Friday, October 30, 2009

It's Friday! Ok?

Two blondes living in Oklahoma were sitting on a bench talking, and one blonde says to the other, 'Which do you think is farther way.... Florida or the Moon?' The other blonde turns and says 'Helloooooooooo, can you see Florida ?????'

A blonde pushes her BMW into a gas station. She tells the mechanic it died. After he works on it for a few minutes, it is idling smoothly... She says, 'What's the story?' He replies, 'Just crap in the carburetor'
She asks, 'How often do I have to do that?'

A police officer stops a blonde for speeding and asks her very nicely if he could see her license.
She replied in a huff, 'I wish you guys would get your act together.
Just yesterday you take away my license and then today you expect me to show it to you!'

There's this blonde out for a walk. She comes to a river and sees another blonde on the opposite bank 'Yoo-hoo!' she shouts, 'How can I get to the other side?'
The second blonde looks up the river then down the river and shouts back, 'You ARE on the other side.'

A gorgeous young redhead goes into the doctor's office and said that her body hurt wherever she touched it.
'Impossible!' says the doctor. 'Show me. The redhead took her finger, pushed on her left shoulder and screamed, then she pushed her elbow and screamed even more. She pushed her knee and screamed; likewise she pushed her ankle and screamed. Everywhere she touched made her scream.
The doctor said, 'You're not really a redhead, are you?
'Well, no' she said, 'I'm actually a blonde.' 'I thought so,' the doctor said, 'Your finger is broken.'

A highway patrolman pulled alongside a speeding car on the freeway. Glancing at the car, he was astounded to see that the blonde behind the wheel was knitting! Realizing that she was oblivious to his flashing lights and siren, the trooper cranked down his window, turned on his bullhorn and yelled, 'PULL OVER!'
'NO!' the blonde yelled back, 'IT'S A SCARF!'

A Russian, an American, and a Blonde were talking one day. The Russian said, 'We were the first in space!'
The American said, 'We were the first on the moon!' The Blonde said, 'So what? We're going to be the first on the sun!' The Russian and the American looked at each other and shook their heads... 'You can't land on the sun, you idiot! You'll burn up!' said the Russian.. To which the Blonde replied, 'We're not stupid, you know. We're going at night!'

A blonde was playing Trivial Pursuit one night.. It was her turn. She rolled the dice and she landed on Science & Nature. Her question was, 'If you are in a vacuum and someone calls your name, can you hear it?' She thought for a time and then asked, 'Is it on or off?'

A girl was visiting her blonde friend, who had acquired two new dogs, and asked her what their names were. The blonde responded by saying that one was named Rolex and one was named Timex.. Her friend said, 'Whoever heard of someone naming dogs like that?' 'HELLLOOOOOOO......,' answered the blonde. 'They're watch dogs'!

Enoteca Cava Turacciolo Bellagio

Attraction Type: Bar/club, Winery

Address: Salita Genazzini, 3 Bellagio, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
Phone Number: 39 031 950975Traveler Reviews of Enoteca Cava Turacciolo Bellagio

“I could live in that cave!!!!”
by lisa37a on Sep 20, 2009

have been going to the lake como region for 30 years!!! also pop in to see norberto and piero . i recieve a hug and 2 kisses upon arrival.. a very warm welcome the wine is phenomenal and the food... Read the rest on TripAdvisor
“One of our favorite nights!”
by Jennyut on Jan 19, 2009

We spent a few nights in Bellagio on our honeymoon. It is such a magical place. We had dinner/drinks here one night with a couple we met on the ferry. Such a wonderful place---great memories. Good... Read the rest on TripAdvisor “Enjoyed!”
by japindy on Oct 8, 2008

Spent part of an evening here doing a wine tasting with my husband. They bring plate of bread, cheese & meats to eat while you do your wine tasting. Very relaxing, no pressure and quite enjoyable... Read the rest on TripAdvisor “Great Wine Bar in Como”
by Richard-Kay on Aug 25, 2008

We visited this wine bar/cantina August 25 in Bellagio, Italy and had a great experience. It is operated by Mario, Norberto & Piero and they will take care of you. A huge selection of wine by the... Read the rest on TripAdvisor “Stuffy”
by goingtobellagio on Dec 28, 2007

While nice and cozy the service was very cold (stuffy). My husband and I were there in October and stopped by because it looked like a pretty cool place on their website. We enjoy wine and while... Read the rest on TripAdvisor “Favorite part of the trip!”
by rlsnyc04 on Sep 12, 2007

This wine cellar is beautiful, romantic, huge array of wines to taste and buy, with a friendly and helpful staff. Could not ask for a better way to spend the evening's end - both nights we were there! Read the rest on TripAdvisor “Best Wine Bar”
by PeggyMc on Jun 23, 2007

