The Split airport was crowded and busy with line ups everywhere. Once we navigated to the gate we found it had switched. The flight of course was late, but not too much and we were eventually boarded. We Saturday next to a woman from Australia whose Canadian husband Saturday in an opposite row. We had lots to chat about over the short flight to Lake Como.
We were excited to be heading to lake Como. This was our second visit to this peaceful and interesting lake destination. We had pre-ordered a taxi and he was on time and waiting for us after we arrived at the Milan airport. We had decided to taxi rather than rent a car because during our last visit we ended up leaving our rental car parked for 7 days because the Ferry boats were so efficient, comfortable and affordable. The drive to Menaggio was about 90 minutes along a very windy road.
When we reached our destination we were soon met by our lovely host Tony. He showed us our apartment and suggested a great local restaurant - literally downstairs from us - where we got a "Tony discount". Our one bedroom apartment was very spacious with a large bathroom and an open spaced kitchen, dining, living room area. The kitchen was well equipped and we prepared all our breakfasts and several dinners there. The BEST part of this apartment is the huge balcony. It had room for 2 lounge chairs as well as a dining table for 4-6 people. And it was overlooking Lake Como. The only traffic was the Ferry boats and the numerous hoards of birds. From the time the Sun rose until it set there was sunshine on the balcony. So even though it was a bit cool outside, the sun made it warm enough to sit out and enjoy.
By the time was had settled in to the apartment it was time for a late lunch. We went to the restaurant just below us. Our meal was great mixing fried fish and mussels - and if course a bottle of wine. And we got the "Tony" discount.
After lunch we explored Menaggio. Lots of small shops for souvenirs, clothes and groceries. We found a great green grocer, a bakery and two wonderful butchers. We frequented them regularly all week.
We also found wine for sale everywhere. But we were surprised that the well known Italian wines we find at home are more expensive here than in Toronto. For the most part we sampled cheaper local offerings.
For dinner we walked (2 minutes) into Menaggio and went to a small family owned restaurant in the middle of town. Food was good, especially the pasta. We chatted briefly with another Australian family.