Image via WikipediaAt times it's hard to realize that much of Europe's beauty lies right within our grasp. We have to look no further than a bike trail to take us to nature's bounty. It is exceedingly hard to realize that lakes, mountain ranges, and rivers that I used to dream of visiting are now situated so close to us. The list of places we want to see keep growing with every new venture.
Before we began our ascent, we took time out at Lake Como to enjoy the scenery and have a great cup of Italian coffee. They sure know how to do coffee! Here's Steve standing at the side of the lake waiting on his cuppa.
Here's a gentelman reading his morning newspaper at the side of Lake Como. Now I could get used to that.
The lake is a small jewel surrounded by the Italian Alps. Life takes on a different cadence and the Italians, used to the sunshine and fresh mountain air, enjoy life with a vigour seldom seen in the big city.
Further along in our drive we came to this valley with a road snaking through it with farms, shepherds, rivers,and livestock peppering the pastoral vista.
With each twist and turn of the road, we saw forests, valleys, lakes, and fresh Alpine mountain streams.