dreaming of lesa

i have located heaven and its name is lesa

for the first 4 days of our journey we've stayed at a house on lago maggiore in the northern italian town of lesa - this is the view from our terrace of the almost full moon over the lake

there are several small islands in lake maggiore, so we took the boat to isola bella which is the site of a royal palace (some still live there but no sightings!) 

but we picnicked on the grounds with a view of the alps in the distance which was plenty royal for me. 

one day we drove up into the mountains to a little town called macugnaga located on the swiss frontier - 

the second to last night our hosts, luisa and dado, prepared a meal for us which was fantastic.......hats off to the chefs!!!

my nephew, sister and i digging in to osso buco and risotto

then we took a trip down memory lane and visited our former home in torino, italy, where my family lived when my sister and i were little girls - we look a lot different now but the building and neighborhood haven't really changed!

so far we have eaten many amazing meals (this is italy after all - no bad food!)

consumed our share of cappuccino (sometimes multiple times a day it's so good --- especially with foamed milk hearts!)

you gotta love a country where people can enjoy a glass of wine in the street.......

i'll leave you with a foto of a sign on isola bella -- the royal family asks people to keep the noise down -- but we noticed someone (a young prince?) used the sign for target practice and was a pretty good shot! (however, sort of defeats the purpose of the sign........;-)

am pointing the car east for the next stop on our journey...........will post once again when i have internet - for now ciao bellas!



  1. You're in my favourite country. Enjoy it. I am looking forward to reading about your travels.

  2. A wonderful post that you propose !I like these beautiful photos, the first is gorgeous and the third, it reminds me my area !
    I also like that of the meal, a warm moment ! Bravo ! :))


  3. That shot of the inconstant moon, heaven on earth!

  4. It looks lovely - different than your California visit

  5. Bellissimo!!!!! The photo from your balcony of the moon over the lake is GORGEOUS!!!! Ah, Italia..... I know you were in Heaven....the buildings (so many menories for you.....and now I know you spent some childhood years there....how lovely to re-visit), the food (Mamma Mia), the vino, the Alps!!! (I love them so.) And now....you are heading "East"....hmmmmm...many wonderful options there.....can't wait to see where you all are next!!!

    Ciao Bella!

    Con Amore,

    ♥ Robin ♥

  6. Ciao Amanda! Eat for all of us, please.

  7. Wow, what an amazing trip! I love the photo of you before the mountains especially. You are so lucky to have lived there. I'm returning to Northern Italy for a visit this summer - I can't wait.

  8. Buon Giorno! Ciao Bella!! You can see I spend two weeks in Italy this summer enjoying Tuscany - best food, best times. Enjoy!!!

  9. oh! oh amanda! that first shot is unbelievable. it will win a photography contest. it will...!

    you are in italy. my heart is pumping visiting you here. i LOVE italy. i can't wait to go back.

    i wondered earlier today where you've been and now i know. i wish you every magical moment, and i can see that is indeed what you are having.


  10. Looks like you're having a truly wonderful time.

    When our daughter was in Italy a few weeks ago, we decided to eat Italian to celebrate her adventure. But I'm sure our culinary experiences pale in comparison to yours.

    Overall, I can see why you would want more of lesa. ;)

  11. Cooee Amanda looking forward to seeing more of your global travels. Looks like you are all having a wonderful time. Smiles*!*

  12. It is so fun to see through your eyes!

  13. This is a fantastic journey! Looking forward to more pictures, in the meantime; enjoy the food, enjoy the wine, and enjoy the company :-)

  14. Will you also be going to Rome and visit Lola? Or will you be staying in the ara? Everything looks so lovely. How about the starry skies? (I guess no night howls? I thought your trip would go to the Prairies!) Keep us posted!

  15. ce bella luna sorella. in geneve oggi e genoa domani. hope the sun shines and the wind subsides. how is dalmatia?
    buon notte cara mia

    te amo

  16. Wow I want to be you... this looks like heaven with food.

    Keep on sharing when you can and have a safe and fun loving time away.

    best wishes

  17. thank you all for your lovely comments -- i will do my best to answer everyone until my internet cuts out! (currently in a very rural region of slovenia so here goes.....!)

    loree - thanks dear! italy tops all our favorite lists i think!

    mahon - you are right - the meal was definitely a warm moment ;-)

    yoli - that view of the moon was as you said!

    joe - thanks for visiting! the cal trip was different - both places are exquisite in their own ways....

    robin dear -- i will be posting from our 'eastern' destination soon -- but want you to know i thought of you outside la scale in milano you opera buff!!

    rosaria -- rest assured i am eating for a whole army!

  18. ahhh my internet has not cut out yet so I will keep on!!

    sarah - enjoy your trip next summer - i imagine the region is stunning in a whole other way in summer....

    mim! so you were in italy or you will be going? i will try to check your blog and see...!

    thank you kj for magical moment wishes ---- that is so lovely xxx

    rob bear -- that is so sweet that you celebrated your daughter's visit with italian food - i bet it was fantastic!!!

    annie - thanks for traveling along with me in cyberspace -- i saw the most beautiful hawk the other day and thought of you!! xx

  19. nancy -- so good to see you -- thank you for stopping by!

    sara louise - thank you so much -- i wonder if the little village i am currently staying at is similar to yours in france?

    geli -- i WISH i could go to Roma and visit Lola but very sadly it will not work out on this trip with our schedule -- but my sister and her son are going to Rome and will get in touch with her so i hope at least they can meet!!! xoxox

    sorella -- buon viaggio!!!! learn lots of physics and teach me all you know when i see you!

    robyn - you said it best -- heaven with food. that describes it to a 'T'!! thank you for your dear wishes xxx

  20. i'm the caboose, late to comment!

    these photos - you are killing me with these shots and the way you and yours embrace life. thank you for sharing!

  21. Ahhhh, so BEAUTIFUL! Hope you are having a wonderful time. With Osso Buco on the menu, how could you not? xx

  22. Incredible pictures from a beautiful place. The last one is amazing! Kind regards.

  23. Just a little note to let you know I scrolled down through all your travel posts. Excellent!

  24. hello, this is Luisa from....Lesa.
    It's really amazing the way foreigners make us understand what paradise we live in.
    Thank you Amanda your blog is very moving and I really hope to have you and all your family back with us...so that you could enjoy our garden


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