Our trip began in Lake Como where we stayed at the waterfront Villa d’Este. The hotel is peaceful and serene, and we enjoyed every minute we spent there. The food was also excellent, and we made great friends with the bar manager.
On our first day we went on a boat trip around the lake, which is a must-do while in Lake Como. Our guide was fantastic and provided a new perspective and stunning views. We stopped at the some of the classic places: Bellagio, Tremezzo, Villa Balbianello, Sala Comacina. After visiting all of the touristy spots, we had dinner at Locanda La Tirlindana (Piazza Matteotti 5;39 034456637), a nice, quiet neighborhood place–a welcome change of pace.
The next few days in Lake Como we just relaxed. We walked into the nearby town, Cernobbio, and saw the local sights. We lunched at a fantastic, simple neighborhood joint called Giardino. All in all we had a wonderful time in Lake Como–Villa d’Este was simply a joy, and we had a wonderful time unwinding on the hotel’s grounds. Having a room facing the lake is a big plus, as the views are absolutely gorgeous.
Next we made our way to London. The city was a change of pace but equally enjoyable as our downtime. We lived in the city the many years ago so it has always been one of our favorites. In between seeing old friends, we had a delicious meal at La Petite Maison, saw the redone Covent Garden and took a trip to the Royal Academy. We also got to see the Veronese Exhibit at the National Gallery, which was sensational.
We stayed at Browns, which is our favorite hotel in London. It is so comfortable and lived up to our expectations once again. We were upgraded to our favorite suite, which has floor-to-ceiling windows and is worth going out of your way to get. We also loved the restaurant at the hotel, Hix. We had several wonderful lunches there and enjoyed a few cocktails at the fantastic bar.
I can’t believe we’re already back at home. We had such a wonderful experience in Europe and can’t wait to go back.