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Sep 17, 2017 - Grapes on the hillside at Orta San Giulio

Sept.17 Orta San Giulio , Isola San Giulio Sunny morning skies and a ring hike across the lake from us to see the views. We catch a little ferry to Pella and hike up the stone surfaced trails on Monte Pella. This is a bit of a mountain goat hike for part. We come out of the trail at the top and an older man is coming out of his gate. He sees us and calls out 'buongiorno!', then gestures us over and presents us each with a little bunch of purple grapes from his garden to try- so sweet! Then he takes us up to his property to see the stunning...

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Sep 16, 2017 - Funghi in the forest, the path to Lago d'Orta

Sept.16 Stresa to Orta San Giulio Almost sad to leave Stresa today and say arrivaderci to our lovely host Guiseppi. This dear 70-something fellow welcomed us like familia to his hotel, a simple old villa surrounded by gardens and fountain, with canaries and budgies in the parlour, chickens and a rooster in the back garden, joined at night in the coop by a pet crow Pipo who is called in at night by Guiseppi's wife and plays with the 2 elderly Jack Russell terriers. He works from sun-up to nightfall and says he is handcuffed to the place...

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