Touring the north of Italy with my parents
We're on a ferry on Lake Como, looking at the
town of Cadenabbia on the west side. This was toward the end of our trip and added as an
afterthought, but were sure glad we did! [As you may deduce, these photos are not
Dad and Mom feeling fresh at the start of our
Bramasole. Mom and I are both fans of Frances
Mayes books recounting her saga of restoring a villa in Tuscany. We spent a couple of
hours snooping around Cortona and finally found our prize perched on a steep hillside
surrounded by cypress and olive trees. Dad even got into the chase!
View of Rapallo on the Ligurian Coast near
Genoa. Took this from our hotel balcony at the sweetest little hotel. Not content to enjoy
this paradisiac setting, we hopped a train for Monaco 3 hours away, only to find that
Montecarlo is shut up tight on Sundays. We gambled on the impulse, and lost, but saw some
beautiful coastal scenery along the way.
This spooky-looking scene (I'm posting this on
Halloween) was actually a very serene one in Orvieto on our last night before returning to
Rome. Orvieto is a charming medieval hill town in Umbria, with possibly the best duomo
facade in all of Italy. Its main irritant however is its clock tower (seen in the
background) which chimes both the hour the quarter hour and doesn't know to lay off during
the graveyard shift. I took this photo during one spell of insomnia.
[To see part 2 of our journey to the north of
Italy, click here.]