After two and a half years of living in the UK, we finally made it to one of the top locations on our travel list: Lake Como, Italy. It was even more beautiful than I imagined, and this holiday will remain strong in my memory for a long time, I think. We took the trip with our friends Marco and Rebecca, who are familiar with Italy...and good friends to boot :) On the first day, we arrived in the evening and the landlady was kind enough to order pizza for us, as most grocery stores were closed at that point. We enjoyed pizza and some wine from a nearby wine shop, and headed to bed looking forward to our first full day at Lago di Como.
The following morning we all woke up and a few of us went to a nearby village to purchase food, snacks, and a few essentials. It's always fun going to a store in a different country and seeing all the different food items and brands. I was amused to find lots of Bertolli pasta lining the shelves!
Once we got back to the house we packed the crew up and headed to Tremezzo to catch the ferry. We took the ferry to Bellagio (the boys loved it!), and found a little place for lunch. We then walked around the main touristy bit, tried gelato from a few gelaterias and overall just enjoyed being there. After Bellagio we then got back on the ferry to head to picturesque Varenna.
Varenna was really beautiful, but probably my least favorite of the places we visited. (Maybe it was because it followed amazing Bellagio?) There was a nice playground where we let the boys run around for a while. After the run around the kids were getting antsy so we decided to head back to the house and meet up with M&R there.
That evening John and I stayed home with Rafe, Arlo, and baby Simone while Marco and Rebecca went out for an anniversary dinner. Unfortunately I got a stomach bug that evening, and was pretty miserable. By the next morning I was at about 60%, but pretty confident my body was finished hugging the toilet. One consolation about being sick while on holiday...I had an amazing view (of the mountains, not the toilet, obviously) and a lovely terrace on which to sit, read, and recuperate.
Villa Balbianello and Menaggio, in the next post :)