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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