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    Just down the road from us in Tremezzo is the Villa Carlotta. It is a world famous botanical garden consisting of a stately villa built by the Marquis Clerici in the 18th. century and acres of gardens overlooking the Lake. Here are some isolated shots taken last week with the Zeiss 35-70. Unfortunately, I can't show you any of the interior of the villa because photography is not allowed inside.

    A small fountain in front of the villa:



    A portion of the front stairway:



    This was taken in a small shed that contained a collection of gardening tools:



    Just a pot with some flowers:



    And a final flower:


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    Allegra said she would be up for a workshop in Lake Como

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    Here are some hydrangeas in our garden shot with the Zeiss 28/2.0 Distagon:




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    Another flower in our garden taken with the Zeiss 35-70 (macro):


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    I am serious. Guy and I need to talk, and will pull you into the loop, but maybe we can work this into next year's schedule -- Spring in Italy anyone?
    Bud you don't even have to talk to me, book it Danno I am all over it. Ask a Italian kid from Jersey if he wants to go to the homeland and if he says no just shoot him on the spot he ain't worth being on this planet.
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    Re: Lake Como

    A view of Bellagio and the ferry we took from Varenna:


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    Re: Lake Como

    Has anyone been keeping count of those expressing interest? Seems like quite a few, so far. If no one has, I'll go back and do a rough count.

    The pictures posted sure do look inviting.
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    Re: Lake Como

    Quote Originally Posted by beamon View Post
    Has anyone been keeping count of those expressing interest? Seems like quite a few, so far. If no one has, I'll go back and do a rough count.
    Ok, no one did, so I rummaged through the thread, thus far, and came up with the following that have indicated interest:

    1. Bob & Cynthia
    2. Ralph Eisenberg
    3. Jack Flesher
    4. Robert Campbell
    5. Dale Allyn
    6. TEPnewyork
    7. woodyspedden
    8. hellenhill
    9. Chris Lawery
    10. Jono Slack
    11. Roger & Helen
    12. steflaurent974
    13. Joseph Ramos
    14. Guy Mancuso

    It would be safe to assume that many of the above would bring spouses, significant others, friends, etc. Is this enough to make serious work to this end worthwhile?

    More may chime in, and many will doubtless not be able to make it, but it's a good start!
    Last edited by Bob; 18th July 2009 at 11:52.
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    Re: Lake Como

    Cynthia will come for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    Cynthia will come for sure.
    -bob
    As will my Helen, so "beamon" becomes Roger & Helen Beamon. Too late for me to insert that in my post above, but you can, Bob.

    Speaking of editing, is there a reason that our editing time is so short on this board? Many boards allow one to edit their own posts for what seems like forever.
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    Re: Lake Como

    I don't know, I just work here

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    Edit time is 1 hour and there is a very specific reason for this on many forums. People say something and make someone else mad than change there post and it makes the person that got the hurt feelings the bad guy which is wrong. It's called controlling troll bait
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Edit time is 1 hour and there is a very specific reason for this on many forums. People say something and make someone else mad than change there post and it makes the person that got the hurt feelings the bad guy which is wrong. It's called controlling troll bait
    But the members here are above such things aren't they, Guy?

    Seriously, when differences of opinion have ocurred here, in my short tenure, it has been gratifying to note that they have remained civil and virtually without the ad hominem arguments that so typify many other boards. Hope it is ever thus.
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    Well you are correct Roger and it rarely ever becomes a issue.
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    Re: Lake Como

    I agree, these are lovely images, what a stunning location!

    Great work! I love it!

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    Re: Lake Como

    Phyllis would love to go back to Lake Como so count us in

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    Re: Lake Como

    Vineyards in Valtellina. This is an area at the top of the lake near the Swiss border where the vineyards are planted on the sides of the mountains.

    The foot path to the "Fracia" vineyards of the Nino Negro winery. (They also have a small restaurant in the middle of the vineyard.)



    It is quite a hike straight up the mountain ... almost there.



    The view from our table in the vineyard. The wine we were drinking was grown on those vines.



    Just another view of the vineyards looking in the opposite direction.


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    Clock tower at the village church in Chuiro, Valtellina, Northern Italy:


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    Re: Lake Como

    Does the the talk about a spring trip to Lake Como still have any legs? Is the idea dead or merely on hold until after the summer workshop is completed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by beamon View Post
    Does the the talk about a spring trip to Lake Como still have any legs? Is the idea dead or merely on hold until after the summer workshop is completed?
    No response/s?
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    Talk to the powers that be ... I am certainly in a position to help you out. But, no one has asked me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ftbt View Post
    Talk to the powers that be ... I am certainly in a position to help you out. But, no one has asked me.
    I think I am talking to the "powers that be" by posting about it here.

