About a month before I came to Italy, my friend Simona and I were talking about what I was planning to do during this trip. I told her that I had booked a train ticket to Rome for the day, mentioned some sights that I wanted to see in Milan in the Brera and Navigli districts that I hadn’t gotten to see last year, and mentioned that I wanted to go to Varenna to see the beautiful scenery there. Simona mentioned something about us maybe going to Lake Maggiore. We weren’t sure if that would be possible but it was left kind of open ended. My first day in Italy, she and Davide met me at my hotel and we walked around, just like last year. I was supposed to go to Busto Arsizio to meet up with her and we’d walk around beautiful Busto Arsizio, also like last year, or so I thought. When I walked out of the train station, Simona was coming up to meet me. We started to walk, and she stopped at a car. Simona doesn’t drive so I thought that it was odd, until I saw Davide behind the wheel and Simona was like, “Surprise!” We were going to Lake Maggiore! I was so excited because as much as I love Milan, I am more of a wide open space/mountains/lakes kind of gal. I only had my point and shoot with me because I didn’t know we’d be taking a trip but I still got some pretty good shots.
I was zooming with my little point and shoot like there was no tomorrow but I still think I got a pretty decent shot of the castle. Walking along the water was so amazing. It was a beautiful day, the scenery was perfect, there was an outdoor market of some kind going on, and we even met up with some friends of Simona and Davide who happened to be in Arona that day.
There is just something so peaceful about the water. I even have one of those sound machines and my favorites sounds are rain and the ocean. I don’t like the one that sounds like someone peeing, but other than that, I love the water sounds. It must be so nice to be able to have a boat that you can take out on the water during the warmer months. I think it would be cool to be like those people who when they retire, buy a boat and just live there. I could sit on the beach for hours. I love the sounds of waves rolling in, but my favorite sound is just the gentle lapping of the water. (I know how seriously lame that sounded but I couldn’t think of any other way to describe the sound. 😆 )
Some kids were wading halfway up to their knees. They were braver than we were. The water must have still been a bit chilly. Their dog was having a great time and kept running in and splashing around.
It totally looks like the boat is on top of that person with only their legs sticking out.
After a bit more walking around by the water, we walked through the alleys of the town. It was a holiday (Liberation Day) so many of the shops were closed, but there was still plenty to see and do. I see these colored umbrellas all the time on Instagram, in different parts of the world. I looked it up to see if there was any reason or significance for this and came across this explanation. It makes sense and it adds to the charm and beauty of the places where it is installed.
After that we got back in the car and drove somewhere, but I can’t remember where, because I started to drift off to sleep. Seriously, what is it with me and moving vehicles? I never feel sleepy when I’m driving, but if I’m a passenger I start to nod off after a while. Every. Single. Time. The castle was closed, I guess because of the holiday, but I was still able to get some nice pictures just walking around outside.
Every now and again we’d see a random person walking by themselves through the field of dandelions. I wish I had my other camera because I could have gotten some cracking pictures. Davide had me cracking up because he kept grabbing dandelions and blowing the fluff off while Simona kept waving it away from her. How beautiful is this scenery? It’s my dream (that I hope to make a reality) to permanently leave behind the crowds, noise, and crammed together buildings of NYC, for somewhere (either upstate NY, Pennsylvania, or Michigan) more quiet and peaceful with room to breathe. Being able to live somewhere with scenery like this would be a dream come true.
Thank you so much to Simona and Davide for this amazing surprise trip. It was definitely the highlight of my time in Italy.