Monday, September 12, 2011

Lake Como

We just got back from a fabulous relaxing weekend in Lake Como with the Grands.  We stayed in Cernobbio at the Villa D'Este.  It was tres fab! In this case, pictures are worth a thousand words so I won't ramble on.

Villa D'Este.  A beautiful Italian chateau that has been around since the 15th century.

The bustling lake.

Spectacular view from our window.

Loved the idea of a floating pool.

Fabulous dinner at the hotel with the Grands followed by this even more fabulous sunset.

And then an equally beautiful sunrise the next morning. 

Breakfast with the Grands in the morning was one of my favorite parts of the trip.  People watching at this place is a true sport.  I couldn't help but imagine how exquisite it used to be back in the 20's.  

And then it was off on the boat.  (Just kidding, that's not us. But we did take a boat ride that day).  


On the boat exploring the lake and heading to lunch.

This is the view of the Villa D'Este from the water.

Some favorite pictures from the boat ride.

I loved all of the tiny little villages dotting the coastline.

We finally arrived at the restaurant on a little Island (recommended by the Mr.'s grandmother, Mere).  The name of the restaurant is Locanda Dell'Isola.  They serve one, six course menu and have been serving the same menu for 50 years.  It was quite a treat. 

Can't you tell M. Grand loves parmigiano reggiano off a knife from an Italian waiter?

We said goodbye to our feast and jumped back on the boat to head home. 

This is what bottomless wine and slow moving boat will do to you....

And last but not least, here a few more shots of the Villa D'Este and the grounds.  

The front of the hotel.  (I was really loving the hat this weekend, if you couldn't tell.  Carrying a hat in limited luggage space was a labor of love that needed to be fully utilized). 

The grand marble staircases.

The veranda.

 The gardens were a jewel in the crown.

The symmetrical waterfalls were our favorite.

We finally had to say au revoir to this little piece of paradise.  The Grands were off to Florence and we were EasyJet bound for Paris. 

For now, it's off to Monoprix for, well pretty much everything.  It's time I relearn to cook.  But stay tuned for a few more upcoming adventures in September! (And hopefully a new recipe or two!)

Au revoir.

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