Published: October 5th 2010September 29th 2010
Had an awesome birthday in May when I headed to Lake Como with Jon and 13 other friends from London. It was only a weekend but it was a perfect amount of time. We stayed in fanatastic hotel in Bellagio, a short walk from the main town. We practically had a whole floor to ourselves and the views from every room looked straight over the lake. I had a miserable birthday the year before so I was determine to make this one great. Not wasting any time we walked down to the town and went straight for lunch in a cobble stoned alley way. Pizza and salad was all we needed and it was perfect. The 3am wake up call to catch the plane had taken it's toll so Jon and I settled straight into the italian tradition of an afternoon siesta.
In the evening we had reserved a large table at the restaurant at our hotel. We had a 3 course meal and they bought me a massive and delicious Gelato in a large glass to share with everyone. It was a great dinner that went on and on until the waiter closed the door and told us we could
stay for 1 more hour. Shots, wine and limencello made for an interesting night!
In the morning when I woke it was drizzling. The mist was heavy and the sky was grey. It was actually a really great thing to see and made me feel like curling up in bed all day. I can't remember exactly what order we did everything in but somehow we were able to eat fabulous food for breakfast lunch and dinner, explore the gardens and Villa Carlotta, take a full days drive around the lake, have apertetiff at a beach club and visit a wine bar just to finish off the night.
Firstly Lake Como is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy. It is the third largest lake in Italy.The lake has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and a very popular tourist attraction. It is famous for its numerous villas and palaces and many celebrities have or had homes on the shores of Lake Como, such as Matthew Bellamy, Madonna, George Clooney, Gianni Versace, Ronaldinho, Sylvester Stallone, Richard Branson, and Ben Spies. Lake Como is widely regarded as being one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy
and it certainly did not disappoint.
I most enjoyed the time we spent at Villa Carlotta. Villa Carlotta is a place of rare beauty, where masterpieces of nature and art live together in perfect harmony. The beautiful villa was built at the end of XVII century. The building faces the dolomite Grignas and the peninsula of Bellagio. I think the best part is the Italian garden decorated with sculptures, stairs and fountains. After searching the villa the funniest thing happened when Jon drove over a cemented garden bed and the car got stuck. The poor girls were in the back and locked in by the childs lock ha ha ha ha ha I don't think he will ever live it down!
We had some time on sunday morning to head to Bellagio town again and look at the shops and sample more food. I finally got close to George Clooney when I found his photo in a picture frame at the local glass making store lol. Better than nothing I was happy to say my George spotting was done.
That afternoon we ended up at a beach resort where I had booked a table for cocktail hour. It was raining
so the beach feel wasn't really there but when we arrived they had organised a stack of apperetiff and drinks for us which was just what we needed MORE EATING! But we couldn't be rude and shoved it all down with style..... of course. Rob was also celebrating his birthday so we had celebrations for him. The staff were lovely and nothing was too much trouble. We really enjoyed that relaxing time and let it continue as we made our way to a wine bar in the main street of Bellagio. We sat the rest of the night away drinking good red and being entertained by Jess and her antics with men! lol
I can't remember how we got back! Maybe someone else can fill that part in but the whole trip was fanatastic. Lake Como gets a tick from me and George did not let me down!
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