I have confirmed yesterday and today that I am stupid.
Why? Because I always avoided Lake Como due to foolish prejudices. This might be the nicest spot in Europe. There are few places where humans have improved upon nature, but changes here have made the spot more attractive. Strict ownership and zoning have prevented large hotel chains and US style ravaging for profit. Of course, only a few can benefit from ownership or rental, but they are spared mass tourism. Most surprising is that restaurant prices are not only decent, but below what I expected in such a spot.
We decided upon this destination late, so the selection of rental properties was limited. We took the best of a small selection, but are not completely satisfied. The house offers a marvelous view of the lake and Alps, so we satisfy ourselves with enjoying the view from the terrace.
We can walk down steep stone steps to a tiny beach. The lake water is clear and clean., offering a refreshing change on a hot day.
All surrounding properties are closed up, because most come only for the month of July. We get to enjoy solitude, disturbed only by birdsong and the occasional thunderstorm.
One drawback to this property is that we must drive to a town; I would prefer to be able to walk. Parking is always a challenge, because land on the step slopes of the lake is restrictive. Paradise was never supposed to be perfect; one must appreciate the small inconveniences.
Fortunately, we are far from the town where George Clooney attracts attention...
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.