Albergo La Soldanella
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Just when we thought Venice was the most beautiful place we would visit in Italy, Varenna may have beaten it into second place. Neither of us can get our heads round the fact that we are actually seeing what's around us. The apartment is amazing and the views from the balcony alone are worth the trip. Claire has also befriended a blind cat so we keep having to think of excuses to go and see the lady so Claire can rub the cat.
Saturday morning was a late and lazy start to the day under a low, grey overcast sky. We elected to stroll through Bellagio on the point of Lake Como. We caught the hourly bus which took about twenty minutes to reach the town. Lesson learned, buy your tickets wherever they are sold other than the bus. The bus driver charges 2X the price to issue tickets.
We toured Bellagio as did ...
... a cup of expresso. Driving back to Bellano we parked again at the train station and walked into town to view the Orrido which we had missed. It was a fast flowing water course that hammered down a steep gorge and was used to power a hydro electric plant. It was quite impressive and you wouldn't believe that it was right in the middle of the town as it was hidden by a high fence and an iron gate. We had to wait for them to open the gate ...
... 8 km to ride. We arrived about 2 hours later. All good. Apart from Stef nearly dying (or so she claims)... From now on, the next 50 km were pure bliss....top speeds in the upper 50's, nice corners, everything nice.
Just a minor nuisance.....tunnels.
The tunnels showed us how different expectations can alter the experience a lot. Stef thought that the tunnels were the most difficult and dangerous ...
... to show us various shops. Karen stays at M&L's but had walked down to our place. The first days here we spent getting our house set up and catching up on sleep. Our place is basically a studio apartment so it includes a kitchen so we can fix our own food which is really nice Friday was Melissa's birthday. She had to work that day and Giulia had a birthday party for a classmate in the afternoon, but in the evening we had dinner at their ...