It was full of tourists but they seemed to be for the most part Europeans. Many bazaars & outdoor cafes but the most amazing thing was the Chateau Borromes and the gardens. The Chateau had only recently been re-decorated tho’ it belonged to the Duke of Milan in the 15th century & is quite old. We enjoyed seeing the rooms which tho’ elaborate were more to our taste than the more garish decor we’d seen lately. The gardens were extensive – many levels, hundreds of varieties of flowers & trees, fountains, statues – just fabulous.
We returned to the hotel for lunch – there was a crowd this meal time outside on the patio – we saw more young people but still few Americans. After a brief rest, we sat on the hotel private waterfront (cabanas furnished free) and swam in the lake & sunned. The water was cold & had waves – felt good tho’. We all played a round of miniature golf in the hotel’s beautiful gardens. Had drinks in the room before going out. Found a clean-looking Ristorante and ate supper in the patio. Food & service only fair but the wine was good.
We strolled on the boulevard briefly – there was a wind off the lake & it was chilly. Stopped for coffee & brandy and to listen to some music, then went to the hotel and to bed.brandy • water taxi • wine