Nom de Plumage

April 23, 2012

And Here It Is!

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I awoke to a dark and cold morning and almost slept in believing it to be early yet? It was not until my Dutch room mate crept over to my bed and asked me what time it is? Yikes, it was a quarter to nine and we had 15 minutes left before breakfast finished. I jumped out of bed and dressed like the devil was after me and ran downstairs just in time.

I had really made no exciting plan to spend the day, but after listening to Tom about his walk up to the light house for a wonderful overview of the whole lake district, I thought I would give it a try. Normally, you would go to such a lookout on a clear sunny day, but I had missed that opportunity and had to make do with what mother nature offered up.

For a small price, I bought a return ticket to take the ‘funicular’ or cable car up the very steep mountain. Only a short ride, it offered a wonderful view of the city of Lake Como. But once I arrived and exited the cable car, the cold air hit me and the clouds descended and hovered. I really had no idea as to where the walk starts, so I walked around in the vain hope of finding some clue. At first I walked up a hill, which was in fact the correct way, only to turn back and walk downhill through the little town. I knew after a short walk, that the other way is the probable direction and so I walked back. Dotted along the narrow road, lay stunning villas, each more beautiful than the other. Some where beautifully decorated with ornate carvings or paint work, that I did not have the courage to take photo’s of any. Many of the residents were at home and I felt that I was invading their privacy. But I did sneak one in, just to remind me of the elegance of Italian builder’s.

From then on, I really had no clue as to what I had got myself into? From the very beginning of the walk, right up to the end and hour later, it was a steep (30 to 40 degree angle) all the way. I kept climbing,passing beautiful farms houses and little villas, with small glimpses of an amazing view. But ultimately, the higher I got, the denser the cloud became. I sweated profusely but failed to give in and stop. Finally I arrived and the last gasp was up twenty stairs to the lighthouse or pinnacle. The view would be spectacular on a clear day and although I got some tantalising glimpses, it was not enough encouragement to stay too long. The walk downhill was in fact a fast roll and done in record time.

The funicular down the mountain was just as exciting and to waste a bit of time, I walked into the city. Surprisingly, a lot of the shops were open (they close for several hours over the lunch period) and I even discovered a huge market. There was so many wonderful goodies on offer, but although I was tempted, I had to continue walking to save my pennies.

The weather was getting colder as the afternoon progressed and my clothes were still wet from all that sweating. Not wanting to get sick, I went back to the hostel for a hot shower and change of clothes.

 

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