Friday, September 23, 2011

Ritorno Dalle Vacanze....



I wasn't really sure when I finished work a couple of weeks back for my late "summer hols" whether we would be going away anywhere. As it turned out we decided to have ourselves a break over in Italy thanks to a friend of my wife whose sister has a flat in a lovely little town called Laveno, which is about 40 miles away from Milan.

Laveno is a lakeside town on the western shores of Lake Maggiore, lined with beuatiful porticoed buildings and there are elegant 17th and 18th century villas throughout the town as it rises to the meet the lower slopes of Mount Sasso del Ferro. It really is a stunning little town that had the added advantage of no tourists - apart from us obviously !! As it sits on the shores of Lake Maggiore there are plenty of boat trips you can take including a boat and train all day trip that that we took into Switzerland and back. Fabulous scenery all the way and a truly stunning train journey back with the Swiss alps in the background.

Another "highlight" was the cable car from Laveno to Mount Sasso del Ferro which is affectionately known as the "bucket lift". This is due to the fact that the two-man cabins are open top and resemble giant buckets. I freely admit that it was one of the scariest things I have ever done as you go up the mountain for 16 minutes to a height of 3484ft in nothing more than a large metal container that just holds 2 people and is completely open to the elements with just a door handle keeping you in....

All in all, lovely place, lovely people, great food but as always it's also nice to be home....

The Pixies - The Holiday Song

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