Trip to Lago di Como In Winter - Europe Diary #1

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There is hardly any place in Europe that you won't love, at first sight, which doesn't bring the romantic side in you. It's full of beauty, grandeur, scenery, and love.

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This blog is about my random trip to Como di Lago and believe me it was nothing less than a paradise.


Have you ever been to a place without knowing anything about it, and it turns out beautiful than you can even imagine...It was during one of my free weekends that I was randomly looking for Things to do in Milan- and found one article where it was mentioned Como lake being just two hours away and a must visit in summers to enjoy it to the fullest. But I decided to go anyways even in winters. I didn't even book my train tickets, just packed my bag for a day and reached Milano Centrale, and luckily I found one of the trains in no time and reached to one of the most beautiful towns.


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I usually prefer going to more offbeat places, ones which are not crowded... This was my first trip after reaching Europe so I wasn't sure if its gonna be touristy or if its gonna be quiet and calm .....But thanks to my flatmate one thing I was aware of - that its a bit expensive, but so was the whole of Europe.


WHAT TO EXPECT


Como Lake also is known as Lago di Como in Italian Located just below the Southern border of Switzerland is said to be one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe.
Lake Como is huge and has many colorful, gorgeous towns around it and ferry is the easiest way to get around and Few towns to include in your list are:

Bellagio

Bellagio is probably the most well-known town on Lake Como

Menaggio

The village of Menaggio on Lake Como offers many adventure water sports and is popular of golf.

Varenna

Varenna is famous for its natural beauty and medieval center and a castle. (Unluckily I couldn't visit the place even though it was my first choice after I got to know about it)

Tremezzo

It gives a glimpse of old-world luxury charm with a modern twist and is home to beautiful Villa Carlotta


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Como City is at the base of the lake which looks like upside down ‘Y’ letter. Its a quiet serene place in the midst of nature with luxurious villas, boutique hotels, colorful houses, and classic Italian cafes and restaurants.


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Just two hour from Milan- one can take a morning train from Milano Centrale to Como city and the journey in itself is beautiful due to change of scenery, which is a treat to the eyes and the soul. I took a train at around 6.30 am from Milano Centrale and the journey was extremely gorgeous, I was sleepy from waking up early, but the views kept me awake and curious, and within 40 mins the scene changed from a normal sunny day to snow all around. Coming from a desert state I am always excited to see snow, no matter how many times I have seen.


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How to Reach from Milan to Lago di Como and to Bellagio


Milan to Como City

Frequency- In every 30-40 mins, Journey time- 60-80 mins
Ticket cost- 4.80 to 13.50 Euros depending on which class you are traveling and the time of travel. (I took the cheapest one in the early hours)

Como Lago railway station to Como City- by bus

Just outside the station, there is a bus stop where one can find buses in every 10-20 mins
Price- 1.50 Euros

Como di Lago to Bellagio- frequency every 2 hours

Tickets to the boat or hydrofoil (much faster) need to be purchased prior to departure which is subject to availability
Ticket price- 14.5 euros


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First view of the city from the bus


It was only after I reached there that I got to know that George Clooney has a Villa somewhere between Bellagio and Como city and looking at the place I can understand why.

I reached Como city at around 8.30 and headed straight to the hotel which I booked while coming from Milan .

I booked a single day stay at - Riva Al Lago, it isn't even closely remoted to being luxurious, but I was on a budget trip and just wished to spend the night, rest of the day I was to explore.so it didn't matter. 😅


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This wasn't even a peak season – and the room prices were 50 Euros per night.😲😨
And wait..its gets better....what I didn't know was that the room was on 3 guests sharing basic...Really???50 euros for just a bed and 2 more people sharing... I was surprised and a bit scared as well, have never shared a room with strangers before...
But without thinking much I left the place to deal with it later since even the manager would be arriving only after 10 am and I had two more hours before I check in.


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Caffe Maya

So leaving my luggage at the reception, with just my camera and daypack I left to just enjoy the early morning weather. I walked for around 20 mins in almost all direction trying to find a cafe for breakfast and found one Cafe -Maya where I had my coffee and freshly baked croissants and the guy generously offered me a Turkish sweet dish ‘Baklava’ for being his first customer of the day.


