First off, I'm sorry but there is no Sunday Soup post today. I just came home from the airport and it's too late here to make soup.
Second, I had a great couple of days away. My work commitments finished at lunchtime on Friday, which meant I had an early start to the weekend and as I was in Italy anyway, I just tried to make the most of it by taking the train from Milan to Como.
Unfortunately, one of the charms of Italy is that people tend to go on strike a lot. While Italians are kinda used to it, visitors tend not to find out until the last minute. For me this meant a complete change of plans because there were no trains from Milan to Como on Friday. There was no public transport on Friday, and although the strike was supposed to finish at 5pm, I really didn't want to rely on the Italian train service being up and running again from 5 onwards. So, there was only one thing for it..... Hire a car and drive. Amazingly, I didn't panic or crash. Yay! Also, I am now convinced that having driving in Italy - which, if you have not experienced it, is CRAZY - I'm ok driving anywhere, because lanes and signs are really recommendations only......
Anyway, I did make it up to the Italian Lakes without much hassle and managed to spend a couple of days relaxing and being a tourist.
The weather wasn't too great, but hey, it was warmer than at home and the autumnal colours were magnificent!
I only had a day and a half but I tried to do a little bit of everything. The main thing for me was the lake, however. I've wanted to visit Lake Como for years, and even though I have seen many other parts of Italy, I had never managed to add this region to the itinerary.
Happy (non-Soup) Sunday!