Hotel Continental Como
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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.
First of all...all of this trip was made with the recomendations of this site "Mil„o nas Maos"!
1) Here to stay
we stay in Milan, for 1 and an half day, so we choose the hotel, based on the rate and location, so the ...
... of various passenger ferries connecting the numerous towns on the lake. Lake Como is very long (50km) and narrow with an extensive ferry service. But, for the many tourists at our ferry dock, It was somewhat mass confusion trying to figure out if the boat that is about to depart is going to BELLagio or MENaggio and why do we have to go to Bellagio when we really just want to go to Como? But we did indeed have to take the ferry to Bellagio, where ...
... to the South. To the North the water flows into the Rein and to the South it flows into the Danube and eventually the Black Sea.
Coming down the other side we passed over the Brusio circular viaduct where the train does a 360 degree turn. Being in the last carriage I was able to get a good video shot of this as the train went over the viaduct and then around and under it. Just before entering Tirano we crossed the Swiss/Italian border.
At Tirano ...
... mover with inches to spare either side, and took a Sunday "drive" around the lake.
Mistake 1 was thinking it would be quiet around here. Wrong in fact it looked like all the locals and others were happily going for a nice revved up motor cycle grand prix tour instead!
Mistake 2 was assuming that country drivers had more manners. Wrong, they were just as elsewhere! In a hurry, no road rules used ...