Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of Summer.
17.06.2013 - 17.06.2013 35 °C
We met our hosts this morning. Enzo and Antonella returned from Istanbul yesterday - it was great to meet them. Lovely people - they invited us up to their garden tonight to share a bottle of wine and something to eat. Enzo and his sister inherited the property from their parents, who bought it 40 years ago. He was telling us that his father bought one small ivy plant, planted it on the side of the house - and in 40 years it's taken over the whole place. The only trimming they do is around the windows.
Today we visited the Gardens of the Villa Monastero. We went when we were last here, but it was so good that we wanted to come back again.
We left the apartment in the early afternoon, taking our rubbish with us. In this region of Italy households need to take their rubbish to communal rubbish bins in the town centre. Recycled bottles are in a different location to normal household rubbish - of course they are! So, we placed our rubbish in bins outside the church in the Piazza, and our bottles we placed in bins about 300 metres further up the road - right across the road from the gardens that we were visiting.
The gardens are in the grounds of an old Monastery - and are truly beautiful. We took our fair share of photos - and took our time, walking the length of the gardens - along the lake. It was so hot though - and I can't remember humidity like this. Thank goodness that there is beautiful cold water from the mountains - springing from taps all over Varenna. There's no need to buy water here - we can just fill up our water bottles wherever there is running water.
We sat at the outdoor cafe in the shade on the banks of Lake Como, drank our beautiful cold water - and had a Gelati! Heaven.
We walked slowly home in the heat and crashed for an hour or two. At around 7pm we went upstairs in to Enzo and Antonella's garden and spent a really enjoyable couple of hours with them both as well as their daughter Marta and their beautiful dog Lago. We love him! Spending time with Lago makes us realise how much we miss our own dogs. From their garden, Enzo and Antonella have the most awesome view of Lake Como. I think we'll look back on the time we spent with them and wonder if it really happened. A surreal experience.
There was a fair bit of translating going on, but we were able to converse pretty well. These folks are friendly and generous - living quite happily and simply in this beautiful part of the world. Yes - there are rich and famous people here, but the vast majority are everyday Italians living the same way that they have for decades.
We said goodnight to our hosts and came back downstairs to our apartment. I've been sitting here for the last couple of hours updating this journal - with the windows wide open to let in the cool breeze. There are the sounds of church bells, cars, scooters, boats, and animated Italian family conversations. Another moment in time to be remembered.