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Has anyone stayed at the Hotel du Lac in Menaggio? (Or Grand Hotel Menaggio?)

Has anyone stayed at the Hotel du Lac in Menaggio? (Or Grand Hotel Menaggio?)

Feb 14th, 2009, 02:32 PM
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NYTCS - Yes, we do have experience driving in Italy, and even in a 9 passenger van. With that said, I still don't look forward to it on small roads - On our last trip, we drove all over Tuscany, but dropped off the car when we got to Amalfi - and I'm glad we did.

It sounds like Varenna is doable. Once we get there, I don't expect to drive the car at all - until it's time to leave
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Feb 14th, 2009, 07:25 PM
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""windy" like "curvy," not "windy" as in strong winds"

Good grief. I don't believe the verb "wind" [wahynd] has a [wahynd-y] version. Either the roads are winding, sinuous, twisting, turning, or tortuous but they are not "windy."

"Yes, we do have experience driving in Italy"

That's a good thing.
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Feb 15th, 2009, 08:12 AM
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Well, I knew what the poster meant.
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Feb 15th, 2009, 11:25 AM
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As an adjective, twisty is an acceptable version of "to twist." Winding is the adjective form of the verb "to wind," as in the long and winding road. No matter how you conjugate wind (as in wind your Rolex), the adjective "windy" requires wind, even if it's flatulence, and the adjective tends to include some measure of velocity.

"Well, I knew what the poster meant."

I hear that often happens on multi-lingual boards. Telepathy is not among my many talents. I hope the OP will be using a dictionary in Italy.
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Feb 15th, 2009, 11:59 AM
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PSG: We were happy at the GH Victoria but only after a change of rooms. The single room I was given was really depressing. I was upgraded to a lovely room for a small supplement after letting them know that I could not spend 4 nights in the single! (and I rarely change my alloted room in a hotel) My friends also changed rooms and ended up, finally, in another of their nicest doubles. The hotel is quite unique and it grew on us and the days passed.


It sounds as if you are not leaning toward the Victoria at this time so I will not give you any more details except to say that they have a large, free parking lot that could easily hold a van. They also have a lovely pool but it is in the rear, and so not on the lake.

If you want more details, just ask. If you have lots of free time, you can read the latter part of this report with info on my first visit to Lake Como.


http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=35160904

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Feb 15th, 2009, 01:33 PM
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"Winding is the adjective form of the verb "to wind," as in the long and winding road."

As long as the grammar police are on duty, "winding" in this example is a gerund.

Whatever. As this is just a travel forum, I can interpret windy as curvy when taken in the context of a posting about a road, and I'm not multi-lingual or telepathic.

BTW, National Grammar Day is March 4th. Here's a quiz that's more interesting than debating "windy" v. "winding."

http://www.newsobserver.com/content/...z35.index.html


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Feb 16th, 2009, 05:00 AM
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After all - we decided on the Du Lac in Varenna. I received confirmation this morning that they can take us. Thanks for the many recommendations...
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Feb 16th, 2009, 05:15 AM
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It is a lovely hotel. I just remembered the place I mentioned earlier; it is very close to the Du Lac. It is the Hotel Villa Cipressi.
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Feb 16th, 2009, 05:26 AM
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The du Lac in Varenna is a great choice. You will love it.
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