To Maccagno

Trip Start Jun 05, 2013
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Trip End Aug 20, 2013


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, Lombardije,
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

On the way to Maccagno we stopped at Laveno for a panino and a cappuccino. The weather was clearing slowly and it was nice again. Than we drove for another half an hour and arrived at the village to look at the camping. We found a good spot and got installed. We walked around a bit along the water and got back, we sent a sms to Laura as we were going to have a pizza as arranged with them before leaving the hotel.
An hour later Laura walked into the camping by surprise, fun ! So we got ready and walked to their apartment 100 m further up at 7:30.
We went for a pizza just around the corner, Quinten did his best to eat everything he could find :-) and so we had a nice dinner. On the way back to their apartment Quinten thought it was a good idea to walk into and play on a sloop of the port so got completely wet and took all his clothes off. So we walked back with a little nudist. One's cleaned up he went to bed and we exchanged some pictures via our camera card and via Dropbox and had a cup of tea.
round 10:30 we went back to the camping.

18th
At 5 a.m again it started raining real hard, so I got up put on the light and looked if we still had a problem with leaks. After 15 min it all seemed ok, no water coming in so the repairing with silicone seemed to be ok. Relieved we went back to sleep. We stayed in bed until 10 as it kept on raining on and off. We had breakfast in the bar and read the newspaper. Around 12 the sun came out. So we started to move around and finally went for a long walk on the shore of the lake to the next village Colmegna. Than we came back to join Michel and Laura as they had arranged to go and do the shopping and prepare dinner in the apartment. Michel, Quinten and myself sat in the pool and played around until we were called back up for dinner. The girls had made as a starter melon with Parma ham and than great pasta with zucchini and a big salad with dried tomatoes and mozzarella. Sitting on their terras in the slowly setting sun with a pro secco in our hand, life is beautiful !!

19th

Andrea got up at 6:15 this morning to join Laura as they were taking the car to drive to Luino and take the train to Milano to go shopping .... ahhhhh ! I've hidden the credit cards but I think she's found them !!!
Anyway, I slept till 9 and went for a run, than a shower and went for a cappuccino and a small breakfast before walking to Michel and Quinten.
They were in the little hot swimming pool where we stayed until we went to have lunch. Quinten went for his afternoon sleep and we fiddled on the computer and watched "The Big Bang theory" and I really like but which Michel didn't know. In the afternoon we went to the lake and sat on the grass where we put a little half a tent tent up so Quinten could play in the shade.
When we got back to the apartment to have something to eat, the girls walked in with as couple of bags, oh oh !! But the damage was not to heavy, so they were forgiven.
We ate all together and introduced Laura to "The Big Bang Theory", so we had a good laugh together and then went to the camping and to bed.
Andrea's Milano trip:
Since I know Laura we have being saying to each other that we should go shopping together in Milan! On Friday we took the train at 7:20 from Luino. We got up at 6:15! We arrived at Il Rinascente at 9:30! It was great to have the whole store for us for the first time. Usually the store is full of Japanese people! We saw really beautiful bags from Chloè, Dolce & Gabbana, Stella Mcartney etc. Laura and I bought an awesome black dress at Tommy Hilfigger. We are happy! ��

We went afterwards to see our favorite shops: Diesel, Liu Jo, Patrizia Pepe, Intimissimi etc. Of course we had a look at the Montenapoleone street with Gucci, Dior, Salvatore Ferragamo etc..Just look because if the half price was too expensive for us!
We decided to have lunch in the favorite restaurant of Laura and Michel: Papà Francesco behind the Duomo. We had an exquisite Spaghetti alle vongole. That was perfect!

After lunch we went by foot to see the famous Brera. It is a gorgeous neighborhood full of small shops like Les Marais in Paris.

Then we took the metro to station to get back to Luino. It was a wonderful day. We had a lot of fun, bought nice things and talked about everything! Thank you Laura!

20th
Today we were going to take the boat to Canobbio, the boat would arrive at 9:30 and we had agreed that if possible we would meet at the boat. We found M,L and Quinten waiting for us, great so we would spent part of the day together ! We crossed the lake and Quinten loved it and when we arrived first thing we did was get a cappuccino !!! Yesss. We actually met Joke and Aunt Ans again as they were taking the boat to Luino and than the train to Milan.
Canobbio is really nice, maybe the cutest little town at Lake Maggiore. Beautiful small streets with nice terrasses and shops and fantastic views. M,L&Q went to the Lido where there was a big grass field in front of the lake and a sand pit for kids while we walked around. At 1 we joined them and got some panini's and enjoyed the sun until 4, when we got the boat back. Laura and I went to the super market to do some shopping. Than we went for a few hours to relax and shower and we joined them again around 7 for dinner. Poor Quinten was feverish and without energy so they put him to bed after dinner. We enjoyed the evening on the terras.

21st
Today it is Laura's birthday so we tried to find them at their apartment and pool after breakfast but didn't find them. We were on our bicycles as we wanted to cycle to Luino. We found them near the Lake on the grass, so we congratulated her, Michel and Quinten and gave her her present which she actually chose herself in Milan. Then we left for Luino which took us about half an hour. We walked and cycled around a bit and hang out around the terrasses on the lake, bought some things to eat and drink and off course got myself a cappuccino !!
Then around 4 we cycled back and went for a swim, shower and got ready to go for a pizza later on and celebrate Laura's birthday. Laura insisted paying but when they come and visit us in Antwerp they better leave their wallet at home, cause we won't let them pay anything !!! Later we had a big birthday cake, Quinten became my friend and impressed by my beard :-) and after Quinten went to bed we watched a film. Than time had come to say goodbye after the incredible beautiful time we had spent together, The marriage, the 3 days of fun and party following and than here at Lake Maggiore, thanks guys you're so sweet, we love you ! So we all kissed and hugged and hoped to see each other soon !

22nd

We got up at 8, had breakfast and got everything organized to leave and drive to Lago d'Iseo.
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Thanks Guys, we love you too!!!

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