Our last full day here; it's an early start tomorrow as we go on our 3 train journeys to get to Prato. We took the funicular nice and early (9ish am - not crowded) to get to the town of Brunate. After a morning coffee and croissant, we walked up to the lookout via wooded and off the beaten track paths. The view was well worth it as it was a gloriously sunny mornng and we also climbed the lookout (another 143steps). After a quick dash back to the hotel we decided to take the fast boat to Menaggio. As it is now Septenber 4 (the tourist hoards have magically thinned) and because the town is really not as popular as Bellaggio across the water, it was very peaceful and pleasant. We followed up a tip in the Rough Guide to the Italian Lakes and had lunch at Pizzeria Lugano. My pizza was very good, Mark's lake fish nice and we loved our desserts and coffee too. A walk around the old ramparts of the former castle and along the lakefront completed the afternoon and we bought very tasty salami (donkey, boar and pig) from a market. Tonight we will go
back for another porcini risotto from Hosterietta where we ate last night. It's nearby and the risotto was delicious. We are familiar with Como and it's lovely villages and will be a little sad to leave. Each stage of our trip so far has been filled with great vistas, fantastic walking and good food. We have also had passing encounters with lovely people at bus stops, restaurants tables or while waiting to catch ferries. Now, the last week looms... I am getting that sinking "I don't want this to end" kind of feeling!
RP was born a long time ago and was much loved by her family. When she had finished schooling, she travelled to the land of her ancestors, Italy, and fell in love. Not with a person, but rather with the surreal experience of arriving in a place she had never been before and feeling like she had never left. She spent a year in that land and then went back to Oz where she started working. Eventually she married and had three children. Her children have all grown up now, and some have started doing their own travelling. In recent times, RP has returned to Europe and discovered other places she no... full info