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Thursday, October 4, 2012
6:19 AM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
More amici! It's so nice, on a crisp autumn day, to look at photos sent from friends. Here are a few more photos sent in by readers from their time here. First, there are Margaret and Colin, who came to Stresa as part of a package tour from the UK that went quite awry in several ways, but I give them the award for making lemonade from their lemons.
Margaret and Colin above Lake Orta in mid September
Colin with Fabri. Fabri brought the couple on a private tour to Orta.
We've fallen in love with Maggiore - the scenery is fabulous and we had lovely weather (pity about the mozzies!). We had a terrific time at Lake Orta. Fabri was great - knowledgeable and interesting - AND we had him to ourselves! Went on the Maggiore Express on Sunday - superb scenery and we managed an hour in S Marie Maggiore (lovely little town, loads of character), then a stroll along the lungolago in Locarno and onto an early ferry for an hour on Isole de Brissago (fascinating plants, but the wrong time of year for colour - most flowers were over) and finally the last ferry back to Baveno - fabulous day: I nearly filled up my camera's memory card!
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I also received photos from Puja, who's husband brought her to Stresa for a long weekend in late July to celebrate her birthday. They were here at the perfect time to see the hydrangea in full bloom along the lake.
Puja at Lake Orta
Puja's husband had contacted me several times in preparation for the trip. He gets my award for trying to plan the most romantic birthday dinner and weekend for Puja. She wrote:
Nonetheless, Stresa is an AWESOME place - very very charming and romantic and I am so glad that we got to see it! We fell in love with the pretty promenade and the aperitivo tradition. Campari soda at La Verbanella was a superb experience! As was the sky bar - thanks for that recommendation. We would never have figured that one out on our own. Massimo was a charming experience too.
La Cambusa was great as was the lady running the store. We bought a fortune worth of food products from there! Now we are eating Porcini pasta and Polenta regularly at home :)
Some other highlights were the Stresa Residences apartment where we stayed and Giuliano went out of his way to make our stay great. The apartment itself is a gem in town centre and we found it very romantic.
Meals at Mama Mia and Vicoletto were great as was the trip to Mottarone. Another highlight was a meal at Casa Bella on Isola Pescatori (recommended by Giuliano). It was our best meal in Stresa.
(Full disclosure, Puja's 'nonetheless' is about an unfortunate mishap concerning the planned romantic dinner at ristorante Verbano.) Thank you thank you Margaret and Puja, for sending me your photos and for sharing with others your thoughts!
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