In a narrow street, Salita Genazzini, beside Hotel Splendide in Bellagio on the shores of Lake Como this gem of a wine bar was one of the highlights of our vacation. The premises consist of three... Read the rest on TripAdvisor “In love with Bellagio”
by JP-Traveler on May 12, 2004

After reviewing many online reviews regarding Bellagio, I spent three days with a friend in this lovely little town. We stayed at the Hotel Florence, which I would highly recommend! While you are in... Read the rest on TripAdvisor
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hiring Car/Driver Malpensa Airport to Varenna

Re: Hiring Car/Driver Malpensa Airport to Varenna
Oct 27, 2009, 10:24 PM
We just got back from our 3 week trip to Italy. We did hire a limo to go from Malpensa to Bellagio and then Bellagio to Milan Train. We used Como, and would highly recommend the service. There were 4 of us travelling and the cost was 130 Euros from Malpensa to Bellagio and 120 Euros from Bellagio to Milan. It was more expensive than the train but it was well worth it!

Bellagio Forum: Milan, car or train to Lake Como?

Re: Hiring Car/Driver Malpensa Milan Airport to Varenna (Lake Como Area)

Sep 16, 2009, 12:33 AM

I'm sorry but I believe I understated the price differential between train and car/driver. I found an internet site and booked, since it was the only one that replied. We weighed time saved against the money spent so we opted for a car and driver; not too bad divided four ways. Seems the train is quite cheap, but from Milan Milpensa to train station in Milan Central to Varenna and then back again to Milan Central Station would take a lot of time, which we are quite short of. Website for car and driver is: They responded promptly. We bargained and got a slightly reduced fare for round trip--65 euros each round trip. We are leaving 9/17/09 and I understand it is raining there and we return on Sunday when there are fewer trains. Also trains from Milan to Varenna are only every two hours. So---Good luck. Would like to know your experience if you elect this option. Carol

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Eating in Venice...

See The World w/Live Web Cams!


Mary Forbes Bradley writes...

Hey everybody, Please note that our rent for the villa is based on the dollar amount we contracted at the time back when. The fact that the dollar is falling against the Euro will only effect us once we get there.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Sounds Like My Family.

Raffaela sat in the far corner of her Culbertson school classroom – too embarrassed to eat lunch in front of the other children.

She quietly unfolded the newspaper covering her meal and hoped that no one would smell the garlic and olive oil wafting in the air. Once, her lunch leaked through the newspaper and the cloakroom reeked for days. She sighed.

Why does it have to be roasted peppers on homemade Italian bread? Why can't it be peanut butter and jelly like my friend Lois? And why do we have spaghetti every day of the year? When I get married I'll never have pasta again. Good old American roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy. That's what I want when I grow up. Read More:

Soupy, we will miss you!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Student Teacher Fares include Taxes For Travel to Europe! My contact appears to be a "Straight Shooter!"

Nick is a student at Long Beach State, Kathy has taught classes in Escrow, Mike taught one year of High School, years ago, we all qualify for a reduced rate for traveling anywhere in the U.S. and Europe. 

Contact Drew at 400-592-0868 x21080 With Statravel, Student Travel  Drew assures me that if you are under 26 and a student, or have ever taught a class in ???,   which proof is not required, then you are qualified to apply for a card either student or teacher, cost is $22.00 per card, good for one year.  You book your flight to Europe with Drew, before you pay anything  compare prices, which I have done, and you can save more than $275.00 per flight.  Worth a try...You will fly American, British Air.  Any questions call me Mike Colonna, don't call me Shirley, at 714-747-5670. Always nice to save $$.  If you are satisfied with the info from Drew.....go for it!
Even a Judge can qualify.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Villa Piedmont For Sale Near Bellagio...Have you lost your mind, Mike?


This immaculately restored 1800’s Italian Villa has been updated to today’s standards of comfort while maintaining its classic beauty and old world history.
Nestling majestically into the beautiful landscape of the Piedmont Region this hilltop 3-acre gated estate is located in the Town of Pray near Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, just minutes to magnificent wineries and surrounded by a culture full of culinary delights and recreational activities.
This exquisite and private estate commands spectacular views of the Alps and the valley below with the sounds of the running stream. Tranquility at its best.
Romantic views of the sunsets in fabulous gardens and outdoor terraces allow your mind, body, and spirit to rejuvenate while relaxing with family and friends. Perfect for outdoor entertaining.
This villa has preserved all of its original features with hand painted floor tiles, original stained glass windows, 100 year old ceiling fresco, marble staircase, and solid hazelnut wing doors.
The private drive brings you to a beautifully appointed and detailed 3860 SF main house – basement plus 3 floors above - 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, formal dining, den, gym, wine cellar, and a stunning sunroom that opens to an 1800 SF terrace.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Rick Steves Writes About Bellagio

