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May 12, 2015 - Last full day exploring Como

Leisurely got up this morning - well, I wad awake before the 7:30 church bells rang! We ate up the last of our eggs, Edie made a bread and orange run down the hill to the little store, and we had boiled eggs with toady & peanut butter. People before us left some supplies - peanut butter being one item. We will leave maybe olive oil. We walked to the tourist center to find out about bus schedule for going to Cenobbia, two towns up the lake. The young in there wasn't too helpful except directing us to the bus station. It was a short walk...

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May 11, 2015 - Boat ride on Lake Como and exploring Bellagio Italy

Had a leisure breakfast showered, and got ready for our boat ride on the ferry on Lake Como. We didn't have any hot water yesterday, told our neighbor, and Voila! I think the hot water heater was turned off. Anyway, Adriano came over to see if everything was ok. She was in Assisi when we came and the man we met when we came was her husband, Gigliola. She showed us where the iron and toaster was (hidden in dining room buffet). I also got online for train tickets. Adriano said they would take us to the train station and Gigliola would carry...

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May 10, 2015 - Funicular ride above Como

We took our time getting up. Washed clothes. After a breakfast of eggs, we headed to the funicular - a train that goes up steep inclines. It was very reasonable and the line wasn't long. It's already getting warm out. The ride up what'd an awesome. IWW. We went straight up almost. We heard there was a scenic overlook to the right after getting off.what a view overlooking Como, Tavernola, and Cernobbia. From there we walked the other direction. We met a lady on our walk to funicular who lived in Como and told us a couple places to stop that...

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Oct 2, 2014 - The Lombardy Lakes

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy chapter on Lombardy and the Lakes has to say: “Writers from Goethe and Stendhal to DH Lawrence and Hemingway have all lavished praise on the Italian lakes, but even their words scarcely express the lakes’ beauty. Elaborate villas attest to the roll call of celebrity visitors and residents that the lakes, which are ringed by snow-powdered mountains, have attracted over the centuries. Tourism, though, isn’t as prevalent around the lakes as you might expect. Many northern...

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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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