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Old 20th January 2010, 09:36   #16
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Interesting travelogue, mjothi, this is making me nostalgic !
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Old 20th January 2010, 11:34   #17
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Lake como is the 3rd largest lake in Italy. It flows like a inverted Y from the north of Italy to south.

Our Plan for the day

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I had my colleague from US who also came for this project. We both decided to visit the Lake Como on 16th Jan, Saturday.

Our Drive
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Its a one hour drive from our hotel. We started at 10:30am.

Motorway
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Took the motorway, paid the Toll and finally reached the city of Como at 11:45am.

Benvenuti A Como

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This time the GPS saved us a lot within the city. We drove through the city center. On the way we saw a brewing factor.

A pub, A restaurant with the Brew factory

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Stripped down Tree!

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We were just trying to find the water and followed the signs for it. Finally we saw the ferrys waiting for picking up people. Assuming we have reached the destination, we now searched for the parking. Parked the car and walked down to the Ferry starting point.

Lines of Trees

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The plan was to go to Bellagio, the next beautiful city around the lake. From there to go to two more places called Varenna and Mennagio. Basically there is nothing fancy in this place but a beautiful old european style villas and hotels facing the lake.

It will be a one hour travel in the Hydro-foil to Bellagio. And there was also some tours operated for oen hour. This tour will take you to surrounding places near como in ferry and drop you back to starting point.

Since we have already made up our mind to go to Bellagio, we took the ticket for the location. We had some 25min to spend before we had the Ferry. So, time for a coffee.

And this is a special shot in the coffee/bar.
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The moment I see the Ferry, my memories went back to Phi-Phi Island. And today, there is going to be one more memorable Ferry ride in the beautiful lake of the Italy.

Ready to start the Journey

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The weather was too much foggy and could not see anything. We were very worried to see that. But we still continued to take the ferry hoping for it to get better.

Ok, the ferry arrives, we board and pick the front two seats for a better view. Yes, hope. Its all hope that we will get the weather better.

From the moment the Ferry started, we were only clicking and clicking. Too many nice views. All the colorful building along the mountains as their backdrop and lake in front.

Random shots on the lake from Ferry

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Eventhough it was cloudy and foggy, we were able to get good views. But, if it had been more clear sky, it would have been a bonus.

We pass each stops and after like 20min, the weather completely changed. Sun started shining and everyone on board was happy and cheering out.

Happy???

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And ehre we arrive Bellaggio!

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Contd...
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Old 20th January 2010, 17:49   #18
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MJ,

Great travalogue and pictures..... go on. Sad you got ill, good that you recovered. Good to see that you got to enjoy sights of Milan and around in between your official work... nice company to work with.

Reminds me of my October Trip to Italy and Europe, noticed the Puntos too... too many of them all over and in UK too. Have a nice trip, keep clicking away and sharing.

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MJ,

Great travalogue and pictures..... go on. Sad you got ill, good that you recovered. Good to see that you got to enjoy sights of Milan and around in between your official work... nice company to work with.

Reminds me of my October Trip to Italy and Europe, noticed the Puntos too... too many of them all over and in UK too. Have a nice trip, keep clicking away and sharing.

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Thanks. Yes, I remember your Europe travelogue. but never thought I myself will be standing in one of those places

Will click more for sure and upload it here
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Old 21st January 2010, 11:08   #20
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We reached Bellagio in 50min.

Places to visit

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Welcome

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Romantic Destination

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It was a small hilly town. I was surprised to see all the shops closed over there. Eventhough its a tourist spot, most shops are closed for the weekend. Was wondering what these Europeans really do on weekends. Anywhere you go, they close their business and no where seen.

We had no maps or plans to see. So, just started to take a stroll around the town.

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We were attracted by the steps that was leading up to somewhere. We take it and reach the other roads and churches up hill. And finally we reached a point where it was no more way. That was an excellent and romantic location. See it for yourself.

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I did see some couples spending time over there. One of them was from Australia. Had a chat and left the place.

We took some pictures of the place (and not the couples!!!) and leave. While we were about to see, we see a UK couple coming to this place. Actually, we met them in the ferry. They started in a opposite direction and hence we said bye to them, walked down here only to see them coming back to this same place.

Then we walk back in search of some restaurant. Finally we found one opened. And we did see bunch of people sitting inside and enjoying lunch. No wonder, this was the only one open and hence all crowds here. And we see the Australian couples in there. We all were smiling each other quoting how small the world is.

By the time we ordered our lunch, we see the same UK couple back in the same restaurant. And everyone around was cheering and smiling when they said, they are following us. yes, indeed a small world. Is n't it?

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Then we took another ferry to Varenna. I see that many people take their car in the Ferry to go to the next town across the lake.

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When we reached Varenna, we were invited by an beautiful site. It was small and cute. And the cute little thingy was...

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Varenna was also a good town to take a stroll. We went around the town and took the next ferry to Menaggio.

Mennagio was actually a bigger city like the Como. We went around the city and visited one of the Church there. Did some shopping around and left for Como in the next Ferry.

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This is something I shot in the shop.

Innovative. Isn't it?
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And finally a good bye to Mennagio.
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It would be good to revisit this places in Summer. Hope to make it. Lets see.
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Mjothi, wonderful,just spend time oogling at the Cathedral pictures and also the narrations. Please do continue doing the good job. I hope the car keys are outside with you.. just to remind you of our predicatement back home in India.
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Mjothi, wonderful,just spend time oogling at the Cathedral pictures and also the narrations. Please do continue doing the good job. I hope the car keys are outside with you.. just to remind you of our predicatement back home in India.
Ya, you are right. But this is just a phone call away.
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Mmm, i have just been with you on the ferry ride. Move on, nice pictures...enjoy!
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Mmm, i have just been with you on the ferry ride. Move on, nice pictures...enjoy!
Well that's all I had for the travelogue details.

May be pics, yes plenty

Here are some more of them for now..

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Is that only me, or anyone else feel this looks like a Transformer!!!

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Thank you very much for the pictures!
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Man are you already on the flight back?
Lets talk about the travelogue in person
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Nice pics there. What Merc is that BTW? A-class coupe, right?

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Nice pics there. What Merc is that BTW?
The black one?
That's their A class, the hatch back.

But smart in that design - absolutely funny
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Man are you already on the flight back?
Lets talk about the travelogue in person
Yes sir. Lots to discuss. When is the only question?

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Nice pics there. What Merc is that BTW? A-class coupe, right?
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The black one?
That's their A class, the hatch back.

But smart in that design - absolutely funny
Initially I was wondering what car was that. First seeing the Smart in a different avatar.
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Some random pics of the Milan, Duomo and around.

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This 3rd pics is a interesting spot. You had a booth near to this. And they were promoting the new year calender from some Bank or something. And this is given ONLY to couples. And the catch is, you both are suppose to stand on this stage, and do kiss, they take pics and you are "awarded" with one calender.

I was initially laughing at this thinking who will come. But the few minutes it took for me to pass this place made me feel i was wrong. There were almost continuous couples coming, kissing and going with a calender. Interesting. Good to see no "Moral Polic Officeres" present there like in some place of India.
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Golden Cage - but for the boots, purse etc.

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If I am right, these were the cheapest I found there.

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Flowers, let it be called in any name!

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official soccer store

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