Switzerland and Italy in a week

Old Mar 6th, 2012, 10:00 PM
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Como is larger than Stresa. Stresa is small, picturesque, has a train station (from where you can walk to your hotel) and it is very close to Isola Bella with its beautiful palace and garden. I would stay in Stresa.
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 12:41 AM
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Reading all this I had about convinced myself I could do a "day trip" to Venice... leave at 6 and come back by midnight. BUT there's no late train that isn't an overnight.

Any other way to do it? (OK, I'm totally crazy insane, but I'm in love with Brunetti... Brunetti's Venice: Walks with the City's Best-Loved Detective)

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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 06:32 AM
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BBTTB, your analogy is incorrect. You prefer moving to a different restaurant across town for each course. Whereas most of the rest of us prefer eating the whole meal in one good restaurant (and maybe having dessert and coffee in another one). Then trying another restaurant for our next meal.
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 04:01 PM
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Mimar, you are right. That is an even better analogy. If I only had one night in a town, knew I might never be able to come back, and really wanted to experience at least a little of several restaurants, I would do that. However, I have complete respect for the "savoring one experience fully" option too. Its a personal preference.

Sooo - since you, TravelinFeet, are in the same situation I've found myself in several times, and am about to be in again (I promise - if I manage to retire with money and health I will travel the "right" way) I have a question:

You mentioned arriving in Venice at 6:00. You likely already clarified and I'm sorry I missed it, but I'm assuming you mean 6:00 am?

The reason I ask - I arrived in Venice by train about or 1 or 2 pm and stayed through the following morning, leaving at 10:00 am. It is a wonderful memory. If you arrive early, you can see the "boat equivalent" of work trucks and the residents headed off for their day, hop the "bus" down the main waterway, enjoy a meal near St. Pauls and catch a glimpse of the evening world (romantic Gondolas etc)before hopping on your train back. If you mean 6:00 pm - even if there were late trains - you would miss the daytime Venice in full swing, and that would be sad. Still, when it comes to Venice, fifteen minutes is better than not at all (in my opinion.)

I also did Lake Como in a day - we had enough time for the boat ride a good way down, had lunch in a beautiful little town, and went back. It was worth the effort.

Sounds like you and your fiancee have very compatible traveling styles. That is a wonderful blessing. My husband and I don't. I vacation with my husband (stay long at one place and relax) and go on adventures with my siblings.
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