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542 Steps

At least I will burn off the gelati

sunny 24 °C

We have enjoyed a week in Moltrasio and tomorrow we head off to Menaggio. The steps - all 542 of them from the ferry to the apartment - have kept us fit and certainly helped to burn off the gelati we have consumed. Highlights of the week have been:

  • Ferry to Tremezzo where we walked through beautiful gardens, visited Villa Carlotta and enjoyed delicious gelati. Played in a playground at the back of a beautiful church villa.
  • Several visits to Como on the ferry where we walked the streets, sorted out the Internet, found a fantastic pool (in front of Villa Olmo) and once again enjoyed more gelati.
  • Lunch at Ristorante Castiglionie - www.castiglionistore.com - which I had stumbled across. Beautiful salmon, salad, lasagne, veal, dolci, beer, soft drinks fo the grand total of $45.00.
  • Dinner at Torno in the sunny courtyard, pizza, ravioli (homemade) with cheese, butter and sage.
  • Ferry to Cernobbio - a place with many grand villas and flash hotels. Found a fantastic place for coffee and pastries, stood like true Italians although a lot less stylish.
  • Getting into the Italian way of life of siestas after lunch and closed shops.
  • Practising our Italian; dove, quanta costa, quattro biglietti per Como per favore, vorrei un gelato chocolato e fragole.


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Singapore - Milan - Moltrasio

Our first Italian coffee and panini.

sunny 22 °C

After a long flight that left Singapore at 1.30 am we arrived in Milan 12 hours later. Lugging our bags to the platform we then caught the train from Milano to Saronno where we needed to change trains for Como. The train stations are not easy with four bags to lug downstairs and up. We missed our connecting train by 5 minutes. We filled in the hour by eating panini, drinking coffee, and chatting to some travelling New Zealanders. Train to Como and then Taxi to Moltrasio. Except where was the apartment as there was no number? Eventually we found it thanks to the landlady (Rachel) turning up, and we settled in, enjoyed the view and had a big sleep. A walk down to the water in the afternoon to enjoy un vino and un gelati for the kids. Shopping at the local shop for our food for the week. Interesting process with our rusty Italian.

What a view to wake up to!

What a view to wake up to!

Where is the apartment?

Where is the apartment?

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Sights and Sounds of Singapore

A few tours

sunny 32 °C

We have quickly adapted to the Singapore way of life and enjoyed the following attractions and activities:

  • Zoo (fantastic and beautifully laid out - highlights : Elephant rides, animal shows, lots of greenery and free roaming monkeys).
  • Singapore Flyer (fab views).
  • Food.
  • Swimming and shopping.
  • Boat ride and dinner on the harbour.




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Slumming it in the Ritz Carlton

But it's all down hill from here.

sunny 33 °C

Well, we managed to rationalise a household of goods into four bags and amazingly enough we were under the baggage limit. Our 11.15 flight to Singapore was smooth and it was lovely to arrive in 30 deg heat and have an evening swim. Slumming it in the Ritz Carlton - not bad.

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