First stop - Lake Como

Trip Start Oct 20, 2006
Trip End Nov 18, 2006

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Monday, October 23, 2006

After 26 hours of flying and staying in airports, we finally made it Milan... On the way we encountered the wonderful service of Emirates, the craziness of Dubai airport (complete with gold leaf, palm trees and we would believe the stories of half the world's cranes being in Dubai, just at the airport!), and the delights of that old internet game Alchemy.

We stayed in a dodgy (but still clean) hotel near Milan's central station - very much like Central at home but we didn't care because we were so tired after 30 hours awake!

A short train and ferry ride later we have found ourselves in the beautiful town of Bellagio on Lake Como where my (Elyssa's) relatives live. The lake is a Y shape and Bellagio is the town right in the middle of the lake - it's a pretty nice spot (although the weather is not being so kind to us at the moment!) And no, we haven't seen George Clooney yet!

We are staying in my great-grandmother's old house which has now been converted into 6 apartments with stunning views over the whole town and lake all the way to Switzerland. It's quite a mission to get into town and we are fast becoming mountain goats as we try to navigate the back lane ways, complete with cobblestones and moss!

We have spent the last day or so catching up with my rels and wandering around the town - sooner or later we will try and upload some photos as well. We're hoping to go on a bit of a ferry ride around the lake if the weather clears up and of course we're eating very well (how could you not in Italy?!) And of course I'm trying to remember my Italian and laughing at Dave as I try to teach him a few words as well - he's almost got 1 to 10 down and he knows thank you!

We're about to head out for some pizza, so we'll try and update you again soon.

Next port of call is Barcelona (and hopefully some sun!)

Elyssa and Dave.
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