezes Another fine day saw us on the hydrofoil for a trip into the elegant town of Como. Skimming along the lake surface one of the first villages we went past was the village of Lenno and of course the Villa Balbianello (did I see James Bond recuperating under the oak tree? Maybe--we were a little too far away to be sure.) The whole trip on the hydrofoil took us about 40 minutes while the return journey taken on the slow boat took us a leisurely 1 ½ hours. Calling into the tourist...

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Jul 14, 2011 - Lake Como... and a pit stop in Switzerland!

Today, Serena and I took the train up to Lake Como. We originally had planned to go see Cinque Terre, but decided to go to Como instead because it is so easily accessible from Milano (just a 45min train ride) and we thought it would be much more unique. Serena’s relatives say Cinque Terre is beautiful, but is very similar in sights to Amalfi, and since we will be spending two whole weeks on the Amalfi Coast, we thought Como would be a better place to visit. Last night, Serena and I went out with Alessio and his friends again and didn’t get...

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Jun 19, 2011 - 20. Como rest days

Como rest day #1 After a fitful sleep I wake with the dreaded feeling in my tum. At least today is not a riding day so I can just take it easy. I have a heap of washing to do and have found where the laundromat is so will go there later today or tomorrow. I manage to have some breakfast at 8:00am, quite late for us. I then Skyped Maree and we had a long and pleasant chat. Later I walked up to see where the laundromat is, about 1km from the hotel, and to see how it all works. It was already full of our riders doing their washing. Seems...

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Jun 18, 2011 - 19. Grosio to Como

Day 35 Grosio to Como Today is it. Yes it is my 61st birthday and also the last day of the 'La Bella Italia' trip. We have 145 km ahead of us and a ferry trip across lake Como. After a pleasant stay at the hotel in Grosio we are all set to ride to Varenna on the shore of Lake Como where we will catch the ferry to Bellagio and then ride in a convoy down to Como for celebratory champagne in a park. At least that is the plan! All goes well to start with. After 8 km on the road we stop for a coffee and then pick up a bicycle route which avoids...

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Dec 4, 2010 - Exploring Como

Woke up this morning to an absolutely glorious day. The temp was still cold (about 3 degrees), but the skies were a clear blue, the sun was shining and no wind. A perfect day for some exploring. A slow walk along the lake ended with the by now obligatory cup of coffee. We then bought a couple of tickets to take a boat trip up the lake. I know it sounds real touristy, but it was worth it. The boat was a small wooden ferry (think old Hales ferries but much smaller)which slowly chugged up the lake, stopping at various small ports. As we went...

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Dec 4, 2010 - Exploring Como

Woke up this morning to an absolutely glorious day. The temp was still cold (about 3 degrees), but the skies were a clear blue, the sun was shining and no wind. A perfect day for some exploring. A slow walk along the lake ended with the by now obligatory cup of coffee. We then bought a couple of tickets to take a boat trip up the lake. I know it sounds real touristy, but it was worth it. The boat was a small wooden ferry (think old Hales ferries but much smaller)which slowly chugged up the lake, stopping at various small ports. As we went...

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