I had international friends staying with me and I’d originally planned to join them on an excursion to
I couldn’t wait to spend a day out after a string of dull rainy days, but before that I had to make sure I was ready to put up with the… scathing sarcasm of my friend’s boyfriend. The first impact of his humour had not been painless. Maybe because I am touchy, but every other joke he cracked seemed to me to be inspired by national conceit that betrayed a good measure of contempt for what he saw as an inferior country!
The day they spent in
That night we had one hour sleep less because of the switch to summer time, but I was up at the first rustle in the adjoining room. I didn’t want my friends to overlook my note and leave me behind. I gave them a personal update and as we were going by car we could treat ourselves to some more sleep.
It was a marvellous when we caught the first glimpse of the lake: the flat surface mirrored the blue sky above, the air was clear and the snow capped
We strolled along the lakeshore at Varenna and later basked in the sun at Menaggio. We ate our picnic lunch using Chinese chopsticks for fun. I had left the Easter cake I had baked for the rest of the family at home, but I didn’t forget about it. In the evening, when I got together with those I had left behind, we tackled the pastiera with voracious appetite and there was an occasion for sharing at least a moment of the festival.