"The lake seems clean, my little eating machine"

Trip Start May 28, 2014
Trip End Jul 17, 2014

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Flag of Italy  , Lombardy,
Saturday, July 5, 2014

Video Girl is downstairs demanding a refund from the manager because it rained yesterday.   After five weeks of warm to hot sunny days it finally drizzled in Bellagio, causing them to extend their lunch so they wouldn't get wet.   She is fighting a losing battle as he keeps pointing to the glorious blue sky and the warm sun shining down on Bellagio today.   Battery Boy escorted Video Girl from the front desk and walked her out to the front of the hotel and pointed to the Swiss Alps bathed in sunshine with only the highest peaks still shrouded in clouds.

 "That view is priceless." said Battery Boy.   

 "Yes, priceless today but yesterday was another story, that is why I want a refund." demanded Video Girl.

Battery Boy tried to distract Video Girl by giving her a little gift, or "kiss in the wind" a term used by Video Girl's mother.   The gift brought a smile to Video Girl's face and would certainly reminded her of the wonderful holiday they have had together.

After a pleasant breakfast on the balcony, Video Girl and Battery Boy purchased tickets for the ferry to visit some of the towns on the other side of the lake.  They arrived at Tremezzo and wandered the shoreline looking for a place for lunch.   They had lunch, a salami and mushroom pizza for Battery Boy and a lovely tuna salad for Video Girl which was washed down by a bottle of red wine. Video Girl and Battery Boy then set off on their seven kilometre hike throughout the mountains behind Terazzano in the 28 degree heat.   Battery Boy now understands why the Nepalese cooks didn't serve pizzas and red wine when he was climbing the Himalayas.

As they climbed higher into the mountains the views of the lake got better and better.   The walking track finally plateaued at a small opening where they witnessed a wedding at a church where Mother Nature has provided one of the most beautiful backdrops on earth. They continued their walk descending into Lenno where they waited for the ferry.

Video Girl and Battery Boy were very thirsty after their hike through the hills of Como, although the ferry ride back to Bellagio provided relief from the heat with a cooling breeze as they sat at the 'pointy end' of the boat (Editor's note: 'pointy end' is a technical maritime term.)

They returned to the hotel room, collected the first aid kit and took it out onto their terrace.   The first aid kit had recently been replenished with fresh lemon and chilled tonic water.   Battery Boy has taken to putting a tiny mark on the gin bottle to indicate the amount because someone has been enjoying her gin and tonics.

Video Girl and Battery Boy sat out there, enjoying the perfect weather and beautiful scenery.   It was so peaceful sitting there alone, the only sound being the ice cubes clinking against the side of their glasses as they drank their gin and tonics.

Battery Boy has noticed that if Video Girl has a second gin and tonic she becomes a little flirtatious and turns into something he can only describe as a cross between a saucy minx and an octopus, which Battery Boy enjoys very much.

Video Girl chased Battery Boy all around the terrace until she became annoyed with him because he wouldn't stand still so she squirted him with ink, so he decided to go and freshen up for dinner. Ink was a pleasant change from removing food remnants from his clothes that occurred when Video Girl was eating, but a little more difficult to remove.   It also provided an opportune time to write some postcards.

Video Girl and Battery Boy later walked from their hotel to La Punta restaurant located at the end of Bellagio.   This is where the lake splits and passes on either side of Bellagio.   It was a very romantic setting looking through the trees at the vast expanse of water and the mountains in the background, each displaying a lighter shade of blue as they faded into the distance.

The waiter arrived and poured a glass of prosecco to commence proceedings.   Battery Boy ordered a local white wine as they intended to eat fish tonight.   The waitress told them that the restaurant fisherman had recently returned with his catch of the day so it will be very fresh fish.

Battery Boy was looking across the table admiring Video Girl when he felt the touch of skin on skin on his lower leg.   It caused him to sit upright and make strong eye contact with Video Girl who smiled then looked away.   The sensation of touch then began to move slowly up his leg causing his pulse to race and the pounding of his heart to become deafening in his ears.   It brought a smile to his face which he quickly tried to disguise as he didn't want other people to know what was happening under the white starched tablecloth.   This nefarious activity went on for several minutes causing Battery Boy to become quite excited and his face flushed.

Battery Boy looked at Video Girl and groaned, "I will have to stop before the waitress returns, but it's nice to know I can still have a little fun by myself."   Did you think Video Girl was playing footsies with Battery Boy under the table?    That happened later in the night, the saucy octopus.

Video Girl and Battery Boy shared a starter of melon and Parma, followed by a bowl of tagliatelle  with salmon in a cream sauce.   For mains they both selected the local lake fish "Lavarelle" in a butter and sage sauce.   A simple dish but so tasty and it complimented the Ca' Brione, Terraxxe  Reticho di Sondrio perfectly.

They sat and enjoyed each other's company and continued to fill their wine glasses.  They then went through the "Dessert ritual", with Video Girl stating, "I'm not having any dessert tonight."

 The waitress returned to the table and Video Girl says to her, "Is the tiramasu homemade?"
"Si Seora, the best in Bellagio.", she replies.

 "Okay, I'll have the tiramasu, and you may as well bring me a creme brle too.", Video Girl says, totally oblivious to what she had said one minute ago.
"Prego.", replied the waitress.

 Video Girl turned to Battery Boy and said, "After tonight I'm not eating desserts."
"Of course you're not." replied Battery Boy in a condescending tone, then adding in a whisper to himself, "My little eating machine."

 "What did you just say?", snapped Video Girl.
"I just said, the lake seems clean." he said, wiping a couple of beads of perspiration that had immediately formed on his brow.

 They finished their meal and  wandered from the restaurant, strolling the streets enjoying the late night atmosphere, with people still eating and bands playing outside to groups of people singing along and dancing on the cobbled streets along the foreshore.

As they walked back down the street to the hotel towards the foreshore fireworks started exploding on the opposite bank of the lake and continued to do so for about fifteen minutes producing a cacophony of light and sound.   They sat on a bench under the manicured trees and enjoyed the colours of the fireworks that reflected on the lake doubling the visual impact.

Video Girl and Battery Boy returned to the hotel to pack and prepare for their travel day to Milano.
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