Esplanade Hotel Resort & SPA
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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.
... drum, an empty can with rocks in it for a shaker, two sticks to hit together and our voices. It was a lot of fun, but I'm not so sure we sounded so great. Oh wait a minute... Did I just admit that?? We sounded phenomenal!! We spent some time climbing a fantastic mountain with a breathtaking view and exotic climbs. We could see the snow topped mountains of Switzerland, along with the valleys of fall coloured trees, with a smattering of houses. Quite the contrast. ...
... It was such a perfect spot – flat, quiet and next to a waterfall. The forests were an attractive mixture – the dark conifers provided a backdrop for the autumn shades.
On Thursday 15th we headed for Cortina in the Dolomites. The Dolomites are really spectacular anyway but the first sprinkling of snow made it special.
From Cortina we were heading for the Val di Fiemme so had to cross no ...
... It was pretty quiet with barely a soul there when we appeared. It is a typical Baroque garden in that it is basically all green and grey. They went for trees and other greenery mixed with stone, concrete etc for the grey effect. They didn't add the flowers then that we enjoy today. It is totally over the top with the statuary and ballustraded terraces. However it is beautiful as it has so much more, including lovely formal gardens etc. We wandered ...
... took photos with the group. Back on the bus to the hotel in Lake Maggiore (called Grand Dino), back by 4.30pm, rest the out to a restaurant nearby for dinner with a few of the group, Peter had seafood pasta and I had vegetarian cannelloni. Bought bracelets for gifts back home, walked through to the sister hotel ...