A week in Bellagio

Aug 4th, 2005, 03:00 PM
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A couple of years ago, my wife and I visited Bellagio. During our visit, we stopped by the church on top of the hill, behind the town. On the way down the hill, we had to go down a few large flights of steps, diectly going down from the church. We saw a deli type store about one hundred feet to the right of the second landing of the steps as we were descending. We stopped in and we realized what a pleasant place this was. They had a large selection of cheeses, wines, cold cuts, etc. We also noticed a woman in the rear of the store in a kitchen. We asked, and found out that she would cook meals made to order. We looked at the menu and saw a large selection. She would cook the meals, and they would be ready at specific times. I ordered gnocci, and my wife ordered spaghetti Bolognese. We also ordered cheeses,
a bottle of wine and home made tiramasu. The price was unbelievably low. At the prescribed time that evening, we went to the store and picked up our food. It was prepared in aluminum dishes with accompanying stainless utensils, napkins, a bottle opener, plastic wine cups, condiments, etc. We were also given a nice large paper tablecloth. We then went down by Lake Como, spread out our feast and had a fantastic dinner AL FRESCO. Believe me, that lady knows how to cook. Needless to say, we went to that place a few times again and were never disappointed, as a matter of fact, we were ecstatic. I don't even know the name of the place, I only know its' location. I certainly will go there again if I visit Bellagio, which is probably the prettiest town in Italy.
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Aug 4th, 2005, 03:06 PM
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Wow! That sounds great, Waldo! We were yearning for something like that during our stay in Bellagio. If we go again...I'll be sure to try to find this place!
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Aug 4th, 2005, 03:20 PM
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For what it's worth, there are actually two laundries (not strictly speaking laundromats, since they do the wash/dry for you, you don't do it yourself) -- one charges by weight, the other by item. Sorry I can't now remember precisely the two names, but they're within a block or so of each other up the hill just beyond S. Giacomo on the way out to the point.

The one by weight is cheaper but they'll cram things in together; the one by the piece is more expensive by quite a bit but they'll iron and fold stuff.
Aug 5th, 2005, 06:32 AM
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Hi, Judi! I was drawn to your link to the photographs of Bellagio, and then I moseyed over to the Swiss albums, and lo! I didn't realized you were "that Judi"! I don't think I had ever seen your Lago Maggiore views. Gerra-Gambarogno is the epitome of undiscovered villages, but my heart skipped a beat when I saw your photograph from the lakeboat. I also really enjoyed the pictures of Sachseln and vicinity. Gilswil looks like it has my name written all over it. Did you notice Lungern? Later, with envy for your yearly trips! J.
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Aug 5th, 2005, 10:13 AM
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Wonderful report and pictures on your photo site, Judi!
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Aug 5th, 2005, 03:13 PM
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Thanks, all, for your kind words.

Caroline, we are not beach people so can't help you there.

Waldo, thanks for the interesting comments about your take-away dinners. That is good information!

Cassandra, you are correct; it was a laundry, not a laundromat where we took our clothes. We were charged by the kilo and they were neatly folded.

And J, dear, I am glad you peeked at my Switzerland albums. You know K and I went to Gerra-Gamborogno in your honor! In September we went to Lungern as well. That part of Switzerland is beautiful! You may not be at all interested in Argentina but it was a fabulous trip! We're off to Spain once again in October. It is about time for you to be back at school; I hope you have a terrific year!

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Feb 19th, 2006, 06:11 AM
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Your photos are awesome!! I have already printed out one of Santa Margherita Ligure which is going in my trip planning file for the French & Italian Riviera. I am trying to decide what else I can fit in on this trip and am also thinking about Lake Como 'cause it looks SO pretty. I saw that a couple of people posted here about Gwen Stefani's "Cool" video being filmed there but am wondering if anyone can tell me exactly where it was filmed on Lake Como (what towns) and what some of the places are that are in the video. Everytime I watch that video, I just want to pack my bags. I'm thinking about taking Easycruise in the Mediterranean in Sept/Oct and read that I can take a bus to SML but haven't even started trying to figure out where exactly in Lake Como I want to go and/or how I'll get there. I do not want to rent a car as I willbe travelling alone and have no desire to try to navigate by myself in a country where I don't even speak the language. That would be way too stressful. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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Feb 20th, 2006, 10:25 PM
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Thanks so much, Judi. We are finding we are going on an unexpected trip to Italy in June (we always find ourselves going back, even though we are building a new house and moving to a new state in May, so we thought we wouldn't travel much this year beyond our already planned Ireland trip, and trip to India and Bhutan in November)...but alas Italy is beckoning. We are meeting up with some friends and because of plane routing we are finding we are going to have 4 extra days after Milan, and we had just discussed going to the the Lake District to celebrate our "extra days" since we have been to Italy so many times but haven't spent time up at Como yet. I mentioned Bellagio to my husband just last night, and your info is very helpful!
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Feb 28th, 2007, 08:58 AM
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Don't know if any of the previous posters will see this, so long after the original postings, but I want to say "thank you", to Judy especially, and to Waldo and all the others who posted such very helpful information. I know it will make a difference when we visit paradise, I mean Lake Como/Bellagio, in May. Thank you.
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