Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Como - Bellagio

We're running out of days in Switzerland, and so it was time for a Sunday trip to Lake Como.  We took the train to/from Como, a fast boat to Bellagio, and a slow boat back.

A few photos here.

Como was nicer than we had been told, and we were amazed to find cheap coffee:

(that's 75% off Swiss prices!)

Which is probably all you need to know about us as travelers - we had come to see this:

And yet the most impressive thing of all was the half-euro coffee machine.

Will-J found the Duomo:

(the Como Duomo, get it?)

And the most expensive hotel in Bellagio:

Bellagio was pretty, but crowded.  It's just one of those places you have to see - you know it will be touristy, but you have to go anyway.  And it was worth it.

While the fast boat was indeed fast, it was closed in and they wouldn't let us move around.  The best part of the trip was to join a few hundred of our fellow day-trippers on the big old ferry proceeding on a snail's pace back to Como.  The ferry reminded me of the ones I used to ride on Lakes Michigan and Superior, making for some interesting associations with high-summer Italy.  The wind was up, the sun was setting, and we could see why people consider Lake Como so special.

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