27.06.2011 - 02.08.2011 27 °C
Lennie: We had planned a trip to Lake Como for yesterday and were really excited as a lot of people had reccommended it to us. When we got to the station to board our first train, we found out it was an international one and therefore we would need reservations. After queuing for 45 minutes we found out that reservations on the train would've cost us 40 euros for return tickets for a train ride that look less than half an hour. We decided not to buy them and were completely lost as to how to get there using a cheaper method. Fortunatley, a helpful train information man gave us details of local train we could get there for free. We finally arrived in Como and took an hour bus ride along the coast of the lake to a town called Menaggio. All the towns surrounding the lake were really lovely as they were all set at the bottoms of mountains around the lake and you could see the houses becoming more sparse the higher the mountains got.
Lauren: We had a small wonder round the town, and would certainly like to thank evryone who recommended it as it was stunning! We walked around the coast and found that you could do kayaking on the lake. Neither of us had much kayaking experience but we thought we'd give it a go. The first part was probably my least favourite as when the guy pushed us both into the lake, he managed to soak us! Especially poor Leonard who spent the rest of the day with a soaking wet bottom. I loved the kayaking, the waves were ebcoming bigger so it seemed more and more exciting. Little Lennie however, didn't quite take the same liking for it as me because of the waves getting bigger and sheer scale of the lake, so we got out after half an hour. He must have some kind of odd sense though because it was good we did as about ten minutes after we got out there was a huge thunder storm.
Lennie: Don't get me wrong I did enjoy the kayaking but it just wasn't right, if the weather had been a bit clearer and less windy, I proabably wouldn't have been such a little girl. Before we decided to do the Kayaking, we were going to climb up Mount Gronte, after the storm we decided to leave it. I vow to return to Lake como and scale the 1736m mountain peak! After a couple of hot chocolates to warm us up we decided to take the ferry to Bellaggio. Its one of the centre points of the lake, where the water splits into two and heads south. Once we arrieved, not realising the time, we watched as the last bus drove past us. Not good! Getting some information from some local people, we found out that a cab back to Como would cost us 80 euros - bad times! Luckily, the same man told us that we could get the ferry to another town, called Varenna, and catch the train back to Milan from there. He saved the day! The ferry journey to Varenna was amazing as the storm had finally cleared. Lake como is truly beautiful, everywhere I looked I saw an opportunity for a photo. I can't wait to come back here!
Lauren: Despite all the bad luck that appeared while at Lake Como we both had a lovely day and would definatley return. Certainly with more money so we could take a motor boat around the whole lake. Last night was our final night in Milan and we headed to Pisa this morning. We arrived at about 4pm and so far, so good. The hostel seems really nice and we're walking distance from all the attractions. The only down side is that it is raining. Tomorrow we shall be heading off to the leaning tower which we're both looking forward to.