Dicey travel day. We waited until 7:45 for the 7:06 from Dormelletto, at which point our friend Matt decided to take us by car to Milan, where it turned out that our train to Verona was already 10 minutes late, which stretched to an hour and 5 minutes. But eventually we arrived, hoofed around town for a while, stopped for lunch at a little place near San Fermo and had some very nice Fettuccine with Mushrooms, lots of different kinds, and after a bit went back to the station to look for George and Leslie.
Some light snow arrived to greet the Californians, who were charmed by it.
Leisurely breakfast, then we took the train into Milan from Arona with Matt and Sheryl and the girls, then subway to the Duomo area. So crowded! A lot of walking around town, tried to get into the Duomo, but the lines were just way too long, so instead we went to the church of San Bernardino alle Ossa, and har to imagine the Duomo could have been any more interesting. An entire chapel lined floor to ceiling with human bones. And then some more walking around, stopped for a few coffees, and eventually walked back to Garibaldi and caught the last train back. We had a very lovely mushroom risotto Matt cooked, and some fine wine, stayed up a while talking about this and that. Very impressed with the level of the homework the girls are doing in school. Georgia’s 5th grade grammar book covers a lot of the same ground that my graduate class did.
In Dormelletto, Italia with our friends Matt and Sheryl and their kids, Georgia and Rosie. Nice walk in the park in the morning with Matt and the girls, then a little road trip to Lake Orta where we had a pretty fine lunch at the hotel in Orta San Giulio next to the lake, lake fish ravioli for me. Rhonda stayed home to nurse some jet lag. Pretty fine here.