We’ve travelled to the European continent and find ourselves in a small little village in the town of Varenna, Italy on beautiful Lago di Como. This little town is only about a mile long, most consisting of restaurants, hotels,  and high end exclusive homes, all along the water. Life is quiet here, and people come to relax and unwind by the lake, swim in the cool crystal waters, and enjoy boating. The lake is not very wide, which makes it oh so nice to look across at all the cute little other lakeside towns, but it’s long, so there are many car ferries taking autos from one side to the other.

Hotel Royal Victoria, where we are staying, in right in the center of town next to the village’s charming church, which chimes the dawn of the day at 6am with its ancient bells resonating through the town.  Our room overlooks the lake and is a perfect spot to enjoy the serenity and color of this place.

Center of town with our hotel on the right

They have constructed a walking path all along the water’s edge, with restaurants sprinkled in between to give you the perfect setting for dining.  We had a ham and mushroom crepe covered with Parmesan cheese and a béchamel sauce, and I have to say, that was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten for breakfast. One can see how artists, such as Howard Behrens, were so inspired by the little villages of Italy.  They are so picturesque and colorful.  This is definitely a place to revisit to just unwind and soak up the beauty…and Chuck jumped into the lake with me not having to tell him to…

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