    My guess is that this is the point in time where it would have to be drawn together into a marketable package and offered to the members. Domestic travel within the U.S. is one thing, but this is quite a sizable increase in planning with many more details to cover.

    But, I also understand that the curent workshop has the spotllight, so maybe next year?! Even if it is determined that Spring of 2011 is the choice, it should be penciled on the calendar and the first steps taken, soon.
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    GOOD POINT. I would love to do this. Jack and I will chat together over a steak dinner in Oregon. Need to put this on my long list of discussions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    GOOD POINT. I would love to do this. Jack and I will chat together over a steak dinner in Oregon. Need to put this on my long list of discussions.
    Guy,
    I'll help discuss :-)
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    Remind us Bob, I would like to do this and no question you are in the discussion . We need you to create the wine list. LOL
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    Great! If Bob creates the wine list I want to be the sommelier! I do a great 'bow to the bottle' and my technique in decanting to the carafe, against the candle light source, is flawless!
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    Quote Originally Posted by beamon View Post
    ... Domestic travel within the U.S. is one thing, but this is quite a sizable increase in planning with many more details to cover.
    Well, international travel always has its challenges. From a logistics standpoint, one the biggest decisions would be whether all the US attendees would travel together on the same flight. Delta and American both fly non-stop from JFK to Malpensa (Milan). As a matter of fact, I just checked with Delta and they have a $628.00 special for a flight leaving on April 1, 2010 from JFK and returning April 15, 2010. If you live anywhere JetBlue flies, then getting to NY is also easy and relatively cheap. (We normally fly non-stop to London or Paris from the west coast and then over to Milan, but it might make more sense for you to leave from NY?)

    If a large number of the attendees traveled together to Milan on the same flight, then you would be wise to have a van meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. It is about an hour and half ride from Malpensa to where you would want to stay on the lake. The van can be easily arranged and then used to transport the group on its daily outings.

    I have fantastic hotels that I can suggest, as well as a tour-guide to accompany you and get you into places that either you would never find on your own, or wouldn't allow you to take photographs. (A lot of the stately villas have strict no-photo policies inside, especially flash photography.)

    Having transportation and a knowledgeable guide would make things much easier for you. (If you wanted to go off on your own, you could rent a car at the airport or in Como ... just arrange it in advance in the US, because it is extremely expensive if you just walk up to the counter and rent it.)

    So, this type of planning might be difficult if you are attempting something like for the first time, not really knowing "the lay of the land." But, as I said, I am more than willing to help you folks out with my contacts and resources, if you want me to.

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    Great input! I'm sure "the powers that be" are reading that.
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    Re: Lake Como

    We have just returned to our house at Lake Como from the truffle festival in Alba. Here is a view from back porch this morning looking north towards Menaggio:


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    The clouds lifted this afternoon to reveal some snow on the mountains across the Lake:


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    The sun came out this morning. Looking up the Lake towards St. Moritz:


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    Just a quick shot out the back door of our house at Lake Como looking across the meadow:



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    If you can squeeze one more in, I am interested. I am up in Canada, but I can get to Milano pretty easily.

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    My gosh, this brings back memories! In '96, I took eight-weeks sabbatical, splitting time between Amsterdam, the UK and Italy. I trained from Amsterdam to Milano, took a car and visited friends in Viareggio for a few days, then attended the 75th Raduno at Moto Guzzi's headquarters in Mandello del Lario on Lake Como.

    A beautiful area indeed! I'd love to go back there again on a photo trip. The Moto Guzzi factory itself would be a great subject for a photo study, there's a lot of history there.

    Paris ... Eh, be nice, but I'd rather spend more time in Italy. I've been to Paris too many times. ;-)

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    Re: Carenna

    Quote Originally Posted by ftbt View Post
    Lake Como can be expensive ... but it doesn't have to be. Certainly no more expensive than Milan. Actually, the further you go north up the Lake, (away from the city of Como), the more "affordable" it becomes ... especially if you stay on the eastern side of the Lake.
    ftbt,

    I couldn't find any hotels on the east shore of the lake, north of Varenna. Ideally, I'd like to find a simple room in Varenna or nearby. Do you know of any "pensione" in the vicinity?

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    Re: Lake Como

    This is in Pereldo, up the hill from Varenna with spectacular views:

    http://www.villamichelabb.blogspot.com/

    An old stand-by right in town is Albergo Milano:

    http://www.varenna.net/e/rates.htm

    If you have a car, you might want to try slightly north of Varenna in Bellano. Very nice.
    Here is the local web-site that should be of some help:

    http://www.comoguide.com/bellano-italy.html

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