Arrivederci for a Few Weeks

September 13th, 2015



Italy, Milan 2


We are on our way to Italy this week.  It has been a whirlwind of activity proceeding our departure.  I have had little time to plan ahead.  But much of our itinerary is already in place.  We will be doing another motorcycle tour with our French friends in charge and the other couple from the states who have accompanied us on many of our trips.  We will fly into Milan and spend two days acclimating ourselves to the time zone.  While there we will view Da Vinci’s Last Supper at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, visit the Duomo, and do a little shopping.  Since Milan is the Fashion Capital of Italy, that is a necessity.

Italy, Lake Como

From Milan we will travel to beautiful Lake Como.  We have reserved a lovely 3 bedroom house on the lake (Not the one pictured above) for 3 days.  I am hoping to take a cooking class at Ristorante Il Caminetto.

Italy, Stelvio-Pass

David and the other guys are looking forward to riding the Stelvio Pass.  It is a winding road in the Italian Alps that is popular with motorcycle enthusiasts. We girls will probably find something else to do.  One of the advantages of the trip this year is that we are staying put in one place for a few days at a time, which allows the guys to do day trips around the area.  We also have a van at our disposal.

Italy, VeniceVenice will be a lovely experience I am sure.  My friend Penny told me about a wonderful restaurant, Poste Vecie, off the beaten path that I am looking forward to finding.

Italy, Tuscany

From Venice we will travel west into the region of Tuscany. It should be wine harvest season and all of us are looking forward to the beauty of the region.

Tuscany Kitchen

The Tuscan farmhouse that we have rented appears charming.  It is an easy bus ride into Florence.

Italy, Florence

There is so much to do in Florence.  It is nice to have the luxury of a few days spent there.

Italy Rome

Our last stop will be Rome.  I will do my best to chronicle our trip either on The Lake Lure Kitchen Facebook page or my personal Facebook page.  I will also try to post our adventures here on the blog.  I will see you back here soon.

16 responses to “Arrivederci for a Few Weeks”

  1. Larry says:

    We hope you have a wonderful trip visiting an area that remains on our list.

  2. Mary says:

    Oh you will love every moment – I did most of the same places but not motorcycles over the Stelvio Pass!!! I hope you enjoy the cooking class Penny – bring back some great recipes. As for Venice – it’s a dream place and you will always long to return as I do.

    We leave for France and Spain next week – like you, I’m running in circles trying to get a lot of loose ends tied up before then.

    So my dear, enjoy each moment. Stay safe and travel joyfully.
    Bon voyage – Mary

    • Penny says:

      Enjoy your trip also Mary. I can’t decide if I would rather be in France or Italy. But each place has its charm. Good advice to travel joyfully. I will follow your lead.

      Bon voyage to you too, Penny

  3. Barbara says:

    I’m so excited for you, Penny, and can’t wait to read all about it. I’ve been several times to Venice..have some restaurants for you. The first two are for lunch.
    Antica Locanda Montin
    Trattoria alla Madonna
    Corte Sconta
    Da Ivo,
    Antico Martini
    Of course, finding them is a different matter! 🙂

  4. I know you are going to have such a great trip. It will be nice to be stationed at a house so you don’t have to pack and unpack so much. Lake Como looks gorgeous. Can’t wait to see your pictures.

    • Penny says:

      Thanks so much Sam. Hope all equipment works well. We are taking a smaller camera, so not sure how the pictures will turn out.

  5. Monique says:

    Apart from Milan..and Lake Como..I went to the beautiful places you wrote of..

    Magic..expect is nothing less..

    Bon Voyage….Ciao!

  6. Susan says:

    Have a wonderful time, Penny! Some of those photos are gorgeous! Say hello to George Clooney and Aman for me 😉

  7. I know you are going to have a wonderful time! I am very envious. We hope to go back to Italy one day. Enjoy your trip. I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  8. Penny, I forgot to mention on my comment that I ran into a problem the first time I tried to post to Facebook from France. They thought I might be someone that had broken into my account and blocked me. I answered their email and said that yes, it was me and that we were indeed in France. I was asked to change my p/word and after that, everything was fine. I hope you don’t encounter the same, but it was easy to fix if you do. There may be a way to let FB know you are going out of the country, but I don’t know how. If you figure it out, please share.

    Again, have a GREAT time!

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