Tuesday, November 9, 2010

ABC Wednesday: Q is for a Quick Tour to Lake Como

It was the last day of our trip in Italy.  We had stayed in Milan for three days already.  Grace's conference also almost came to the end.  One of her important meetings was cancelled due to the air strike in France.  She asked me whether there is somewhere nearby Milan that we could make a Quick day trip.  I opened the map, and why not Lake Como.

When we were young and lived in Nice, France, we often talked about that we would drive to visit Lake Como.  But we never made the trip.  Now it is the opportunity!  We took an early train from Milan to Como.  The train ride took just over an hour.  These two pictures are Chiesa accanto al Duomo di Como.

Here is Torre e cupola del Como.  By this time, it was approaching noon and we started to look for something to eat.  I was really scared by the microwave pasta and risotto of tourist restaurants in Milan.  

Grace saw people walked into this Charcuterie and she followed them.  To our surprise, there is a small restaurant in the courtyard behind the store.  We can pick the food in the store and they can serve us in the courtyard. We had one of the most marvelous and inexpensive lunch in Italy!

After the meal, it was time for us to take the ferry for a Quick tour of the lake.  Here is a photo taken at Piazza Grimoldi on the way to the lake front.

While we were waiting for the ferry, we saw this old lady feeding pigeons by the lake.  The way she dressed made us feel going way back into the 1800s.

There were many sea gulls by the lake.  Click on the photo to see how clear the bird in the center is.  I have my new Nikon 28-300 lens.  I often think the sharpness of the lens at 300 mm may not be at optimum.  This image of the bird proved me wrong.

We did not have time to go too far into the lake.  This is our ferry destination Torno and we did not even came down the boat and took the same boat back.

There are many beautiful villas and palaces along the lake.

This one is at the town of Cernobbio.

This one is also at Cernobbio, can you see the castle ruin in the background half way up the mountain.

Finally we came back to where we started.  We can see the Duomo di Como in the background.

It was a fantastic day trip, but too Quick.  We hope one day we will visit Lake Como again and spend a few more days to visit the palaces and villages along the lake.

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amatamari© said...

Oh, what a fantastic day! Have you chosen the right place for the new lens, a photographic series truly magnificent!

Jama said...

What a quaint little place, so lovely!

Sylvia K said...

A fantastic day indeed! I love Milan, but didn't get up to Lake Como, your photos are the next best thing! Enjoy the rest of your week!


EG Wow said...

What a magical place!

wenn said...

lovely scenery!

Roger Owen Green said...

a quality trip, but, as you said, too quick.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Tumblewords: said...

Oh, what a glorious place! Love the lady feeding birds...

Paula Scott said...

I can't believe you got to go to Lake Como at the spur of the moment! That is like such a fantasy vacation place in my eyes.
Beautiful! And, what a great way to deal with an airline strike!

photowannabe said...

Lovely pictures. You folks really have a wonderful life being able to travel so much. I would love to see the world as you do.

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for this entertaining post! Your photos are very good and beautiful! Italy is interesting and great. I like the large lakes in north Italy. Once we camped on the banks of lake Garda.


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