Saturday, September 11, 2010

Days 12 & 13: Bellagio, Italy (Lake Como) If it's good enough for George Clooney..

...then it's good enough for us. (Well he isn't in Bellagio but you know, the lake.)

It took what felt like an eternity to get there, driving though Italy (which let me tell you, is no laughing matter). Ryan has a head cold (yay for being sick on your honeymoon, right?) and had to deal with what must have been a joke of a drive; crazy tunnels, stupid slow speed limits (and drivers), tolls that had no rhyme or reason, and rest stops that were comparable to a petting zoo gone haywire. Poor guy, but he got us here and in one piece too (you’ll see what a feat that was when I post pictures of the bike path they call a road through the mountains, below)!

Anyway, all totally worth it because this place is STUNNING! The lake is gorgeous, the streets are beyond quaint and the food is awesome. On the first night, we ate at a little restaurant on the water (I should also mention that there may or may not have been a hurricane pass through here at that very time, as the winds were out of this world…we couldn’t let go of our wine glasses the entire meal for fear of wearing them, but we are troopers after all!). The second night, we ate at what had to be a mom and pop joint, and I just can’t say enough great things about it. It is up there with some of the best meals that I have ever had. A+ to La Lanterna, if you are ever in Bellagio, it is a ‘must do’.

Also, I should mention that we probably had the best view in town. For anyone who has ever been to Europe, you know that hotel rooms here in comparison to what we have at home are NOT the same thing. This room though? Huge! With an amazing view out two sets of (modern) French doors onto two wrought iron balconies with flower baskets on the third floor of a hotel that is already 38 cobblestone steps up from lake level. We had a perfectly unobstructed view of everything… so very, very, worth it.

Ok, so blah, blah, blah right? I am sure you’re just here for the pictures…

What a mess!!!

Not a mess!!!

Anyhow, I hope you can tell how beautiful everything is here and that if you are ever in a daredevil kind of mood, you should make the trip…but it is not for the faint of heart!!

Lots of love.

Ryan and Michelle


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