Off the Beaten Path

The impromptu trip to Lake Como turned out to be one of the most beautiful and thrilling parts of my European trip. I had an idea of going but did not plan or organize the trip to get there and what to do once I was there. That was where the fun kicked in.

I woke up in the morning, and as I was eating breakfast, I knew I had one goal in mind and that was to explore the lakes of Italy. I headed to the central train station in Milan, Italy and found the next train leaving for the Como San Giovanni train stop, a 5 min walk from Lake Como. There was a train leaving in a half an hour and many others around the clock. Perfect! I waited for the platform to be announced and headed over at once. I got on the train with my camera by my side and waited patiently to start my adventure.

Once I got to Lake Como, I looked into buses to take me more into the center of the lake. There was a bus headed to Bellagio, so I hopped on and let it whisk me away. I was apprehensive at first because I was unsure how far away I was headed in the lakes region but I knew it was still early in the day. I wanted to enjoy the experience so I faced out the window getting ready for the beautiful views.

The views a long the winding road through the foothills of the alps and lake below were breathtaking. I could not get enough. Each corner the bus wrapped around I thought it could not get any more beautiful and before I knew it, it did. I rode for an hour or so to the town of Bellagio.

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Once off the bus, I walked into the village and was dropped in another world. There were exquisite villas along the mountainside and stone streets leading up towards a variety of shops. I got a gelato as I walked through the streets taking it all in and had to stop in a beautiful shop between a quaint alleyway and got myself a pair of moonstone earrings. I spent about an hour and a half exploring and looked into getting back. I found a river boat leaving soon so I purchased a ticket and sat by the water watching birds splash in the water.

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The river boat was exciting seeing Lake Como from a different perspective. I loved being able to see both sides of the lake and the different charming villages a long it such as Lenno and Laglio. I did not have enough time to get off and explore them but it was a pleasure to be able to see them up close. The river boat was an hour long and took us back into Como. I explored a little while in Como and admired the little town. I didn’t take too much time within town because I wanted to figure out how to get back to Milan.

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As the train pulled up, I drew in a big breath and admired the adventure I just went on. I could not believe that in one day I was able to see such wonder and beauty from such spontaneity. It was my favorite adventure of the whole European trip because I was able to set off on a quest of the unknown and figure out how to navigate it and at the end everything worked out flawlessly and perfect.

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xox Live Well and Run

 


One thought on “Off the Beaten Path

  1. Your photos are so beautiful! I definitely agree- the view is incredible. I also did a post on Lake Como over on my blog, feel free to check it out if you would like! 🙂

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