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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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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Seen In Baveno: Faux Painting


Oh look at the cute pink building in Baveno... ooooh, there's a cat sitting in one window and a pigeon in the other...  But closer inspection of course reveals that neither cat or pigeon is real, in fact those two windows are completely fake, faux, painted onto the facade of the building. On this wall, of six windows, only two were real. 



Faux painting is not at all uncommon in Italy; even our La Lombarda has one faux window painted on to even out a wall. Stones are painted on for effect, molding details, etc. Here, the faux effect is made more complete by the addition of the real stone window sills and the shutter holders on the wall. But the cat and bird are pure whimsy. 

Take a good look around you at buildings; is everything you're seeing really there?



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Seen In Stresa: Musical Notes





I've been serenaded to sleep every night this week with live music. It seems that just about every night now in Stresa, in August, there is live music on a stage somewhere in town. On some evenings there are actually several groups in different venues. These photos are of a jazz duo at Piazza Cadorna, where via Roma and via P. Tomaso meet. The night before, a dance performance in Piazza Possi, just outside my door. And a night before that, a cover band called "i Colori", singing outside my window. The music always ends relatively early, to not disturb, and it's a lovely way to end evenings here as you stroll around. Expect this to continue throughout August at least. 


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Seen In Stresa: Ristorante Taverna del Pappagallo



There are many places in Stresa in which to have a pizza, but I particularly like those at Taverna del Pappagallo. And I especially like this quiet little table we had a couple nights ago, in the corner of the garden, with this view. Yes, those are grapes hanging overhead.                                                                          (   Continued   ...   )

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Reader's Mail: Daily Bicycle Rentals

Q: A reader asks: "Is there somewhere in Stresa we can rent a bicycle for a few hours? We're not super athletic, we just want to ride around a bit."


A: Yes, there are several options for bike riding; some have been mentioned on this blog already (see links at bottom). And now there is another option for renting bicycles, directly in the center of Stresa. On the corner of via de Martini and via Bonghi, which is just behind the large Palazzo dei Congressi, touring bikes can now be rented at the Sapori d'Italia office.
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