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Happy and full I planned to take a ferry to one of the islands instead of waiting for check-in. Till then I just clicked some pictures, sat near the lake looking at the ducks and seagulls. The quaint little town is everything I have heard about Europe, quiet, calm, picturesque and expensive.


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While I was waiting for the ferry I met three gorgeous girls who too were traveling solo like me and we all just instantly connected. It was amazing to have a company and talk about different cultures. One of the girls was Japanese, the other from Milan and one from Ireland and we soon became quite comfortable.
Being there in winter had its advantage, the place wasn't crowded and less expensive as I was told!!!!


Bellagio - The Jewel of Lake Como


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I took a fast ferry (1 hours journey) to Bellagio with the other girls I met and what an amazing ride it was.so many amazing views, it just took us an hour to reach Bellagio giving us the opportunity to admire the gorgeous stunning sea and mountain scenery.


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As we went little more up and the scenery kept evolving, entrancing us.


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And we reached Bellagio


Bellagio is one of the prettiest towns on Lake Como in Italy... I could see myself looking at those cute colorful houses for hours and hours. Bellagio itself is a small place so you can walk everywhere and can see the whole place in a day, though people prefer staying in Bellagio or Varenna instead of Como city, I found it more expensive.


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There are bright red, yellow and green buildings with steep stone stairs, and its one of the places where you would just want to sit, relax, have a cup of coffee or wine and look at the panoramic views. it had an old world elegant charm to it.


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Every side I turned the view was absolutely amazing.


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To my surprise, the place was much quieter than Como and I don't remember seeing many people wandering on the streets, probably because it was extremely cold. But this wasn't going to stop me from exploring the place and luckily the other three girls felt the same.


A walk in the garden


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Chris hugging the tree, somehow it gave us all an amazing feeling


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This reminded me of Harry Potter movies because of the vibes and of course the Whomping Willow trees


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After a long walk we found one cafe and now I knew where the whole town was. It was packed and we had to wait for 10 mins to get a seat, there was nothing much to ponder – Being a Vegetarian I knew I had only one option to order from the land of Pizza, pasta, and gelato- and that's Vegetarian Pizza.


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And Oh Boy! I was impressed! It was one of the best I had, the meals here are prepared by local, home-trained cooks in traditional style. the sauce was fresh and one can smell the earthy flavors.
I couldn't recall the name of the cafe but the view from there was breathtaking.


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After our delicious lunch, we just sat alongside the Como lake looking at the stunning panoramic views of the Alps across the lake.


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Bellagio is one of the most beautiful towns in Europe, and its impossible not to fall in love with it.❤️

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We left at around 5.30 back to Como, and that's when I realized I haven't done my check in yet and my luggage was still at the reception. I can sometimes be very absent-minded. Anyways, one of the girls Chris decided to stay back as well while others left for Milan. Since she had made no bookings, she decided to check in with me only and lucky for me we took a double sharing room in 60 Euros in the same hotel. Honestly, this was a relief as I won't be sharing the room with strangers and also now it was cheaper.


Since we both didn't get enough time to see the Como city, we decided to stay for a day more and explore the city. And I am extremely glad that I stayed back the next day as well, otherwise, I wouldn't have had the best day of my life.


I will be writing my next blog about my day in Como Lake city and how this is one place you need to include in your Europe travel list and can not to be missed.


I hope you enjoyed reading my post and I am grateful for every Upvote, Resteem, and Comment. Until next time! 😍

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Love. Swati ❤️

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Hiya, just swinging by to let you know that this post made the Honorable mentions list in today's Travel Digest #316. Please drop by to check out all the rest of today's great posts and consider upvoting the Travel Digest if you like what we're doing.

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Heya, thank you so much for considering this.. Really happy and honoured 😍
Love. Swati

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Hahaha nice.... i read the "old" comments... you called curie - who want, will gets ;-)

Interesting thing, i only know Bellagio from las vegas casinos. :-D
Therefore, I am very happy that you have brought us great photos and impressions and share them with us here.

By the way, im on love with the Vegetarian Pizza., I hope you enjoyed it!

