You've heard about the amazing hotel Glenn found for us in Varenna after Kathy decided this was the first place we should stay. Some people have asked what a funicular is (you'll remember we needed two of these to get to our rooms) so here is a photo.
|Kathy and Keith going up in the funicular.|
|Meryl and Kathy blogging on the terrace.|
|An evening view from the terrace.|
|Lovely flowers along the foreshore of Lake Lugano.|
|Looking back to the promenade of Ascona.|
|Ascona was quite arty.|
We drove along the shores of Lake Maggiore to Stresa and took a ferry to the Borromean Islands including Isola Bella and Isola Madre. Have a look.
|Gardens and statues on Isola Bella.|
|View of Isola Bella from the ferry.|
|We had lunch on Isola Pescatori.|
And now to Lake Orta. A bit tricky to find our hotel and to drive the car down through streets barely wider than the car to drop off the luggage but it is gorgeous. We settled into our very satisfactory apartment on the square before heading to dinner. Kathy and Glenn had the veal with gorgonzola and nuts at the Olina Restaurant associated with our accommodation and although Keith and I loved our gnocchi and fish we have to go back tonight so Keith and I can have the divine veal. Their breakfast won our best breakfast in Europe award.
|From the main square looking to the island.|
|The island from the ferry.|
|The square at night.|
PS Did you see Keith and I in one of the photos?