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Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Stresa July 31st 2019

Our last full day in Stresa. After breakfast, we headed out to walk to Belgirate, along the coast. The journey started off brilliantly striding out along the paths past a mini-golf site and a park with animals - however at this point the path stopped in the car park near the park and the gap along side the road did not appear to be that safe with the number of cars heading our way. So undeterred we turned around and walked back the way we had come and kept walking along the coast, passing the cable car of yesterday’s visit and carrying on to Baveno, which was less in the middle of the road - although only slightly and hoping no coach would shoot past. Baveno is a very picturesque town on the side of the ... read more
Picture from the church
Painting in church
Garden on Isola Bella

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Stresa July 30th 2019

After a substantial breakfast, although finding decaf coffee was a challenge, we headed to find the cable car to get us up to Mottarone. Leaving the hotel and finding our way along the coast to the base of the cable car, we did go further around then we needed to but signage was not prolific. The queue was already quite substantial by 9:30am when the first cable car began its ascent - we followed cyclists as well as people ready to throw themselves off the mountain with only one other person and a parachute. The first car took us to Alpina and then the second car took us up to Mottarone. The scene from James Bond fighting Jaws (silver teeth man not big fish) came to mind but thankfully not for long. At the summit we ... read more
Ticket to the top!
Where the fun begins
Chair lift to the summit

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Stresa July 29th 2019

As the title of this blog indicates there were a few challenges to our travel but more to come on that. The morning, after enjoying breakfast in the hotel’s panoramic breakfast room overlooking the lake and the Alps, started with another walk by the lake to keep the legs stretched out before our 2 hour trip from Lausanne to Stresa. The views across to Evian and Thonon ( both places we have enjoyed) was stunning with the sun glinting off the water. Very relaxing. Later we headed up the steep hills to reach the old town with its impressive gothic cathedral, which is amazing inside with an impressive organ and console - it would be good to try that out! The building was so peaceful and the colours of the stained glass windows created amazing colours ... read more
Stained glass window
Evening in Stresa
Organ console

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Baveno June 27th 2019

Today is a really relaxed start, as we won't be hitting the road until 9:00. So after a quick breakfast, we bid a fond farewell to Santa Margherita, and board the coach for Lake Maggiore. Lake Maggiore is in the upper northwest area of Italy near the border with Switzerland. This is a 3 hour bus ride, the longest we have some so far. So with plenty of time on the road, Anna gave us a quick synopsis of the days activities, and used the remaining time to settle up our bills for the optional excursions. With a WiFi credit card machine on the bus, it didn't take her long. As we left Santa Margherita, the mountains began to quickly subside and we were quickly in the flat farmland of the northwest. So for the next ... read more
Lake Maggiore - Farmlands of the North
Lake Maggiore - Hotel Simplon Our Room
Lake Maggiore - Hotel Simplon Our Room

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Alba May 3rd 2019

We drove through the rain and the mountains in France popping in and out of various tunnels through the alps until eventually we came into sunshine and Italia. As we headed for our first destination Sue called them and persuaded them to change our booking from Tuesday night to Sunday so we could stop there that night. We arrived late afternoon to agriturismo La Torricella in bright sunshine and at least 10 degrees warmer than when we left Annecy a few hours earlier. Fantastic spot above the town of Monfort D’alba this hilltop setting was perfect, with vineyard & restaurant, a favourite of Shelagh & Chris. We sat outside with a glass of their wine looking over the numerous hilltop towns. There was also a christening party which added to the ambience. After checking out we ... read more
Terrace at Monfort D’Alba
Upper Town Monfort
View of Italian hills for dinner

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Domodossola September 23rd 2018