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haha..I wish it was that way- I would happily call curie after every post..😂
Interestingly Even i too connected Bellagio with Las Vegas Casinos, but what I found out was- Bellagio Hotel is an imitation of the 'Pearl of the Lake como'- Bellagio town..and i would love to see the hotel one day and know why it's so popular..Have you been there?
Thank you for stopping by and for the kind words.
There are very few options when it comes to vegetarian food, and especially when you are traveling to a beach or lake...but I am happy that I was able to find some amazing options here.
What made this Pizza amazing was its fresh sauce,I see you have been writing food blogs, and so you would understand the earthy flavors makes a big difference for someone who eats frozen Pizza's.. haha
Love.Swati

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haha yes yes :-)

You should also throw away your frozen food and start by making on your self. Its sometimes even cheaper and often faster. .... and much much more delicious, im glad you also checked my blog :-)

By the way yep, we had been with friends about 4 or 5 times in vegas in the past times.. its some years ago and now i miss this city much. Crazy people there and crazy entertainment!

Kisses and hugs back :-)

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I am trying to eat fresh, but it can be difficult sometimes with the work timings..anyways, I am definitely gonna give up frozen foods.Thanks for encouraging.
I am sure you would have many crazy Las Vegas stories, I would love to read them..
Love

When i read your travel diary. It brought me back to times when i studied in UK. We was traveled around Europe (Paris,Amsterdam, Blackpool, Coventry etc) by all sort of transportation (cars, bus, trains). And it very time consuming as we need to search what was the best method and save time. It very thoughtful of you in this article, you provided the information on the route, mode of transportation, traveling time and price. This really a great help who are travel alone.
By reading your article, it really brought me back to my old times especially with your details guide. It made me to have a virtual visit the old place again. I really love the atmosphere there peace and quite. People are friendly, they would shown you the way if you ask for direction.

Good write up @itravelarts and i loves your photos also.

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hey, how are you doing..?
What did you study in UK?
yes, people, there were really amazing, even though we had a language barrier thr was always someone who is happy to help you.
the place looks quite and peaceful mainly because it was the off season- it's very cold in winters, but during summers the place is more gorgeous and very much lively.
what did you prefer for transport in Europe? I loved the trains, they were cheap and also very comfortable.
I am so very glad that it brought back some good old memories to you and you could relive those days again.
Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words.
Love. Swati

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Hey Swati, I studied computer science in UK. The people there really amazing, very helpful. and the environment very peaceful as well. I also preferred trains, it very comfortable and transit very easy as well. I really the old days :) Thank you for brought back my old memories. Did you have a chance to visit the market?

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Oh, so cool, I am a sucker at anything related to technology...hahahah, we both don't work very well.
you mean markets in Italy? I visited weekend farmers market in Milan, and ofcourse the market near Duomo, It was an amazing experience for me.
where do you stay now? and are you working with corporate sector?

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Yes, any of their market. It very cool and amazing. :) I stay in Malaysia. Work in corporate world now. How I hope when i retire, I can have another europe tour again.

I am a sucker at anything related to technology...hahahah, we both don't work very well.

But you very good in photography. And i sucks in that area. How I hope can have your skill.

It looks beautiful even in the winter, I wonder how much more beautiful it would look during summer... Do you plan on visiting there maybe sometime during summer? I think it will be great to see the city through different eyes (both summer and winter)

I love the garden and that planet frosted with ice, it will be cool to see how vibrant, luscious and green it would look during summer..

Thanks for sharing those travel details, with that, it would definitely be easy for someone visiting there for the first time to find their way around..

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from what I have heard, it's extremely gorgeous, much greener and lively in summers, a lot of water sports and water-related activities happening.If I ever go back to Europe I would definitely go back to Como Lake.Its one of my favorite places..
Thank you for stopping by and for appreciating.
How are thibgs with you and hows the weather in Nigeria?
Love.Swati

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Oh wow! That sounds like fun.. You definitely should visit there...

Everything is going on fine! Where I live, the weather has been quite nice. Since you love travelling, you should come over here sometime, there are a whole lot of places to explore

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Actually, I am very interested in visiting Nigeria, since the time I have heard of the Nok culture and the life-sized Terracotta, I have wanted to see and know more about it..The terracotta is absolutely amazing..I am sure I will make a visit someday..do you close by to that area?

