After leaving Verona, we continued to the lakes area of Italy which includes Lake Como, which seems to be the most famous because George Clooney has a house there, and Lake Maggiore, where we were going.
As we got off the toll road, our first views of Lake Maggiore were beautiful. Our big bus was on a small road that paralleled the lake’s shoreline and the views got better and better as we approached our hotel. The Alps were all around the lake. Truly beautiful. Then there we were at The Regina Palace Hotel, which was the most elegant of ALL the hotels we have stayed at.
After checking in, we unpacked, changed for dinner and went to the lobby to enjoy the views. A pianist was playing in the corner and there was so much to see including the lush décor and several collections…. Tea cups, pipes and other things.
Dinner at the hotel was wonderful but afterwards, we were tired from our travels and headed to our room.
The next morning we headed to Switzerland, which was an interesting drive through small villages all along the shoreline of Lake Maggiore. When we arrived, Locarno, Switzerland looked a lot like Italy but with a Swiss chocolate shop. We spent time walking through town checking out the shops and then headed to the lakeshore where the locals were all walking their dogs and enjoying a beautiful day.
When we returned to our hotel, we toured the gardens of the hotel and pool area and then walked a few blocks to the town of Stresa with its narrow streets and shops. We had a late lunch at a local spot and continued window shopping. Then we walked back to the hotel on the lake front and even went down to the beach. When we arrived back at the hotel, there was a group of Victorian dancers giving lessons. They looked perfect in the front of this beautiful hotel. What a great day in a beautiful area…. But it wasn’t over yet.
Tonight would be our farewell dinner on Fisherman Island, one of the few islands in Lake Maggiore. But before dinner, we walked down to the town of Stresa for a food tasting event at one of the local shops. What fun tasting lots of the packaged goods and wines that they sell, while having it all explained to us. Definitely a delicious stop.
Then we walked over to the lake and took our private boat over to the island. Our dinner was served outside and it was the perfect evening for our last meal together.
Since many of us would be leaving at different times in the morning, we all said our goodbyes and especially, our thank you’s to Giuseppe and Antonio who made our travels so great.
Tomorrow we leave the hotel at 5:45 a.m. heading to Milan to catch our flight home. Luckily, Antonio would be our driver for our last travels of the tour.
It would be a LONG flight home with a 10 hour flight to JFK, a 5 hour layover and then a 4 hour flight to Austin. THEN an hour ride back to Sun City.
But it gave us plenty of time to talk about our trip and all the wonderful experiences we had.
Thank you Collette Travel for planning such a wonderful tour and our biggest thanks to Giuseppe, our guide, for make every day so special.