This post finds us in the little town of Abbadia Lariana which is located on one of the three arms of Lake Como. We are staying in a small bungalow on the shores of Lake Como, the views are to die for.
We arrived here from Racconigi, in one piece, having negotiated several motorways and discovered the delights of paying tolls when you have not a clue what you are doing. We learnt some valuable lessons on how to cope and will apply our new found knowledge when tomorrow we head out for the wilds of Florence.
Our stay here has predominately been one of relaxation. Having been on the go since leaving home in March this is really the first time we have been able to just stop and do nothing. We are excelling at doing it too.
We did venture out one day to Bellagio, which required no major effort from us. We just walked to the ferry wharf just around the corner and hopped the ferry. We spent about 4 hours in Bellagio, most of it spent dodging the rain which decided to bucket down just after we hopped off the ferry. Bellagio, although in a most beautiful part of Lake Como is decidedly a tourist trap, filled with expensive leather and accessories shops, plus various cafes and bars. Dodging the rain we escaped from the tourists and took to the hills to look back on Bellagio and Lake Como from the heights.
Unfortunately the rain has continued to come down since then, but this morning dawned quite bright, so we decided to do one of the local walks up into the hills, passing through a couple of little villages via small lanes and pathways. When we got to the halfway point of the walk we decided to visit the supermarket to stock up on the cheese and salami that we have managed to demolish over the last few days.
When we came out of the supermarket the heavens opened. So there we were, several kilometres from home, and no wet weather gear. We hovered in the local sports club for a while but figured we would just have to go and get wet. Deciding to take the road home and not the up hill and down dale paths we were very soon saturated. Then along came the guardian angels. Some kind people in a van picked us up and delivered us back to our village.
So now we are drying out, thawing out and packing up for the drive tomorrow to our new camping site.
Lets hope the weather is fine in Florence.
Starting off in Sydney we head over to the US for a few days in Los Angeles, then Las Vegas and finally over to the Big Apple. Then off again, down to Cuba for about 18 days for some old cars, cigars and Baccardi. After that we head north, this time to Toronto in Canada for a whistle stop before crossing the Atlantic to the UK. One of the highlights there will be a week down on the Isle of Wight. Jetting off again we will then spend approximately the next two months driving around Italy and France. After all that hard work we journey over to Greece where we will island hop using the local ferry systems, with 3 nights on Santorini, 3 nights of Mykonos and 3 nights on Paros. Yep, we love doing the tourist stuff! Finally we begin the long haul home stopping off on the way in Honkers for a little retail therapy.