A Kiss on the Chic’s Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio Day 4

Oct 1, 2012

Sep­tem­ber 21st, was the last day of the retreat. After I taught my Anti­quat­ed Curiosi­ties Shad­ow Box class Car­o­line and I ate lunch and head­ed out for a walk to go see the har­bor side of Bel­la­gio. Talk about worth every sin­gle gru­el­ing step up and down all the hills and many, many, many sets of steps. I told her I felt like I was at ulti­mate fat camp and the only thing instead of choco­late being dan­gled in front of me to keep me going was the gor­geous view around each and every turn along our path.

  • Pho­to 1 is of the amaz­ing class­room.
  • Pho­to 2 is the view from the amaz­ing class­room.
  • Pho­to 3 was tak­en along the short walk to Babaya­ga where we had a won­der­ful Cheese Plat­ter, Cap­rese Sal­ad and Piz­za. Car­o­line and I split a piz­za because it was so big! Pho­tos 4, 5, 6 and 7 show our awe­some food.
  • Pho­tos 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 are sites we saw along our walk.
  • Pho­tos 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 were tak­en once we arrived to the har­bor side. It was so qui­et as the tourists pret­ty much remain on the oth­er side. To live in one of those apart­ments and have a view of the lake and moun­tains would be amaz­ing. One build­ing, Pho­tos 19 and 21, is COVERED in grapevine. I have no idea how long it took to be cov­ered like that but it had to be a long time. The trunk on that vine was the size of a small tree.
  • While wan­der­ing along the street we came upon and old aban­doned home, Pho­to 22. I would have loved to jumped that fence to get a look inside.
  • Across from the home was the most beau­ti­ful ceme­tery I’ve ever seen. You can get a small glimpse of it in Pho­to 23.

After Car­o­line and I returned from our jour­ney to the har­bor side we had some down time with our fun roomie Chris then start­ed to get ready for din­ner that evening on the Ter­race of the Grand Hotel Vil­la Ser­bel­loni. There we had the most amaz­ing Mol­e­c­u­lar din­ner. We had home made caciot­ta with aspara­gus sal­ad, Green tagli­oli­ni with Taleg­gio cream sauce, our choice of Roast chick­en with onion and pota­toes or Steamed salmon esca­lope with leek cream sauce and pars­ley pota­toes (I picked the steamed salmon) and for dessert we had the choice of Tiramisu or Mixed fruit sor­bets (I picked the Tiramisu) each course of this din­ner was absolute­ly spec­tac­u­lar.

  • Pho­tos 1, 2, 3 and 4 shows the beau­ti­ful walk to the hotel .
  • Pho­tos 5, 6, 7 and 8 were tak­en in front of the hotel as the sun was set­ting. It was a gor­geous sun­set that night.
  • Pho­tos 9 and 10 are of our print­ed menu.
  • Pho­to 11 is of a beau­ti­ful rose at our table set­ting. They had every sin­gle detail tak­en care of and my eyes were drawn to each and every one.
  • Pho­to 12 is a pho­to of my dessert… Tiramisu.
  • After din­ner Car­o­line, Lau­ra, Vic­to­ria and I sat in the Music room and enjoyed anoth­er evening of music. You can see how beau­ti­ful and detailed this room was… it made my eyes so hap­py. Pho­tos 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18.
  • Pho­tos 19, 20 and 21 were tak­en while we were check­ing out of our room.

After we fin­ished chat­ting in the Music room we head­ed back to our room to pack. It was sad to know the retreat was over but we still had anoth­er fun jour­ney ahead of us. Lau­ra was kind enough to orga­nize a stop for those who want­ed to soak up Italy a few days longer so we had lunch in Verona and got to walk around a few hours then we head­ed in to Venice.

Tomor­row, I’ll share with you pho­tos from our stop in Verona and our first evening in Venice.

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