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Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Lecco December 19th 2017

The Man in the Middle likes a good lake. He still sings the virtues of the Lake Ohrid trip to Macedonia. The weather helped, as did the price of a potential holiday home. Living the good life - with Elvis as a sailing buddy. He was therefore keen as mustard to sample the delights of Lake Como, when it was thrown into the equation as a possibility for our last day of the Milan trip. The driving rain of Monday and the snow of Sunday had gone and there were better prospects for the weather. It would have been pointless to head north to the lake expecting to see a view in the pouring rain. We were up early, checked out, bags stored and at Porto Garibaldi Station before 9. We interrogated our preferred ticket machine ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Bergamo December 17th 2017

The snow of Sunday had turned to heavy rain. We walked swiftly to the metro to keep dry and set sail for Bergamo. Napoleon would have had no bother flooding the Arena Civica today - it was that wet. We were getting to be regulars at Porto Garibaldi railway station and headed upstairs to the main ticket office area, where we knew there were a vast array of train ticket machines to choose from. We bought our single tickets to Bergamo for 5.50 Euros. Despite the slight delay in venturing to the upper area of the station to get the tickets, we still managed to catch the regional express. The train was delayed marginally and the platform inexplicably changed about 2 minutes before departure. The passengers rapidly relocated to avoid disappointment - queue lots of similar ... read more
La Citta Alta
Citta Bassa - Lower City

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Monza December 14th 2017

Monza is synonymous with Formula 1. A mere 12 kilometres from downtown Milan, every summer the masses descend for the Italian Grand Prix. The lure of Lewis Hamilton and an afternoon with ear plugs in wasn't on offer on a cold December morning. The plan for the morning was already in disarray. The local Government offices at the Place of Lombardy let you ascend to the top of their tower for a panoramic view for free. Well, most Sundays they do ..... but not today. A small notice affixed to the door basically said closed because it was a Bank Holiday the previous Friday. We looked skyward. The tower was crossed off the agenda and we walked down to Porta Garibaldi railway station. The whole local area is being developed. Out with old and in with ... read more
Monza Old Town Hall
Lion Bridge, Monza

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan December 13th 2017

I put forward a series of options to the Man in the Middle. As always, there is a wild card. He often likes the wild card. The prospect of a trip to the San Siro loomed. The Queen of the East Midlands is now well used to groups of Italians paying homage. Juventus fans make much of their famous black and white stripes - stripes inspired by and borrowed from the Meadow Lane gang. They even chose the said NG2 residents to play in their centenary match. Champions of Serie A versus a sub standard Football League team - and the cannon fodder guests even had the audacity to pinch a late equaliser. However, the more plentiful recent visitors have been from Milan. A C Milan to be precise. A local Mansfield Road lad left his ... read more
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
San Siro

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan October 16th 2017

Early morning, left hotel at 8am, trains to Verona very expensive at this time of morning so decided to have breakfast here and get a later train OMG the size of the coffee's thought they were samples didn't realise we were being charged. Arrived in Verona just after 1not a bad train journey, Tonight we're staying in a airb&b, after trying a few wrong doors we finally found the right on, top floor of an apartment block, quite nice and we get the whole place to ourselves, we basically dumped our bags and went exploring, once you get to the centre what a brilliant place after Milan more what I expect from Italy. We had a walk round The Cathedral complex and then went into The Arena Amphitheatre. After a lovely Cannelloni (was nice) we went ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan October 15th 2017

Early start to Manchester airport for flight to Milan, good flight chatting to lots of nice people, one man and his son were on there way there for one night to see the Milan football match. About a 25 minute bus journey into the city and then a 20 minute walk to hotel, literally dumped our bags and went site seeing. Found the Duomo what a beautiful building can never understand how they could build buildings like that all those years ago without the machines we have now and yet today it takes us months to build a big standard house????? Walked round the square there had been a charity run on for cancer so lots of ladies in pink t shirts. Stopped for ..... quess what???? Pizza! Was really nice then just wondered through the ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Como October 14th 2017

had a really good nights sleep in Turin BNB after a great dinner of pasta in a local hotel cheapest meal yet 23 euros for wine and pasta and bread and fizzy water finished with a panacotta and a tiramasu and a 15 min walk back to our room, no wonder we slept well. we drove down the narrow windy road to the Po river which has parks down it's banks and many people running or walking it is the most beutifull river we have seen in Italy but we dont't have timeto sit and admire it so we filled up with deisel for the first time 53 euros and headed for Lake Como 2 hrs away, at one stage the road ran alongside the railway line and it was amazing to see the trains wizz ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Lake Maggiore October 1st 2017

About 10 years ago Dax told me he was going to take me to Rome as a birthday present, I waited and waited and the trip never actually happened. It became a bit of a joke with me complaining that he never actually had taken me to Rome and him laughing about it (although I was very hurt!). Fast forward 10 years and I have finally made it to Italy for my birthday! Not to Rome, but Italy none the less! This is actually a double celebration as both my mum and I are celebrating 'big ones' this year. My mum is not a big traveller but she didn't have much choice on this as she didn't know we were all going to Italy until the previous evening! Fortunately, she was happy about going there and ... read more
Lago Maggiore
Lago Maggiore
View from our window

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Lake Maggiore September 29th 2017

Hello again everyone, Today we did a 30min. hike to Bieno a small village near the appartment we are staying at. Bieno is quite small and typical Italian. We tried to drive there but we could not get in, as our car was too large. I can tell you for sure that no tourists come there, but we think it gives you a flavor of what the real Italy is like. We leave here on Sunday to take our lease car to Milano. We will stay one night and rent another car to go to Venice. We will be there 4 days before leaving for Israel. We have had 8 days here in a peaceful and beautiful apartment. Very relaxing. Getting for the last leg of our trip hope you like the pictures as ever Lowell ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Varenna September 29th 2017

Although most visitors to Italy concentrate on only the more popular venues and cities, we’ve discovered that northern Italy has so much more to offer than we possibly could have realized. In our fourth and final week in this most enriched and culinary blessed part of the country, we came upon a grand lake, a walled city and the “New York” of Italy. To make this part of the journey even more pleasurable, we were joined by our good friend Michael, who traveled with us through Myanmar several years back and now makes his home in Paris. Put natural beauty, great cuisine, historic venues and Michael together, and you’ve got the makings of grand adventure……and it was. Varenna Our continuing affair with train travel brought us to the shores of Lake Como and the small town ... read more
Surreal Lake Como
Duomo di Milano
Lake Como seaside towns

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