Monthly Archives: March 2014

Dinner on Isola Madre : Lake Maggiore

Isola Madre is the largest of the three Lake Maggiore islands – 220m x 330 m – and has 8 hectares of botanical gardens, which we didn’t see unfortunately as we were going there for our Be My Guest dinner … Continue reading

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Lake Como – Lombardy, NW Italy

Lake Como, the third largest lake in Italy, with an area of 146sq km, is one of the deepest in Europe … 200m below sea level.  Many famous people own, or have owned, homes along its shoreline including George Clooney, … Continue reading

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Cosmos at the Parkrun : Delta Park

Squeezing in-between my Italian posts : I have been doing the Parkrun at Delta Park .. a 5 km run/walk on Saturday mornings .. for the past 8 weeks.  I started with walking the route and now I am running … Continue reading

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Como on the shores of Lake Como

Day 8 continues :   From Baveno to Como ..  one beautiful lake to another … Lake Maggiore to Lake Como .. We boarded our coach at the hotel in Baveno and made our way to the city of Como.   A mountain of … Continue reading

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Lake Maggiore : Isola Bella’s Italianate garden

Still on Day 9 :   continued from my previous post .. From the magnificent Palazzo, a flight of steps lined with moss covered pots and ferns peeping through cracks,  lead up to the ten tiered Italianate garden in the form of … Continue reading

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Lake Maggiore : Isola Bella

Isola Bella .. such a pretty name 🙂 … is one of the Borromean Islands of Lake Maggiore.  The islands take their name from the aristocratic Borromean family who owned three islands in the 16th and 17th centuries  .. Bella, Madre … Continue reading

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Lake Maggiore, Lombardy, NW Italy

Arriving at our hotel, the Grand Hotel Dino .. and it was grand .. in the small town of Baveno, the temperature outside had dropped dramatically.  From a sweltering +35C to 20C After a long day, having left Venice in the morning, … Continue reading

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A brief stop in Milan : Duomo

Milan’s Cathedral – Duomo di Milano .. what an incredibly amazing building !!!  Walking out of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II  into the Piazza del Duomo with this enormous cathedral before you, with spires .. 135 of them .. reaching up into … Continue reading

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A brief stop in Milan : Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

A snippet of  Italian architecture on the drive into Milan … love it Milan .. the centre of fashion .. .business and finance.  As we drove through the streets, my thoughts were of Abigail (Betz), the dress designer who designed … Continue reading

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Stopping off at Verona

Day 8 of our Italian tour :  we left beautiful Venice behind us and made our way to Verona, in the Veneto region, northern Italy, dates back to 3rd century BC and was an important Roman trade centre.   It is a … Continue reading

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