Friday, 24 September 2010

One day, Three countries

We arrived to Lago Como (Italy) after 4 hours driving through several tunnels in the mountains between Monaco and Milan.
The landscape was breathtaking in spite of the many, many tunnels...
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The breakfast was nearby the lake, enjoying the view...

This is a photo of Lago Como, where George Clooney has/had a house ( I don't know if he has already sold it)...;-)

The lake is shaped like the character "Y", is the third largest lake in Italy and one of the deepest lakes in Europe.

From Como


We went for a stroll and then on the road to Switzerland...
(The last time I was there was in 1996)....

We have enjoyed splendid views...

snow in the mountains...

From Suiça


valleys...

From Suiça


cascades...

From Suiça


lakes...

as Lugano ...just wonderful, but I couldn't take a photo, we were driving...Lugano is a glacial lake in the south-east of Switzerland, at the border between Switzerland and Italy, situated between Lake Como and Lago Maggiore.

or Lucerne ...a lake in central Switzerland and the fourth largest in the country...

From Suiça


We had our lunch in Saint Gothard. What a view!!!
N.B.: We decided not to go by the 16 km St. Gotthard Road Tunnel. This tunnel is the third-longest in the world.

From Suiça


From Suiça


We prefered to go through the mountains, enjoying the views and then take the Col Saint-Gothard...

From Suiça


We were at 2000 m above sea level in Saint Gothard! What a breathtaking day!
I remembered it was like being in Serra da Estrela! :-))
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In the evening, we reached our next destination, again in France, where we had our dinner...

From Andlau

25 comments:

Aledys Ver said...

Wow, truly amazing views of those mountains!! WHat a great trip!!
I just love the mountainss and looking at your photos has made me realise how much I miss them!!

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Gorgeous! I would love to spend a weekend in Lake Como one day.

"Dinner in France" sounds promising! Awaiting the next chapter :-)

Presépio no Canal said...

Just like me! ;-) Before the vacation, I missed them so much!! Strongly...
Aledys,you will go soon to Argentina and you will see them in Patagonia! ;-)
Esta quase, esta quase ;-)

Presépio no Canal said...

;-) I have no photos this time of the dinner, but I have pics of the city where we stayed...:-) Very charming! ;-)
Just wait and see...:-)

APS said...

Sempre com paisagens deslumbrantes!

Presépio no Canal said...

Obrigada, APS :-) Que falta estas paisagens me faziam!!
Os Paises Baixos sao tao planos!

Margarida Elias said...

Que maravilha! Continuo a achar que és uma grande fotógrafa.:)

Presépio no Canal said...

Obrigada, Margarida! ;-) Beijinho ;-)

Leonor Lourenço said...

Olá amiga
Só de olhar ,relaxa. Achei que gostarias de saber de um blog dedicado à Aúrea. Beijinho
http://sonhos-aurea.blogspot.com/

Patricia Sgrignuoli said...

Sandra,

What a wonderful trip you´ve done!! Lago Como is beautiful, and with mountains, I love that place!!!
Very beautiful the photos of the landscapes!
I shall be waiting for the next post...

ana said...

Belíssimas e mais uma vez tenho alguma sintonia com este passeio. Passei por aqui, não exactamente pelo mesmo percurso mas fiz desde Milão ao Lago de Como, subi para a Suíça, fui até ao Lichtenstein e depois até Zurique e Genebra.
Adorei.
Parabéns pelas fotos. Muito obrigada pelo e-mail, em breve envio notícias. :))

Jacoba said...

Very nice impressions of a wonderful country. The mountains forever fascinate us, whether we see them from the sky flying over the Alpes, whether we go climbing, skiing, or driving through the scenery - it is forever impressive.
Your pictures and travel story reminds me of the many summer holidays we spent with our parents, crossing Europe in a VW bus, or with a huge circus like striped tent holding all of us. My mother just loved mountains, so we always ended up all around Switzerland. Lago di Como was one of the destinations. And I remember sipping apricot juice underneath this radiant orange red trumpetflower climber (old age creeping up: cannot remember the name right now) along the lake.
Enjoy your travels!

Presépio no Canal said...

Leonor: Obrigada pelo link. Assim que puder, vou ver.
Bom fim-de-semana!

Presépio no Canal said...

Patricia:

Lago Como is beautiful ;-) indeed...:-)
I became 'in love' for Lago Lugano. Pitty, I couldn't take the photo.

Beijinhos

Presépio no Canal said...

Ana:
Um bonito passeio tambem ;-)
Nunca fui ao Lichtenstein. Gostava de la ir e depois revisitar a Austria.
Beijinhos ;-)

Presépio no Canal said...

Jacoba:

You express exactly what I feel:
"The mountains forever fascinate us,"
"it is forever impressive"
...the imposing hill tops, the feeling of permanent discovery, we "never know" what we could find "around the corner": a lake, a valley, a stream, typical houses,...;-)

Such sweet memories, Jacoba! Thank you for sharing!
Delightful!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Well guess what....you are receiving them ALL, except the blue boots...those are for another person. BUT YOU ARE GETTING YOUR FAVORITE and then some! Sending them off next week dearest one! BISOUS! Anita

Presépio no Canal said...

Really!??? BIG THANK YOU!! They are all so pretty!! Dear, dear Anita, Mille Bisous!!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OUI! REALLY! In the post next week dearest one. You are a pearl. Anita

Thelma said...

Sandra,

O meu corpo e mente ficaram rendidos perante tanta beleza! Lugares onde a realidade parece uma ilusão...!!! Deixa lá às vezes dá-me pancas destas :D

Não agora a sério, que locais estupendos!

Tens razão quando disseste num destes comments que este tipo de paisagens fazem falta, os Paises Baixos são tão planos... sinto o mesmo!

Bom Fim-de-Semana e Beijinhos

Presépio no Canal said...

Thelma, e mesmo, a realidade parece uma ilusao, sobretudo quando estamos tanto tempo sem ver...eu gosto de uma paisagem mais irregular,
gosto que o meu olhar se surpreenda, gosto de variedade: ora uma planicie, ora uma leziria, ora uma serra...dai gostar tanto de Portugal...

Pinay in Dutchland said...

Lovely lovely photos especially the mountain views. Reminds me of the sights in the long stretch of road going to the Ardennes. Thanks for sharing.

Presépio no Canal said...

Hallo, Pinay ;-)

So nice to see you here ;-)
I'm glad you like the photos ;-) and they brought you good memories! ;-)

Have a nice Sunday!

Beijinhos ;-)

Sara said...

So beautiful! This must have been a wonderful journey! The lake and the mountains: nature in all its magnificence.
The pictures are charming. Thank you for sharing! They really appeal to you senses. Imagine you were there! :)

Presépio no Canal said...

Sara ;-) Thanks!!
You said everything..."magnificence" ;-)
Have a nice week ;-) Beijinhos!!