Lake Como

4 Jul

Last week I went on holiday to Lake Como in Italy.

Lake Como

After being led on a wild goose chase by my rental car’s GPS system I finally arrived at my destination.

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I found the lake to be a tranquil and serene place.

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Having checked into my hotel I headed out into town, where I found a bar at the top of a long flight of steps.  This is a picture of your esteemed author posing with umbrella half way up the steps.

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The bar’s cavernous interior boasted a dizzying selection of vino.  There were a lot of customers in the bar and I had difficultly getting the bar staffs attention.  I concluded that I needed to utilise some hand gestures, as I know Italians love those, though they didn’t seem to appreciate the ones I used.

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Finally I was successful in obtaining a selection of apéritifs.

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The below picture was taken on the way out of the bar not in a subterranean police cell.

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Ferries are the preferred mode of transport for visiting the lake’s numerous villages and towns.

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My first port of call was the picturesque town of Varenna, where you’ll always find a tourist getting in the way of your photo.

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Below is Varenna church.  At least I am pretty sure it is Varenna church.  I saw so many churches that there is small chance that I  might be wrong.

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Midmorning I stopped for a Peroni, followed shortly thereafter by a chocolate and pistachio gelato.

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This is one of the many beautiful houses that surround the lake.

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I always seek out the less salubrious side of everywhere I go.  In the suburbs of Como I came across this derelict hotel with a view of the main road.

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Another day another meat and cheese antipasto.

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I would highly recommend Lake Como to anyone who does not suffer from aquaphobia.

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10 Responses to “Lake Como”

  1. davidprosser July 4, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    Not sure what comes next but I’m way past green with envy. I’m glad you had a nice time though.

    • guyportman July 4, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

      Thank you David. Have a good weekend.

  2. Diane Mannion July 4, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    It looks lovely Guy. It’s another one of those places that I intend to visit one day if I ever get round to it. :)

    • guyportman July 4, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

      I hope you get the opportunity to visit Lake Como one of these days Diane. Have a good weekend.

  3. John W. Howell July 4, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

    I was there in the nineties. Great tour thanks.

    • guyportman July 4, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by John. Happy Fourth of July.

  4. bobbiecook July 8, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    Looks such a beautiful place Guy… So glad you enjoyed!

  5. Gerry Labrijn September 10, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    Yes, you remembered correctly, it is the church of San Giovanni in Varenna.
    There are a further two churches on the same square well worth a visit.

    • guyportman September 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

      Now you tell me. Hopefully
      I’ll get to visit them one of these days. Pleased to hear I got the correct town. Thanks for reading.

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