Lake Como 2012

A very enjoyable holiday taken in August 2012.
  • Cernobbio  View from the Regina Olga Hotel room, Cernobbio
  • Zooming in  Zooming in on the bell tower
  • The bell tower  The bell tower, close-up
  • Piazza  Close to the our hotel; the walk to the lake.
  • Dave  The photographer photographed! (by Ruth = 'R')
  • Isola Bella  Isola Bella in Lake Maggiore, from Stresa
  • Hydangeas  Amazing hydrangeas at Stresa.
  • Sresa  Stresa & Lake Maggiore.
  • Bernina Express  The Bernina Express which took us to St. Moritz
  • Glacier1  Glacier, from the train.
  • Glacier2  More glaciers.
  • Alps  Awesome Alps!
  • Engineering  Impressive machinery too. . .
  • St Moritz1  Both the town and the lake are called St. Moritz.
  • St Moritz2  St. Moritz.
  • St Moritz3  St. Moritz.
  • St Moritz4  St. Moritz.
  • St Moritz5  St. Moritz.
  • St Moritz6  St. Moritz  (with Rosebay Willowherb).
  • Lake Como1  On Lake Como, on our way to Villa Balbianello.
  • Lake Como2  Still on the lake.
  • Lake Como3
  • Lake Como4
  • Lake Como5  There are some wonderful waterfront properties. . .
  • Lake Como6
  • Lake Como7
  • Lake Como8
  • Lake Como9
  • Church
  • Branson1  Some belong to famous people, like Richard Branson's, here.
  • Branson2
  • Cliffs
  • Villa1  Our first view of Villa Balbianello.
  • Villa2  The next several slides are of Villa Balbianello. . .
  • Villa3
  • Villa4
  • Silvia  Our guide for the villa, Silvia.
  • Villa5
  • Villa6
  • Tree
  • Bellagio  Our ferry comes in to take us 'home' from Bellagio.
  • Bellagio2
  • Villa7  And we pass the Villa again.
  • Lugano  (Next day) Coming in to Lugano.
  • Last Supper1  'The Last Supper', not by da Vinci but Bernardino Luini, in the Church of Saint Mary of the Angels, Lugano.
  • Last Supper2  Bernardino Luini was an Italian Renaissance artist who was born in a small town on Lake Maggiore.
  • Murals  Amazing murals.
  • Fountains  Fountains in Lugano.
  • Dance  The music of Edy Dopireak. . .
  • Dance2  . . . and an impromptu dance by a future ballerina.
  • Bell Tower  The bell tower known as 'Campanone' (Big Bell) in Bergamo. It strikes 100 times at 10pm!
  • Statue  It's alive!
  • Statue2  So is this.
  • IMG 0731  The chuches in Bergamo are amazing; but many close from 12.00 tp 15.00, which is a shame. . .
  • From bell tower1  Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo, seen from the Bell Tower.
  • From bell tower2  Views from the Bell Tower.
  • From bell tower3
  • From bell tower4  Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
  • Iain  Ruth and Scottish friend Iain.
  • Bergamo  Preparing to leave Bergamo.
  • Lighthouse1  View from Volta's Lighthouse, Como.
  • Lighthouse2  The lake, from Como.
  • Lighthouse3  Alessandro Volta's Lighthouse, or Faro, St. Maurizio, Como.
  • Lighthouse4  Entrance to the Lighthouse (closed).
  • Funicular  The funicular railway, Como. We walked from the top to the Lighthouse – strenuous!
  • Plane1  From the plane flying home I still had wonderful views of the Alps.
  • Plane2  You could almost touch them. . .
  • Plane3