The Italian Allure of Lake Como

Varenna's romantic promenade hugs the shore of Lake Como.
By Rick Steves
Stretched over two chairs atop the tiny passenger deck of a 10-car ferry as it shuttles across Lake Como, I look south into the haze of Italy. I'm savoring the best of my favorite country with none of the chaos and intensity that's generally part of the Italian experience.
Turning the other way, facing a crisp alpine breeze, I marvel at the snow-capped Alps. I'm just minutes from Switzerland...but clearly in Italy: The ferry workers have that annoying yet endearingly playful knack for underachieving. Precision seems limited to the pasta — exactly al dente and reliably homemade. Rather than banks and public clocks (which inundate nearby Swiss lake resorts, such as Lugano), the lanes that tumble into this lake come with lazy cafes and hole-in-the-wall alimentari brimming with juicy reds and crunchy greens.
In Italy's romantic Lakes District, in the shadow of the Alps, wistful 19th-century villas are seductively overgrown with old vines that seem to ache with stories to tell. Stunted palm trees appear to be held against their will in this northern location. And vistas are made-to-order for poets. In fact, it was early nature-lovers who wrote and painted here that put this region on the map in the 1800s.
A handful of lakes tempt visitors just north of Milano. The million-euro question is: Which lake to see? Tiny Orta has an off-beat, less developed charm. Maggiore has garden islands and Stresa, a popular resort town. Garda is a hit with German windsurfers. But for the best mix of scenery, offbeatness and aristocratic-old-days romance, my choice is Lake Como. And it's just an hour north of Milan by convenient train.
Sleepy Lake Como is a good place to take a break from the obligatory turnstile culture of central Italy. It seems half the travelers you'll meet have tossed their itineraries into the lake and are actually relaxing. Read more.....

Historical Rome

Brief history of Rome.

Italy’s history sees its most important happenings from the foundation of Rome on.
Before it there were many populations, like the Latins, the Sabins, some of which left important proves of how they used to live, like the Etruscans, but that were quickly absorbed or conquered by Rome.
Rome was founded in year 753 b.C. by nothing more than a not too organized group of shepherd. Their leader was named Romolus.
According to the legend, he, and his brother Remus, were both sons of god Mars, and Rea Silva, from this we can already understand in Rome there were many gods.
They were abandoned in a basket on the Tiber, Rome’s river, and found by a she-wolf , which fed them with its milk, this is why they grew up so brave and tough…
After a fight for quite a silly reason, Romolus killed Remus, marked on Palatine hills’ ground the edges of his new city, and proclaimed himself first king of what would have become the greatest empire of the world. Rome (from Romulus) was just born.
The age called “of the seven kings”, finished in year 509 B.C. with Tarquinius Superbus , one of the etruscan rulers . After this, republic age came.
Since ever, the Romans were conquerors, but never as much as during republic age (that lasted almost five centuries until year 27 B.C.) when this was shown to almost the entire world known in those days.
From a bunch of huts on the Palatine hill, Rome grew up, fast, all the way to northern Europe, north Africa, Greece… conquers made not only of destruction, but mostly of cultural and social growth, either for the empire and its core, the “Forum” and in new conquered territories. Still today big part of our laws, and our politic system, come from this amazing evolution of ancient roman society.
Giulius Caesar’s death signs the end of Rex Publica Romana (Republic) – he died March 15th 44 B.C. ( the ides of March) - everything changed since then, until happenings brought to have all the power in one man’s hands: his nephew Caesar Augustus, the first Emperor, in 20 B.C. .
Is the beginning of the Roman Empire. A time when men succeded, who had more power, considering those days standards, than any president we can think of today, and of course, some were good, some less. Names like Nero, Trajan, Hadrian, Caracalla or Constantine.
This last Emperor, is famous still today for a change that started a new era: in 313 A.D. he proclaimed the end of the persecutions against the Christians.
With the end of Roman Empire in 476 A.D., dark age began, also called middle age, centuries during which invasions, diseases, culture held in the hands of few, and a growing up catholic church that wasn’t exactly an example of forgiveness and love it should have been, made one of the darkest pages of history.
A lot of the most breath-taking pieces of art, and architecture, were made in the age that came right after: Renaissance ( re-birth ) . Names like Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Leonardo da Vinci and many more gave life to some of the most brilliant works in history, like st. Peter’s basilica, the Pietà, Florence’s dome, the last supper and so on.
The centuries to come, will be quite unsteady in Italy, there was not a country, as we mean it today, but small independent states, fighting each other.
A new aspect to Italy, was give by Napoleo, under whom Italy became a Republic, with Milan as a capital and Napoleon as a president, but that wasn’t enough, and in 1805 he became king of Italy in 1805.
In 1861, under king Vittorio Emanuele II , proclaimed the first parlament , but a steady republic won’t be made until the end of world war II.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Yachts of Monte Carlo

Let's Have a Bowl of Pasta....