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Oh yeah, the Terracotta is amazing! I live not too far from the area where it was discovered....

It was very nice to see that marvelous place in photos and to read about your wonderful trip! Italy is one of the most beautiful country in Europe (I'm from Romania)! This is not a text from a tourist book, this is my opinion, although I have never been there, yet :) I'm watching Rai Uno, the firs and most known Italian Tv and I've seen many, many places.
European countries have a long history and some countries were able to preserve the old buildings, statures and artworks. Those old houses have a long history and that makes those places so great. It's nice to visit there no matter the season. This is up north, so winter is wonderful as well. Have you heard that Italian they are speaking there? They have a special and cute accent, king of German ish :)
The pizza looks great and those narrow streets and the houses are beautiful!

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Thank you @erikah
I had a very close friend from Romania when I was living in Europe..One of the best and most humble people I have met..and always wanted to see the beauty in Romania, but couldnt..she told me so much about the churches and Castles from Romania, and was so fascinated..I hope I can travel thr sometime.
I did live there for some time and yes, i had the opportunity to talk to locals in Como, they do have an accent and its quite nice, I had some trouble understanding as there aren't many english speaking people.
Have you been to Como lake?

It looks beautiful even though very cold! It's awesome you found friends to tour with. That's the best way to have fun. The prices don't really sound so bad at all, considering the location. All of the trees look amazing, especially the palms. This is not something I would have expected to see in such a place. Good for you to be so adventurous, and I look forward to your next post :)

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@fitinfun Thank you for stopping by..and for your kind words..I felt 50 euros on a sharing was a lot, but i got a good deal later, but i understand why it would be so expensive, the location was perfect, wondering how expensive it would be in summers..I think i spend hours just looking at those willow trees..they looked gorgeous and so mysterious.
Have you been to Como lake?

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No I haven't. I was in Europe in the late 1970's but not there. I'm in SE Asia now and probably won't get over there soon. I'm very glad to see it through your eyes though :)

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Thank you @curie for your continuous support...Really honored.
Love and more power to you😘

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Hey, thank you.. Highly honoured... 😍

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It's a great post and thank you for sharing your own experience.
this post is amezing and too big ,Maybe you should have divided it into two or more parts but this is awesome.
actually I love this type of post so I want to resteem this post heartly

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Haha, I know it's kinda big post, but I already have next part coming up, so felt like shoudo in just two post. Anyways, thank you for stopping by and for your kind words 😍

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Scott and I love to travel places in offseasons. There are no crowds, not as expensive, and no lines to anything. I am so glad you took this chance and went at this time. It enabled you to see some of the places and things you wouldn't have been able to otherwise.

I am loving the photo where the sun is shining over the mountain tops above the lake. Such a pretty place. You have made me wish I had my passport already! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
Ren

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It indeed was a amazing place, may be once you complete all the counties you can travel to Europe, it's extremely gorgeous thr.. And you will love the road trips too.. I am glad you liked it.
Thank you for stopping by and appreciating
Love. Swati😍

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We can't wait to get to Europe. Both of us were in a Middles Ages recreation group and loved the study of the history. So much of it there. Just can't wait!
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howdy there itravelarts! wow what can I say? this is an amazing post, where's curie? lol. I mean really. Great details, perfect, gorgeous scenery and photos of the scenery, a grand post!
If I ever make it to Europe I'll have to go here!

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Hey, how have you been doing? I must be missing something to be noticed by Curie..thank you and it's something not be missed.. I wasn't able to see all the towns but Verenna I heard is the best one... If I ever go back to Europe I will surely go thr.
Love. Swati 😍

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howdy again itravelarts! well I've been watching curie for weeks know and learning about the way they operate. It's quite hit and miss and luck! Once you get hit by them then they usually come back every 3 weeks but to get their attention in the first place is the hard part.

If you know one of their curators then you can submit a post and have them look at it but I don't know who their curators are..but I do know that they play their favorites and I'm shocked many times at how low quality of posts they award just because they like the author.

The other day they hit someone who didn't write a single word, they just threw up a photo! lol.
so don't feel bad, many people have been posting quality stuff for 2 years and haven't been noticed by them.

