Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Highlights of Stresa/Isola Bella

We went with Vanni to a small town outside of Milano. The destination was Stresa. There we hopped aboard a boat to visit the isles in the middle of the lake. We spent a lot of time walking around the castle/palace on Isola Bella.

We ate some good Italian food in a nice quaint restaurant.

The island of Isola Bella from the boat.

Just a reminder of where we were headed.

Being a medieval village at one point, Isola Bella has it's share of narrow streets.

Enjoying the view of a nobleman.

Enjoying the view of a noblewoman.

The gardens were elaborately decorated.

They even had a greenhouse.

This was a quiet fishing island near Isola Bella.

People here lead a rustic lifestyle. Mostly restaurants that cater to tourists.

Hmmm. What is the meaning of life?

Sitting on the dock of the bay...

Unfortunately, we missed the last boat back and had to pay extra to get a "water taxi" back. Heed our warning and ask the staff when the last boat leaves because the signage can be misleading.

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