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Saturday, October 18, 2014

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Dear Readers,

Stresa Sights is on vacation for the next couple of weeks.

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We'll be back soon with more posts and information!

Monday, October 13, 2014

History: Three Historic Statues Along The Lungolago


I took advantage of a dramatic sky one morning, using it as a backdrop for photos of these three bronze statues found close to each other in the center of the Lungolago. I call these three the historic statues,  both because they are among the oldest of the statues along the lake, and because, in contrast to the ones I call the artistic statues, each of these commemorates a significant event or time in Stresa's past.

Let's begin with the above statue, which is the one closest to the Carciano side of the Lungolago, approximately in front of the Hotel des Iles Borromees.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

History: Lido Carciano - How It Once Was



I am absolutely fascinated by this set of postcards depicting the Lido at Carciano. The images, including some renderings, are from the beginning to Pre-WWII 1900s. They show a Lido you may not have known had existed; a wonderland of a beach, with so many attractions and a dream of a restaurant, suspended high above the lake on stilts. Take a look at what you would have seen and done if you had visited around 1920. All the pictures have been copied from the blog Archivio Iconografico del Verbano Cusio Ossola, with the captions as they were presented, auto-translated into English. There is Isola Bella, unchanged, and perhaps you can spot other familiar landmarks in the area, such as the granite quarry on the Baveno mountain, to place where you are. 
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Reader's Mail: When Is Mass At The Church In Stresa?


A few readers have asked about mass times at the main church in Stresa, SS Ambrogio and Theodulo. This is the large church across from the boat station parking lot, across from the bus stop, where on one corner the Alibus pick-up stop also is located. In other words, it is the church used often as a landmark.

But for those of you who wish to use it for more than a landmark, take a look on the main doors when walking past. The mass times are posted on the door.


Translation:

Sundays and Holidays: 
8:30
11:00
6:00 pm (18:00)

Weekdays: (Monday through Friday)
6:00 pm (18:00)

Saturdays:
6:00 pm  (18:00)

Recitation of the Rosary:
5:30 pm (17:30)

Mass at the church in the village of Passera: Every Sunday at 9:30

Mass at the church at Collegio Rosmini (SS Crocefisso):
Weekdays at 6:30 (18:30)

The hours for confession are also posted on the door:



Translation:

Hours for the confessions:
The priest is present for confessions with the following availability:
Each weekday, 1/2 hour before mass, from 5:30 to 6:00 pm (17:30 to 18:00)
Saturdays from 5:00 to 5:45 pm (17:00 to 17:45)
Sundays from 10:00 to 11:00 
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

News: Stresa Remembers 9/11


Two days ago I had the honor of attending the memorial ceremony at the 9/11 monument in Stresa. Here are some photos I took during the solemn, deeply moving service. 

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Monday, September 8, 2014

News: National Geographic Recommends Stresa For Fall Travel



This was just brought to my attention. Here's Stresa, featured in National Geographic Travel, as one of their Best Fall Trips 2014. They write about visiting in September and October, when crowds start to diminish, and they highlight visiting the Borromeo Islands.


Good, basic information; Stresa is blissfully out of the spotlight compared to Lake Como, they say, and I agree that is true. So we keep it our little secret, yes? At least a little while longer. Read what they had to say:   
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Shopping: Thursday Craft Market



Sharing some photos I took last evening as we strolled along the Lungolago after dinner, checking out the crafts, foods, and wares for sale in the market stalls. This Thursday craft market has been running all summer; I'm not certain how far into the autumn it will continue. 


The market runs along the lake, from the boat station down to just past the ristorante Lido Blu across from the Regina Palace Hotel. It starts in the afternoon, and runs until late evening. During dinnertime, when we were here, it was calm.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Event: World Championship Fireworks 2014


This is beautiful Omegna, a small city just 25 minutes by car from Stresa. Here's a bunch of photos from last weekend when we came here for the San Vito festival, which takes place every year at the end of August. The highlight is the fireworks exhibition, part of the World Championship of Fireworks, which features a series of fireworks shows in different locations around the area. 

First of all, we somehow scored an amazing parking spot. Not easy at all, since 25,000+ people gather here for this fireworks show, the final in the summer series. We were parked near these boats below. Gorgeous day! As you can see many took advantage of the day to sunbathe, as well as save a spot for the show later. 


We didn't worry at all about finding a viewing spot. Omegna surrounds a small bay, and there is a great view all around. So instead we explored. Because this is a huge festival that goes on all day, as well as extending into days before and after. There is a central stage set up for a band later...


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Art: Palazzina Liberty-- Hidden Art Gallery


The Palazzina Liberty has -- at least during all of the months of each season -- ongoing art exhibitions. You'll see the posters pasted and pinned around Stresa, on windows, bars, and in the supermarket; but have you ever stopped in to this small, slightly out-of-the-way gallery? You should; there's always something interesting to see. For example, now, until 26 August, the gallery is featuring a show of works by local painter Giacomo Schiari.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Shopping: More Little Gifts

These hand towels, found in the linen shop on via Garibaldi,  are embroidered with a cheery "Buongiorno" greeting that I'd love to use as guest towels. The pack is priced at 15 euro.

As my visiting friend said, as we walked around Stresa on a gray drizzling day, "It's always a good day for shopping!" And of course she's right. Here are some items I've noticed recently in two shops on via Garibaldi that I think fit well into the category of charming little gifts. This bunch ranges in price from 3 euro to 15 euros.

First, some food items, because who doesn't enjoy yummy gifts from Italy?

In Pasticceria Bravi, on via Garibaldi, 6, these "Fiori di Stresa" caramelle, Flowers of Stresa, candies, cost only 3 euro per 100 grams. Wouldn't they make great little gift sacks?


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