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Really..just one pic, and the post was picked, I have seen this recently with the higher reputation as well, they just post one random pic and getting 40- or more Steem .. wonder whys that!!! anyways, I really appreciate your comforting words, I ain't feeling bad of course, I have met some amazing people here and I couldn't be more glad about it. Rest things will fall in place today or tomorrow.
"Do your best and leave the rest" Right..
Love . Swati

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howdy there itravalarts! "do your best and leave the rest" yes exactly that all we can do. Well, I've been studying curie and how they operate and while their curators are human and have favorites they seem to be fair most of the time and they come back around to the same ones every three weeks so you should be getting hit again! lol

It's not fair to the rest of us but once you get hit by them they keep hitting the same people even if it's not a great post. I know people who get hit consistently every three weeks regardless so it boosts their rep score significantly, usually 1.5 points each visit.

The rest of us have to do it the old fashioned way! lol.
hope you guys are doing great!

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wow, that's some observation. :)
I think I have been just lucky to be noticed by curie this early.
hey, did you get accepted by Alliance.?

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of course, how could they not want me? lol. just teasing.
yes but it was not what I was expecting ..I thought it would be somewhat like steemitbloggers where we are forced at least a little to support each other but it's not that way and they have the discord but I don't know anyone and don't know what to say in there, they are all friends and if I say something it's cutting into their conversation and they don't know me so it hasn't done much to be there.

but I have found some of them through the discord that I am supporting and getting to know through commenting so that parts good.
but to get in good with the leaders I'd probably have to spend alot of time in discord and right now I'm trying to keep the lead in the League so that's where most of my time goes..to commenting and posting.

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hahahaha...
But I understand I have tried connecting people on discord but thr have been times i feel the same..
I am glad you are able to make friends through discord and doing so amazing at League...You are already a leader..

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Lake Como... so many people from Switzerland spend their vacation there instead of going to the sea. It's nearby and it's all you can wish for vacation. I've heard that there are place where you can't see the other end so it actually feels like sea.

Thank you for taking us with you on your trip. I love your photos as usually :)

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You are so lucky to to be living in such a gorgeous place.. I must have not gotten to that side where you can't see the other end, probably it was much further or may be I missed..
Thank you.. And loads of love 😍

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Thank you for coming back to me. Yes, I feel blessed to live in Switzerland :) Oh, it's what people say but it might not even be true. You know.. with age, eyes are getting worse, LOL

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hehehe...may be we can find it out once any of us go back to Como lake.. <3

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hahaha, that's true! I guess you have no plans to come to Europe soon?

Hey @itravelarts thank you for sharing your winter trip to Como di Lago, that is a real paradise in Europe, I know because my mother-in-law usually travels with her friends and sometimes bowling club to that nice area, you are right the beauty of this place with wonderful architecture and little alley takes you back in the history, it is a pity that you were there in winter the summer days are so nice to stay long days outside and enjoy sunset. I love the trip with ferry again you have a nice view of water and land, very refreshing. You anacks with croissants and hot drink must be really delicious after being in cold outside.

Really enjoyed your photogallery thank you for sharing your experience,

Cheers, from Art-supporting blog @art-venture
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Site seeing is amazing. Cool pictures though. There are also places in Africa in which where you go, your jaws will drop.

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thank you @trojan4
I am sure Africa is one of the best places on this planet, with such an amazing setup of landscapes and wildlife..its a paradise for photographers and animal lovers.
I have planned last year to travel to Africa but somehow couldn't, extremely interested in seeing the great Migration..Have you been to Tanzania, or do you stay thr?

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The funniest thing is that even though am so much in love photography and Africa is the best as you said, I haven't really explored it much.
I base in Lagos Nigeria and I haven't left the country yet. Although I have plans on doing that somewhat in the future

Oh I missed the photos!
I got a slow internet now here. So sad...
I could only see a single image, a map...

Anyways, I guess I'll be back when the internet connection will restore fast and furious lol!

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No problem @ronel , would love to see you back..where are you from?

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I'm from the Philippines. Thanks for asking Swati!
I guess somewhat similar time yesterday, its been loading very slow lol!
Anyways, thanks for spending time talking to me, my pleasure to talk to you.
Getting hot in here!