I'm staying in the small town of Dervio on the northeast side of the lake. I wouldn't call this a tourist town. I haven't been able to find even one shop. There are a couple of supermarkets, a handful of bars and restaurants, a tabacchi, a small bakery, and a fruit and vegetable vendor whose store is on the ground floor of my building. When I arrived on Sunday, there were a few people sailing on the lake and sunning in the local park, but when I went back on Monday, I was the only person in the park for over an hour and there were no boats on the lake! So I just sat and enjoyed the view and the fresh mountain air and counted my blessings..
There are dozens of little towns around the lake. I visited three of them and, again, none of them had the usual plethora of shops you find in almost every tourist spot in Italy....very surprising. I took a train to the nearest town of Bellano, where I caught a ferry to the two other towns I visited.
This is Menaggio, where I took a long walk along the lake and enjoyed the views and the bacio and coco gelato!
It made me a little homesick to see the Stars and Stripes fluttering in the breeze.
As usual, I found an interesting tree. Maybe Di, my friend in Brisbane, can tell me what it is.
This house in Varenna was completely covered in green.
Imagine living this close to a beautiful lake that's surrounded by mountains. I hope these people know how blessed they are.
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