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Published: October 16th 2014
PLV's Pretty Little Villages
There are so many pretty little villages along the highway. There are grape fields terraced along the hills everywhere.
Today we are going to Como. We passed through Como on the way into Switzerland going to Lugano, but today we were going to return because the city is small, lots of shops and beautiful views.
It seems as this entire trip, as someone commented, is eating our way across Europe. The other thing I might point out i s, while that might be the way I write, the other side of that coin is I feel like I've walked across Europe. Walking, climbing up stairs, going down stairs and more walking has been the active part of every day, except the days we hold a bus seat down for 8 to 10 hours moving around Italy and into Switzerland.
The food has been great. Except for one place, every place we have eaten has been delightful. The lunch and dinner on our own concept has worked out well. The only bad meal was the one provided by the Tour company. I think the score from the members of our group was 0-24, good-bad.
Italy is not known for it's great beer, but rather wine, and I think we have tasted wine from all the local regions, which
The plaza on the shore of the lake by the Duomo.
Back in the late 1700's this was a dock for boats. The water would have been over the place where we are standing. They needed space, so they filled it in, and put in Gucci and other stores. It is a very popular place.
has been delightful. I've also tasted the beer, but they don't have microbreweries around, so you get what is brewed in the region, mostly light ales.
We walked around Como with a delightful tour guide, Beatrice, that knew the area. She was pleasant, easy to understand, and could understand us and answer questions when we had them.
After her time was over, around lunch, we decided to take a cable car to the top of the mountain, to check out the shops, have lunch, and then come back down. We were in Como from 10 until 4.
A wonderful day, pretty views, and even could see the top of one of the snow covered Swiss Alps peeking though the top of the clouds in the distance. If the day would have been a clear dry day, the view would have been perfect. But you enjoy what you are given, especially when it is so breathtaking.
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