I think I might finally have figured out how to post photos now using Flicker! Here is a small variety of our stay in Levanto, a town north of the Cinque Terre. I picked this town so we would be travelling the the 5 villages by train against the travelers coming in from the cruise ships and found it was a good decision. We stayed at a B&B and the bed was the finest bed I have ever slept on! So comfortable. I told them when we left that I wished that I could roll it up and take it with me. We spent 3 nights in Levanto after arriving in Milan where we picked up our rental vehicle. It was about a 3 hour drive.
We then drove to Lake Garda and stayed in the town of Malcesine for 4 nights. This was a unusual hotel that had unique features and brightly colored rooms and hallways. They had a marvelous restaurant on site. The hotel was right on the boardwalk and was about a 10 minute walk to the pedestrian town center. The lake and pool were quite cool but my husband did manage a swim. We also took the gondola up Mount Baldo where we watched the paragliders, took a hike and had lunch. But just one more from the Cinque Terre.
Well, you two certainly know how to live the good life! This is a treat of a report, Mich ~ the mellow colors of the buildings, those sweet old-fashioned beds, that alarming crucifixion figure, and the mountains. The sky and water views are out of this world. I see you got a very green bathroom in one place. Looks like you all ate very well. What are those animals in the next-to-the-last picture -- alpaca?
Thank you Bixa! We indeed had a very green bathroom, I think our friends room had a purple bathroom. Those are indeed alpaca, you could take one for a walk for a fee. There was also a hut that sold scarves and socks made from their wool which made excellent Christmas presents for our parents.
Now that I have figured out how to post again, I will have to load all of our photos and I will post a larger selection and will also include Venice and Milan in the following days.
Finally have some time today to apply some additional photos from our holiday!
Once we arrived in Venice we were able to give back our rental vehicle. I was especially pleased that I had taken the time before departing Canada to research where the drop off was located and to follow the route on google earth. We were able to locate the gas station before the causeway exit, refueled and spotted the rental car office quite easily.
We headed for the Tourist Office and bought our 3 day water bus passes and then we were on our way to our hotel/apartment. We got off at the Rialto stop. I think everyone was a bit overwhelmed where to go next, but I had walked the route on google earth so I knew where we were headed, a quick 3-4 minute walk down a few streets/alleys then crossed over a small bridge and found the tiny sign on the door of our rental. We had a 2 bedroom rental with a lounging area and kitchen separating the two rooms with each had a bathroom/toilet. The one room also a had a washer and dryer. We purposely packed lighter because we knew we had this option of doing a few loads of laundry to freshen up.
We spent the days wandering the island, visiting the island of Murano and had a enjoyed a lovely meal together with Tod2 and her dashing husband.