The morning we had planned to go to Switzerland, I woke up to the sound of John rushing Rafe into the bathroom. Unfortunately, Rafe seemed to have come down with the stomach bug that Arlo and I had. John graciously offered to stay at the Lake Como home with both boys, while I joined Marco, Rebecca, and little miss Simone for our day trip to Switzerland. (Can you say husband of the year?!) So we packed lunches, I made sure the boys were all set, and we set off!
We decided to drive up to Monte Bre, on Lake Lugano. It was a slightly harrowing drive, where at one point a bus came hurtling down the narrow lane. Luckily there happened to be a tiny driveway where we could get out of the way in our small car, but it was pretty nerve-wracking!
We parked in the town (village?) of Bre, and walked up to a lovely viewing site. We chose to eat our packed lunch there, and then we continued up the rest of the path to get to the top and see the other side of the mount, looking over the city of Lugano on the lake.
The views we absolutely stunning! The walk was more than we anticipated, so in a way I was glad we didn't have my boys, but I was also sad to not share that experience with John and the boys, especially when we came upon a playground next to a restaurant overlooking the lake and city.
On the way home we drove through Lugano, and I would love to make it back someday...it was such a posh city, with sail boats and yachts dotting the lake.
It was a wonderful day, and I came home to happy boys and a sweet husband. The following day we headed out of Como and flew home via Milan. I still miss Italy, and hope to make it to southern Italy or Sardinia next spring or summer...but we will have to see!