Italy So Far

October 2nd, 2015


Duomo MilanOne of the beautiful sights in Milan is the famous Duomo or Cathedral.  It was one of the first things that we saw after getting settled into our first lodging place.  There are five of us traveling together.  Our French friend Laurent is acting as our travel guide.  The other couple with us is our daughter-in-law’s Father, Dave and her step-mother, Tulin.  We chose to stay in houses this time while abroad.  Each home or villa was within easy reach of each of our destinations and we settled into each for at least two nights, sometimes up to four nights.  Our chosen itinerary included Milan, Lake Como, The Dolomites, Venice, Tuscany including Florence and Pisa, and a side trip into the Cinque Terre (The Italian Riviera), and finally Rome.

Milan Arcade

Next to the Duomo in Milan is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.  It is a mall housed in a glass-covered 19th century arcade with many upscale shops.  We did a lot of window shopping.

Milan, Arcade L

The glass enclosure lets in a lot of light.


Prada Prices

The prices of the items in the Prada window display kept us from even entering the store.

Prada Window display

Do you think those gold heels will become the next fashion statement?

Milan, Scala Opera House


The La Scala Opera House is also in Milan.

Lake Como, Long View

After leaving Milan, we headed north and east to beautiful Lake Como.  Because we live on a lake, this was a special place for us to visit.  Friends who have been here before told us that Lake Lure is a mini version of Lake Como.

Lake Como View from BDRM

This was the view from our bedroom in the villa that we rented.  Although it was a lovely place, getting to it was a real challenge as the roads were narrow and the curves were hairpin.  It was easier on the bikes, but we also have a car with us and we girls were in charge of driving the car.  Tulin did an exemplary job of negotiating the curves in the road.  We are finding Italian traffic challenging.  That is all for now.  Our internet service is not always perfect.  More later.  Ciao!  Several of the picture were supplied by our riding friend Laurent, who runs the very successful tour company called Ride in Tours.

8 responses to “Italy So Far”

  1. Larry says:

    Looks like you have the trip going well – too bad about that view. Those Prada prices would have been good if it was still Lira.

  2. Monique says:

    Looks wonderful!
    Jacques did all the driving..our month in Europe..ap 1600 miles..
    Italy..was the worst..Rome!! Was terrible..the drivers are so unlike any other drivers..
    Just not something we are used to..I thought my husband was a hero that trip;)
    Have fun !

  3. Susan says:

    Gorgeous photos, Penny! How nice to have a small group to travel with also. I remember what those small, winding roads are like but what a pretty view from your balcony!

  4. Madonna says:

    It is all gorgeous Penny. I wonder if that dress will be the new color for the coming year? I love green, but not on me.

    I read somewhere that George Clooney has a villa in Lake Como.

    Any way, glad to hear/see you are having a good time.

  5. I have been following Davids pictures on Facebook. Glad to hear you are having a great time! Remember when I use to do a “Weekend, Where Is It Post”? I did a comparison of Lake Lure and Lake Como…

  6. Susan says:

    So enjoyable – thank you for sharing!

  7. Italy is beautiful, the drivers crazy, and the roads twisty. Ride safe and have fun, I’ll enjoy every moment of your trip from my chair.

  8. Barbara says:

    What a fabulous trip you’re having, Penny. I’ve enjoyed the photos on Facebook too. I’ve only traveled to the big cities in Italy…never seen the countryside the way you have. Such fun to follow along!

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