Many might not enjoy vacation at Lake Como. Let them remain afar, but I will return.
Fans of Disney-style artificiality, brand name sameness, and packaged fantasy will criticize Old World authenticity, inconsistent uniqueness, and natural beauty.
People willing to pay inflated prices for mediocre food and drink might suspect the quality, because they have rarely, if ever, come face-to-face with good food at decent prices.
Anyone needing stimulation to find enjoyment will miss such blights of modern life as amusement parks, discotheques, and strip malls.
Those demanding multi-lane, divided highways to speed them past something worth seeing will criticize narrow, winding roads, which hug the lake shore, thread through picturesque villages, pierce rock in dark, narrow tunnels, or climb steep hills in numerous switch backs.
Someone unable to sit still and enjoy a lovely view will surely be dissatisfied or even go crazy.
People unable to appreciate nature and man’s ability to improve upon it with stone walls, hedges, flowering bushes, and towering trees should stay out of my way and beyond earshot. Who wants to hear moaning of anyone unable to grasp beauty, charm, or the appeal of tranquility in a place untouched by most “progress”?
NB. One unpleasant aspect of modern life has made it’s way to the shores of Lake Como. Lush vegetation needs trimming in a world designed and controlled by humans. Beautiful hedges do not get that way without care. Small plots of grass on steep, terraced hills must be cut. All this was done by hand in the past, but irritating machines have replaced manpower. One is frequently disturbed by weed whackers, noisily creating the beauty I praise above. I am reminded to take the bad with the good, but still feel that trimming shears would make be happier.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.