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I am married to the love of my life and am finally able to shower him with all of the attention he deserves. I am now retired and living the life here in Europe. I am an American, he is an Australian, and this is our second overseas address. The first was Shanghai, China and now Munich, Germany. Come along and live the life with us as we continue our adventure of discovering all Europe has to offer.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Varenna, on the eastern shore of Lake Como.Image via Wikipedia
At 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.   

Sunday we took the long way back to Munich by driving through Italy's San Bernadino's mountain pass.  It was quite an experience breathing the cool Alpine air as we serpentined our way up the majectic mountains to the zenith.

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.

There were horses, sheep, donkeys, and cows grazing in placid pastures absolutely oblivious of the tourists approaching.

With each twist and turn of the road, we saw forests, valleys, lakes, and fresh Alpine mountain streams. 

This has been our second visit to the Alps in six months and we were just as awe struck this time as the last.  Our plan is to visit again very soon as ski season is quickly approaching.  Skiing is a sport that is new to both of us, but we are determined to give it a go.  It would seem a waste not to enjoy the mountains while we live so close.

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