Saturday, June 03, 2006

Milan and the lakes - 26 - 30 May 2006

Milan Cathedral roofMilan is a good base for visiting the picturesque nearby lakes. The highlights of Milan could be fitted into one very full day. Our favorourites were the cathedral rooftop, the Monument Cemetery, A monument in the cemetryLast Supper fresco by Leonardo da Vinci and of course the Galleria Vittrio Emanuee shopping arcade.

Isola Bella gardensLake Maggiore, in contrast could easily be a relaxing destination for several days. We enjoyed exploring the islands. Isola Pescatori was a fishing village, but now revolves around tourists. But sangria on a sunny balcony overlooking the lake is a great way to experience a fishing village! A great place to sip sangria

Isola BellaIsola Bella was a cluster of barren rocks, but after many man-hours is now a boat shaped island that the Count had built for his wife Isabella. Isola BellaThe palace (? holiday home) he built is stunning, as are the gardens. Isola Bella gardens

The three Borromean islands
Visiting this area would not be complete without taking the cable-car up Mottarone. The day was still clear, and we had a brilliant view of the mountains and Lake Maggiore with the islands.

BellagioMonday was scheduled for Lake Como. Sadly the day was misty, but with no wind, the lake was like glass. We took the boat up the lake to the Villa Carlotta, then on to Bellagio, which is reported to be the prettiest village in Italy. Maybe an exaggeration, but it is a cute lakeside village with narrow streets of shops, and heaps of places to eat. 60 million euros buys you this holiday home

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