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Jun 30, 2018 - EOFY and end of EOFT (end of fantastic time) in Lecco

Last day in Lecco and I knew I had to pay a visit to Museo di Storia Naturale di Lecco, which features original 19th century display cases and animals stuffed by taxidermist and eventual curator Carlo Vercelloni. It was like nothing had changed; the museum is housed in the old palace Palazzo Belgioioso with peeling frescoes on the ceilings. Once again I was the only visitor and the enthusiastic staff/ volunteers were great characters, very friendly, with physical disabilities and we had a lovely chat despite not having a word of each...

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Jun 26, 2018 - "The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” ― Alexander Supertramp Chris McCandless The above quote is a mantra I often return to to motivate me to be less complacent and try new things; sometimes it's something as mundane as a new gym class or a dance, but recently it has been exploring landscapes that I may have been too scared to do on my own. But what if you are stationed in the one place for...

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Jun 25, 2018 - 'So it's an old bridge'

"The hotel was just by the bridge and lots of people came to take photos. It is quite a good bridge but nothing special." "This bridge is old, but is run down. The city started work on it, but left it in an unfinished state." "Looks just like a bridge" These are some of the Trip Advisor comments describing Ponte Azzone Visconti, an old bridge - so old in fact that it was built between 1336 and 1338. After now spending nearly a month in Lecco, I decided to find out more about this city's history and why Visconti and Manzoni references are...

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Jun 24, 2018 - Sons, daughters and painters

No matter where you travel, and even if you have limited common language, having children can give you a common bond with those you meet. This morning I sought my Italian host's assistance to help translate the text on a poster that has been all over town and after reading it again, today I guessed that it was advertising an exhibition about to finish today. My suspicions were confirmed with Marcella's translations: the Orlando Sorra exhibition closes today! No, I had never heard of him either but, prompted by the advertising, and the...

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Jun 23, 2018 - out for a stroll: Monte San Martino

Today was to be my 'catch-up' day, time out to respond to all those work emails and messages from family and have a rest before pondering the next 7 days I have left in Lecco. I had thought to alternate day trips with excursions as there are plenty of places to visit in North Italy that are only an hour or so away, and so very accessible with the affordable Italian public transport system. Seek out the imagined space where Romeo serenaded Juliet in Verona maybe? Or have a parma in Parma (couldn't resist, sorry)? After sitting down for an...

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Jun 21, 2018 - Don't look down: Campanile San Nicolò Lecco

In the company of relaxed Annie and Carol, we were off to a somewhat unhurried start to the day and a relaxed walk down to the main town. Despite the fact that they were only to spend 2.5 days in Lecco, Annie and Carol were not about to rush things. Carol and I took a chance with the Archaeology museum and found ourselves with three very friendly staff/ volunteers who gave us a range of English version brochures; once inside, and perusing the WWII themed propaganda posters and Nazi pictures, I started to think we were in the wrong place....

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Jun 20, 2018 - Back to Bellagio

When entertaining guests visiting Lecco, you can't let them go without doing at least one of the following: Funivia Piani d'Erna (the cable car up into the mountains) or a ferry ride along Lake Como. With guest Carol's vertigo, it was a clear decision. Skip the heights and go for the ferry ride. Although I had experienced the ferry between Varenna, Bellagio and Carbenabbia, I hadn't thought of taking one directly from Lecco. So up 'early' we were in time for the 10am departure. Although there weren't too many leaving during the day, this...

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Jun 8, 2018 - a Palace of Fears

With a melancholy that only comes when your daughter has moved 12,500 away, I spent the day on my own for the first time; thinking the best way to lose yourself is in either nature or art , I set off to another one of Lecco's museums, the Palazzo delle Paure (translates as Palace of Fears). Palace of Fears seems a strange name for what is their contemporary art space, but there is reason. Built in 1905, the building housed the offices of the Land Registry, taxes and duties where the Lecco went to pay taxes until 1964--hence the name: Palace...

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Jun 6, 2018 - Piani d'Erna and dinner with Lucia

As Sarah and Joe are only here for three days, it was important to factor in some must see/do activities and we had heard that The Piani d'Erna is spectacular. The area is a mountain resort located at 1375 m asl in the Lecco area , dominated by Mount Resegone and reached by a recently modernized cableway, which starts from Malnago, so Joe took the windy road up to the car-park and we did the cable car ride up, with our winter clothes on (weather was predicted to be a top of 16 up on the hill) and had a gorgeous day exploring the land. It...

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Jun 5, 2018 - Villa Manzoni and Resegoni

The famous literate Alessandro Manzoni mentions the mountain Resegone in its masterpiece The Betrothed “Resegone, from its long line of summits, which in truth give it the appearance of a saw”. And so appeared the striking mountains of Lecco which you can see from a great many angles once you are in the city. I will never tire of viewing these mountains. And speaking of Manzoni, I ventured out today to the museum Manzoni Villa; writing this retrospectively, I must have done this before Sarah and Joe arrived. It seems to be a pattern with...

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Jun 4, 2018 - Budapest to Lecco

It was time to say farewell to my lovely Budapest host, Maria. She kindly offered to hop on the bus with me to take me to the airport bus stop. As she is over 65 public transport is free - well that's one advantage of old(er) age! With my one trip bus ticket and airport bus ticket (350 and 900 Ft) that came to a total of just over $6AUD. It did mean experiencing the sardine treatment on the bus as more and more of us were forced on. Fortunately the man I was nearest didn't seem to mind that my suitcase was pressed against his body; it was a...

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