We hadden een plan, twee dagen voor we vertrokken! Een roadtrip naar waar het zonnetje schijnt. We reden recht naar Zwitserland, Solalex. Alé, toch met een kleine stop in Sallenches (Frankrijk), le Vieux Campeur voor extra schoenen. Onze beste Frans werd opgepoetst! De grote slab Miroir d'Argentin stond al jaren op ons lijstje om te klimmen. Het was een lange trip naar het 5-huizen-tellend-dorp, Solalex, via kleine baantjes. Juist voor het dorp is een prachtig gelegen parking, zelfs met toilet. En een groots uitzicht op de Miroir d'Argentin! Dus na enkele hectische dagen werken en rijden, waren we helemaal in form voor deze uitdaging. Aan mijn conditie werd nog hard gewerkt dankzij de tegenvaller van de zomer. Dus kozen we niet voor de moeilijkste route... 's Avonds onze rugzak gepakt en gezakt. Best wel spannend na ... read more
Miroir d'Argentin

Europe » Italy » Piedmont September 2nd 2018

This morning was a beautiful, clear and sparkling day on Lake Maggiore. It was hard to think about leaving. Last night we hung out on the rooftop, drinking a little wine, watching the sunset all around the Lake. It is a stunning place! Before we leave the Lake District I have a quiz for my readers. What do you think this part of the bathroom fixture is for? See photo. The Hotel de Palma was renovated in recent times and it is modern and lovely. We boarded a bus and headed South, driving through wine country with hillsides terraced with vineyards and topped by medieval towns. Our destination was Barolo, a town that is not even on most maps, but is home to a great Italian wine producer of the same name. We had a tour ... read more
Sunset across Lake Maggiore
Medieval hill town near Barolo
View from Hotel Metropole balcony

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Orta San Giulio August 31st 2018

This morning we woke to a rainy day, enjoyed a wonderful breakfast buffet, and boarded a bus at 9:00 headed to Lake Orta. The smallest of the Italian lakes it is called "Cinderella" in Italian because it is beautiful, and I guess, waiting to be discovered. The lakes are all the result of the last Ice Age, when glaciers covered this region. Como is the deepest. Garda is the largest. They are all surrounded by low mountains (up to about 4000 ft), which enhances their beauty. We arrived at Lake Orta and had to detour through a large industrial town, Obegna, because we came upon a closed tunnel. Due to the recent collapse of the bridge in Genoa, many roads and bridges are closed for inspection to diminish the chances of future failures. Igor tells us ... read more
Island at Orta with Benedictine monastery/convent
Old house in Orta
View of town hall on town square Orta

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Verbania April 28th 2018

Notre deuxième journée fut intense en connaissance de nouveaux lieux… Un circuit touristique inventé par Tino et Angela de façon à ce que nous puissions vraiment bien connaître leur région. De paysages en villages et en surprises, la route fut belle toute la journée… Vous découvrirez tout cela en parcourant les photos… presque toutes ont leur légende. Ceci dit, nous continuerons demain notre chemin vers Bergamo… une autre ville à vous faire découvrir avec plaisir... Malheureusement il faudra nous quitter ici tout en gardant le meilleur des souvenirs de ces trois jours passés en cie de nos amis… Nous leur avons promis de leur rendre la pareille dès qu’ils pourront venir à la maison… Et ce sera fait avec le plus grand des plaisirs. Nuestro segundo dia fue lleno de conocimientos de nuevos lugares…. Un circuito ... read more
01 quand JJ utilise le zoom
02 et qu'on arrive presque dans la neige
03 tout là haut sur les sommets

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Verbania April 25th 2018

Hoy empezamos en castellano ya que nuestros amigos de Verbania nos han recibido como reyes… ! Asi que de Cannobio hemos tomado la ruta recorriendo la costa del Lago Maggiore para ir hasta Verbania donde nos habian dado cita Angela y Tino su marido para que tengamos mas facilidades en encontrar su casa… Estuvimos contentos de llegar a su casa ya que es una maravilla… Una vista impresionante sobre el Lago Maggiore, una casa en la cual uno se siente bien y un acojo como solo los argentinos llegan a hacerlo… (porque Tino aunque sea italiano tiene muchas de las cualidades de los argentinos….) GRACIAS a ellos entonces por habernos recibidos tan bien y tratar de que cada dia sea un verdadero tur turistico y toda una fiesta en la casa cuando servia el aperitivo o ... read more
Le lac Majeur depuis la terrasse de la maison d'Angela et Tino
Amigas para siempre !

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