Bellagio, Lake Como (Italy)

A sleeping pill gave me a good night's rest while still battling jet lag. We were awakened at 7am by the peal of church bells. A wonderful buffet breakfast in the hotel of cold cuts (including Parma ham), granola, yogurt, pastries, cheeses, bread and blueberry tart was served. Delicious. As we were on our own... Continue Reading →

Varenna, Lake Como (Italy)

We savored our first panini at Centrale Stazione while waiting to catch the train to Varenna, a town along the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Como. The Italian breads are so good! Sandwiches are prepared simply with no sauces. The fillings “speak” for themselves. From the Varenna-Esino station in Varenna, we made our way to our... Continue Reading →

Breakfast at Princi (Milan, Italy)

Our first introduction to a typical Italian breakfast was at Princi next door to our hotel. Princi makes fresh bread, focaccia and pizza, as well as pasta and meat dishes for lunch, and is open 24 hours, including Sundays. For breakfast, the idea is to order espresso and a sweet or savory pastry and then... Continue Reading →

Arrival in Italy

We arranged the tour to Italy through Rick Steves. After weeks of anticipation and taking an informal conversational Italian course at our local community college, we were as ready as we'd ever be. This was our first trip to Europe. Our flight to Italy was comfortable, though long. SAS service is so much better than any... Continue Reading →

Dinner at Red Lion Restaurant (Boulder, CO)

My wife had a conference in Denver, so I tagged along. A colleague of hers, who grew up in Boulder, took us to the Red Lion Restaurant (not associated with the hotel chain), just outside Boulder in Boulder Canyon. Their specialty is wild game. On the friend's suggestion, three of us ordered the Steak Diane,... Continue Reading →

Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison, CO)

Nestled between two immense sandstone monoliths, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is an acoustically perfect venue for concerts of all kinds. It seats over 9,000 people, has sponsored entertainment since its completion in 1936, and rises high enough that the Denver skyline can easily be seen. Acoustics aside, the area is an impressive geological wonder, so much... Continue Reading →

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