Saturday, July 15, 2017

Lago di Como: Why I'll Visit Again

Why I'll visit again? (and I am not talking about my usual day trip to do some shopping - I mean really going back to visit more places). Easy. Because I loved the towns, the lake, the "feeling" of everything and you know how important "a feeling" of a place is to me. I simply loved the energy there!

Next time, I'll do more walking. Much more walking.
Around the city of Como, for instance. Not just the shopping parts, if you know what I mean :-)
I want to walk to the lighthouse on the top of the hill in Brunate (from the stop of the cog railway).
I want to hike from Varenna to Bellano (and some other hikes highlighted in my guide book).
I want to find out what the western/northern part of the lake looks like. Around Domaso/Gravedona where all the surfers go to.
I want to take a road trip around the lake (in particular the western part).
I want to visit the southern part of the lake (Lecco).
See? Still a lot of stuff to do. Lago di Como definitely stays on my travel bucket list!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Lake Como: Varenna

I had put Varenna on my list of places to visit on Lake Como because I had read articles from many different travel bloggers who had visited and had loved the place. I decided to trust their judgement and to see for myself.
I am glad I did!
A wonderful place (much better than Bellagio for instance ... much much better, at least in my opinion). It was kind of crowded without feeling too overcrowded though. You just have to walk away from the harbor and its restaurants and bars to find some cute and silent corners.
And next time, I will allow some extra time to hike from Varenna to Bellano on a hiking trail with a wonderful view of the lake! See? I'll be back!

Well, anyway, I loved the place seen from the ferry...

I loved the town itself...

Last but not least, I absolutely adored the place I had lunch in (a place I will never ever forget). The food was amazing but the view??? Judge for yourselves...

I love it when the mountains turn blue... When I look at this I wish I had some (any) talent in painting. Because I would totally paint these blue mountains!!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Lake Como: Villa Carlotta (Tremezzo)

This was the first stop of the boat tour. Villa Carlotta and its gardens are definitely worth a trip in my opinion and I am glad the guy at the hotel reception pointed this place out to me (it wasn't on my list)!

The view

One part of the gardens (this is where tourists enter the place)

The art

Sunday, July 9, 2017

On the Road Again: Como and Lake Como

This summer will be a summer of travel :-) What's new, you're asking and, yeah well, you'd be right!
I just got back from a short trip to Como and Lake Como. What a wonderful trip!
I usually go to Como on a Saturday just to go to the mercato and to do some shopping in regular shops. I usually arrive in the morning (by train) and leave the same day.
This time I wanted to do some shopping but I mostly wanted to really visit the place and also to go on a boat trip along the lake.
Magic places, let me tell you. The city of Como is cute and is per se worth a trip. But then the little towns around the lake? Oh my. Wonderful.
There are all kinds of boats / ferries you can take to go from one town to the other. I had to make a joice for this first visit but I already know that I will have to go back because I haven't seen everything I want to see!
This is the city of Como seen from Brunate - a little town you can reach by funicolare (cog railway).

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Happy summer everybody!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Life is Full of Stories

I love to write (and I sure love that YOU love to read!). I love writing these posts here on my blog and from time to time I even write short stories just for the pleasure of writing them. I am a good story teller (at least my nephews and my nice believe so hahaha). I think of stories when I do people-watching. I look at them and wonder what's her / his story? Where does she come from? Where is he headed to? And my mind comes up with a wonderful story :-)
Our world is full of stories.
Every single person is a story.
Obviously, songs are short stories as well. I listen to a song and my mind thinks of a story. Like a glimpse of another world, of other feelings. (Same goes for a book!)
Don't get me wrong here. I am the most down to earth person you may know. My life is now. I enjoy the now and I love to deal with whatever life has ready for me next. But maybe it's because I am this down to earth kind of person that I love to read, to listen to songs and to get lost in another world.
It's like a break from life. A super short vacation of some sort.

I was thinking these thoughts while traveling to Italy last week. I was sitting in the train, listening to my music and got lost in the world of my actual favorite song.
Then suddenly another thought came up.
Now that I am studying music, I could (in a very far future, that is for sure) try to write a song myself. Mmmm. Intriguing. Not feasible right now (for obvious reasons as I started my flute lessons only 2 months ago) but should I therefore discard the idea instantly? Yes? No? What to do?

I decided to stick to my usual MO (Modus Operandi). I keep the idea with me for the moment. If it's still here in 6 months (or more) and I can't stop thinking about it?
Mmmm, as I said. Intriguing. And so full of possibilities...

Monday, June 26, 2017

Quality Me Time

This quality me time was perfect. I relaxed, slept a lot, met with people I hadn't seen for some time, enjoyed wonderful food and got a sun tan!