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September 29th 2008
Published: September 29th 2008
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Its funny, isn't it, that when you ask someone the directions to the station they explain that its just around the corner, and not actually a kilometre away like you thought. Note: ask directions more frequently.
Our train trip was 4 hours but that did include quite a few stops. We arrived in Como at about 4 in the afternoon, giving us enough time to drag our battered suitcases (clack clack, you know the story by now) to our hotel and hit the town to see whats whats and where is where. Lake Como is almost in Switzerland, and the area around it has a distinctly alpine flavour. We were close to the waterfront and the small port so we walked a few kilometres along the shore admiring the picturesque views from several sides of the harbour that is the south-western end of the lake.
First chore for the morning was to secure our all-day tickets on the ferry service that runs the length of the lake. Then it was a rush to get the best seat on the boat for the morning run past the many little towns along the way to Bellagio, where we jumped off for a two hour stroll and lunch. It is certainly a beautiful place to while away a couple of hours.
The weather was wonderful as the photos show, but a tad cool sitting on the top aft deck at 9:00 in the morning.
After lunch we jumped back on the next ferry and headed for Collico at the northern end of the lake. There were more stunning mansions surrounded by manicured gardens along this leg of the journey as well, and yes we did see George Clooney's place, we're just not sure which one it was ! There are so many beatiful residences along the shores that you loose count after a while.
We sat in a sunny cafe in the middle of the piazza in Collico and had our afternoon vino while waiting for the high-speed cat that would wisk us back to Como before sunset.
It was one of the most enjoyable, relaxing days we have spent on this sometimes hectic tour of Italy. It was a wonderful way to wind down towards the end of our time here and give Dot a chance to prepare for the assault on the fashion houses of Milan, which is our next stop.
There are heaps of pics of the stunning views around the lake but our internet connection is sooooooo slow we can't upload any more. Sorry


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