Famous Lakes

Trip Start Mar 06, 2011
Trip End Apr 29, 2011

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Flag of Switzerland  , Swiss Alps,
Monday, March 28, 2011

After another hearty Italian breakfast,  we head 85km north of Milano to visit the famous and highly recommended Lago Como (Lake Como).  Why is this Italian lake so famous?  Is it the views of the breath taking alps?  Or perhaps that it is a favourite location for movie directors that filmed movies like Ocean's Twelve, Casino Royale?  Well at least for one person in the Imeri camp, it's famous because of the many celebrities who live or have homes on this amazing lake, George Clooney is on top of that list of people we might see.  I assure Zinije it's never going to happen, but she is crossing her fingers none the less.  As we reach the town of Como, we get our first glimpse of the lake as the sun tries to make it's way through the clouds.  After a few wrong turns we eventually get on a very narrow and windy road in the direction of the town Bellagio.  The speed limit is 30 - 50 kms depending on the size of the road, it's amazing how fast the locals are zipping around on these narrow streets, buses and trucks going over the speed limit.  We take our time and stop where we can to take in the sights and eventually make it to Belaggio at 12:30pm, where it is completely sunny.  The restaurants are all lined up by the lake,  we quickly find a spot and order our meals as the kids are starving.   We spend almost 2 hours by the lake, admiring the view, the kids were happily running around and amusing themselves by chasing the ducks and pigeons.  After we finish our coffees, we decide to explore the town of Bellagio by foot,  which means climbing hundreds of little steps just to make it to the centre of town.  It's 2:30 and a lot of the local stores are still closed due the siesta, but there a few shop keepers who are open so we look around as we've heard Bellagio is also famous for it's silk.  After enjoying the charm and beauty of this town, we head back to the windy roads in direction of Como, about 10 minutes into our drive we get pulled over by the Polizia(Police), who ask to see our documents.  They were friendly but took their sweet time validating our passports and rental car details, at least 20 minutes.  The kids sounded worried and were asking a lot of questions of why we were pulled over, as it has never happened in Melbourne.  We assured them it is random and that everything would be okay,  we get our documents back with a smile and continue on our path to Como.  When we get there, we park the car and explore the town by foot and stop at a few local parks by the lake enjoying some gelati's.  We decide to finally head to our hotel which is in Lugano, in Switzerland, when we get to the Italian/Swiss border there is no one there to check our passports which is very unusual having lived on the French side of Switzerland for 4 years.   We have read the Swiss in the Italian side a lot more relaxed and we can clearly see that as we check into our hotel in a little town called Paradiso just outside of Lugano.  While waiting for our room key, there is a lot of people around, women getting there hair done, we weren't sure what was going on, but what ever it was caused the hotel to upgrade us to the penthouse suite.  We had already booked a room with a lake view of Lugano, and now we enjoy it in the penthouse suite, this place is awesome, I love this country.  We decide to have dinner in the hotel and spend the rest the evening enjoying our suite and the amazing view of Lugano.
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Chris S on

Mon Dieu.....upgrade to a BMW, upgrade to the penthouse suite...What else? The gods are giving you a big hint. Stay!!

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