Being an international celebrity would probably be annoying on some levels, but if it meant I could buy houses anywhere I wanted that wouldn’t be so bad. Some famous folks have taken advantage of their wealth and bought houses in Italy (who can blame them?), but tracking them down is, I’ve found, a bit of a challenge. Now, I’m not saying I’m trying to become a stalker, or that I’m encouraging you to become stalkers, I’m just trying to compile a list of people who own property in Italy. This is what I’ve got so far, and I’m hoping y’all can help me add to this list of celebrities with homes in Italy!

I should mention that this list doesn’t include Italian celebrities, because while they are famous in Italy they could probably walk right up to you and slap you in the face and you wouldn’t recognize them. So while there are certainly more celebrities with homes in Italy than are on this list, I’m trying to restrict the list to international celebrities. So, on with the list of the famous people with homes in Italy:

George Clooney

Anyone who pays attention to this kind of thing (and lots of people who don’t) knows that George Clooney has a house on Lake Como in Italy. He’s owned Villa Oleandra since 2002, and he actually resides there part of each year. Not long ago he thought about leaving because the town of Bellagio was contemplating putting in extra parking lots to sort of encourage people to come gawk at where Clooney lives… They put a stop to that talk when he threatened to just leave instead. Kudos to George, he likes Bellagio just as it is. And by the way, in addition to any potential Clooney-sightings you might have while on Lake Como, there has been a near-constant parade in town of George’s famous friends as well - including the entire cast of “Ocean’s Twelve” when they were on filming breaks.

Will George Clooney Share a Glass of Brunello w/Us?

Lake Como, or Lago di Como in Italian, is undoubtedly Italy’s most popular lake - and it’s held that title since long before the exceptionally hunky Mr. George Clooney bought his house on the shore of the lake. In fact, although there are plenty of people each year who flock to Lake Como in the hopes of getting a glimpse of George (or one of the lake’s many other famous residents), the lakeside towns can’t blame their overflowing feeling on the local celebrities. Summers on Lago di Como have seen congested roads and tourist hordes for decades.
It stands to reason that if so many people are heading for Lake Como, there must be something there worth heading for, right? The answer is a resounding yes. There are lots of reasons Lago di Como is incredibly popular, not least being its stunning views and gorgeous water. The towns which dot the lake’s shores are picturesque and charming, and each one of them feels like it could be home to any number of the rich and famous set. Summers find these towns brimming with not only overseas visitors but also floods of tourists from northern Europe, particularly Germany and the United Kingdom, while weekends throughout the year tend to be when residents of nearby Milan take the time to get out of the smog-filled city. In other words, while the winters are certainly slower, there isn’t really a time of year when Lago di Como is deserted.
Of course, lots of savvy travelers read about the crowds and take that as an invitation to avoid the lake altogether. This is a reasonable reaction, and while the crowds will be big enough for some people to never make the journey to Lake Como, it’s really a shame to never lay eyes on it. So if you’re one of those people who’d like to take in the natural breath-taking beauty of Lago di Como without getting swallowed alive by big bus day-trippers, I’ve got some budget hints for you below so that you can still make the trip without needing a trust fund to do it.
Lake Como is easily identified on maps of Italy by its shape. You’ll find it in Italy’s North, in a part of the Lombardy (Lombardia) region that’s known as Italy’s lake district, and it looks roughly like an upside-down “Y.” It’s the third-largest lake in the country, behind Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore, and although it’s narrow enough that you can see across it easily it is one of Europe’s deepest lakes. Lago di Como has glacial origins, and it’s known as a pre-Alpine lake because of its location nestled among the pre-Alps.
These are some of the better-known towns on Lake Como:
Bellagio - This beautiful town sits at the intersection of the three branches of Lake Como, and it’s a great base from which to explore the lake. Bellagio benefits from the lake’s overall temperate climate, so it’s nice to visit year-round, although it’s decidedly more popular (and way more crowded) in the summer. This isn’t a town that has a ton of budget options, especially if you’re hoping to sleep in a room overlooking the lake, but if you’re willing to stay a bit further from the center of the action you can find good deals. This is the town where George Clooney’s villa is, so be on the lookout for star sightings!