Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
So our 7th, and last, day in Italy was another rainy one, but we found the perfect activity for it- taking the ferry all the way down the lake. Lake Como is much bigger than I originally thought, and the ride from our end of the lake all the way to the town of Como took about two hours. But it was worth it! It was so neat to see all the little towns. Chris took so many pictures, I'm only going to post a few here. Maybe in one of them we captured George Clooney's house!
Heading over to the ferry ticket office where we bought round trip tickets. Once we got to Como and realized how long it took to go down the lake, we upgraded our tickets to use the high-speed ferry on our way back.
There is one small island in the middle of Lake Como. There are a few things on it, including a restaurant, and apparently it is a favorite hangout of George Clooney. We were convinced we'd see George on the trip...but no such luck. Oh well!
Still on the ferry...almost to Como!
A street in Como. Bellagio and some of the other towns we visited along the lake had a very old world quality to them, but Como itself is a bustling city.
We picked a fabulous place for our last dinner in Italy. All the other places we went, whether in Capri or Bellagio, had English on their menu or a separate menu in English. This place did not but it was really, really good! Chris and I make risotto a lot but we always use a white wine. I got the most amazing red wine risotto here that Chris and I can't wait to try and recreate at home. Chris' meal was fresh pasta, peas, and prosciutto...delicious! It was the perfect way to end our honeymoon.
After all the trains, buses, and ferries, Chris decided to hire a car to take us to the airport the next morning. Though I had to stop the driver once and ask him to let me sit up front with him (those windy mountain roads were rough!) we made it to the airport right on time. Our flight back to New York was non-stop with no delays. We were back to NY in no time! Well, maybe not no time...more like 9 hours! Here we are at the airport in Milan just about to board the plane. We were still full from our big dinner the night before...can you tell from Chris' face?
And, our first stop once we were back in CT was to pick up Bailey from Marta's Vineyard where he was staying. That is one happy cocker spaniel!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Another great meal! This was lunch and we met another nice couple from California. They were just starting out their SEVENTEEN DAY tour of Italy. Phew!! I wonder how they made out.
Thankfully I did remember to pack the umbrella.
Chris decided to get tea. You can't see it in the picture, but that couple behind us had their dog with them. Absolutely beautiful and perfectly behaved. We saw a lot of well-behaved dogs in Italy...wonder how Bailey would have done?
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Hello! Sorry for yet another long break in blogging, but we have been busy celebrating a few graduations! Last week we drove up to Burlington, VT for Chris' sister Caroline's graduation from St. Michael's College. Then we drove down to Washington D.C. to watch Chris' cousin Jill graduate from Georgetown University. And, although we weren't able to attend, my cousin Nathan graduated from high school last weekend also! So CONGRATULATIONS to all of you! We are so proud! :)
Day 4 of the honeymoon was our last day in Capri (though it was just a half day) and there wasn't a cloud in the sky!! Here we are enjoying our last breakfast...I miss Antonio's scrambled eggs already...
At the top of the Via Kruppe, one last time
View of Capri from the center of the town, right before we took the funicolare back down to the marina.
This was a very old castle in Naples right by the marina. We had just gotten off the ferry from Capri and were trying to figure out how to get to the bus stop, so that we could take a bus to the train station, so that we could hop on a train to Milan. Thanks to one of our guide books we found the bus stop, but unfortunately it failed to mention that you can't buy a ticket once you're actually on the bus! So, after a very stressful bus ride where we were holding our breath that someone wouldn't ask to see tickets that we didn't have, we jumped off the bus as soon as we reached the train station. It all worked out. :)
After an afternoon of hanging around the Naples train station we were finally boarding our overnight train!! We had McDonald's before we boarded because the train station didn't have many options. Still, Italian McDonald's wasn't bad. Along with a typical chicken sandwich, we got curly fries (don't have those here) and a caramel sundae...complete with crushed biscotti cookies on top!
Here's the start of Day 5!! We arrived safely in Milan. I probably woke up about every 2 hours on the train, checked to make sure my new wedding ring was still on my finger (it always was!) and then went back to sleep. We had about an hour layover in Milan, then it was off to Varenna for the second half of our trip!
In Varenna!! We were waiting for the ferry that would take us across Lake Como to Bellagio. Doesn't my husband look handsome here? After sleeping on a train, too! :)
We met a great couple from California on the ferry ride over. They could tell we were on our honeymoon and wanted to give us some friendly advice since they'd been married over 30 years! And after knowing each other just three weeks. :) The husband grew up in the Bronx, which isn't far from us, and he took this picture for us as we arrived at the dock in Bellagio.
Enjoying a cappucino by Lake Como
So beautiful!! Never mind the clouds, they stayed there for the rest of our trip, but we still had a fantastic time.
This was our hotel! We stayed at the Hotel Florence and it was perfect.
Monday, May 11, 2009
We spent a lot of our second full day in Italy in the town of Anacapri, the other town on the island. After breakfast, we took the funicolare (kind of like a trolley or a monorail) down to the Marina to go on a private boat tour around the island. Chris found the company Capri Relax Boats and our boat driver, Nuncio, was so nice and did a wonderful job. The tour took us completely around the island and into all the little grottos (caves) of the coastline. We even saw wild goats up on one of the hills! I loved it.
After the boat tour we took the bus to Anacapri. We had lunch in one of the squares and then took the Montesolaro Chairlift up to the top of Mount Solaro. It was kind of like a skilift but for one person at a time. The chairlift ride itself was incredible, but the views from the top were even more amazing! Definitely something you shouldn't miss if you're going to Capri.
Chris and Nuncio at the end of the boat ride. When Nuncio hopped up on the seat Chris started to follow him, but Nuncio asked Chris to stay down. I guess he didn't want to look so short next to my tall husband! :)
Lunch in Anacapri. A delicious tomato, mozarella, and basil panini for just 3 euros...delicious AND a bargain.
One of the views from the top of Mount Solaro
Before we started down the steps. See Capri in the background? That's where we're going!
We had a great dinner at a restaurant in Capri. When we walked in I was pretty sure we were the only people in the place speaking English, which is always a good sign that the food will be REALLY good. And it was. :) I had another gnocchi dish (I just can't enough of those potato dumplings) but Chris wanted to try something he might not be able to find many other places- grilled squid. And he loved it!
After dinner we walked around the main square in Capri. And, of course, we had to get another gelato. Have I mentioned yet how much I absolutely love hazelnut gelato??
Ciao to another great day in Italy!