Sep 09, 2005
Oct 03, 2006
. The next morning, we returned to the Tourist Info in the hopes they could help us find someplace to stay on the lake. Once again, we were incredibly fortunate. I'm starting to believe in the "spontanaity is best" philosphy. After more phone calls, our friendly helper asked us if we would mind staying Tremezzo (a place i had not heard of). After an 1&1/2 hour boat ride, we got picked up by the owner of the Hotel Villa Edy and driven up yet another steep hill to our hotel. And what a hotel it is! So very Italian; small and family run, yet with modern amenities like a swimming pool, tennis courts, large rooms, and embroidered Italian linens. We love this place and highly recommend it! Very quiet, very friendly, and only a few minutes walking distance to the best Italian food Tim has had in 20 years. After looking at our room and eating our first meal, we immediately asked to extend our one night stay to three.
Arriving in Como was a little intimidating for me. It is a much bigger city than I had anticipated and the people at the train station were less than helpful/friendly, and did not speak any English (or did not want to). Tim, of course, was as positive as usual while I had growing reservations. We made our way to the Tourist Information in the center of town and found out that between 2 large conferences in Milano and Como, all the hotels in town were full. I started going into panic mode while Tim just smiled while the young lady made several phone calls for us looking for a room - any room. Fortune smiled on us yet again; she found a room in a hotel with a balcony right on the waterfront for less than 100$/night - a thing i thought not possible. We hurried over to the hotel, which was fortunetely not far away, and felt thankful to have a room, if only for one night. The highlight of the evening was sitting outside on a piazza, listening to excellent live jazz while eating Italian food (we loved Tirol, but we were a little tired of meat, potatos, and semmels)