Meeting New Friends & Seeing New Places

We had decided to start packing the car at around 8. We were planning on visiting Hell’s Gate which was not very far down the road. We thought it would open by 9.

As I was loading some stuff in the car a woman in the apartment next to our room asked me ………..

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Montana, Wyoming and Colorado Day 5 of Our Road Trip

We got an early start today. We headed out at 7am. We said good bye to Montana at 10:04 as we crossed the border of Wyoming.

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Great Hotel Bristol

We had our final lunch together at the Great Hotel Bristol.  It was just an amazing place.
The Grand Hotel Bristol enjoys a magnificent location on the lakeshore of Stresa, a true pearl of Lake Maggiore, famous all over the world for the extraordinary way the beautiful landscape merges with the sumptuous dwellings scattered throughout it. Hotel guests can enjoy a privileged view of Isola Bella and the Borromeo Gulf. The prestigious building that is now the Grand Hotel in Stresa was originally a noble residence, and careful renovation work has allowed it to retain its elegance while enhancing it with modern conveniences. The Zacchera family’s traditional dedication to hospitality at the highest level completes the features that make the Grand Hotel Bristol an ideal place for relaxing and discovering the beauty of Lake Maggiore.

We had the most amazing meal.

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The meal was served by finely dressed waiters and waitresses.  Of course, this was the best meal we had the whole trip.  We were all very impressed. There was wine and water on the table.

 

 

After the meal was served and eaten we were served champagne.  Grant toasted and thanked everyone.  Sean and Roland stood up and said something. We then drank our champagne.  Our table noticed that there was open bottles of champagne that the waiters were seeming to take away.  We all told them we will drink that so you don’t have to through it away.  So we made the sacrifice and drank some of the open bottles for them.

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We then all thanked our guides Liz and Luigi.  Classical Movements furnished our dessert.  This cake was carried out by two waiters and about 4 feet in diameter. It was really fabulous.

 

After enjoying our dessert we walked back to our bus to head back to Milan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Room in the Inn

To start out I will say I have finally got an internet that I can use.  I have to sit in the lobby but maybe I can catch up a little bit before we are off on the bus again.

After the chorus sang mass at St Peter’s we headed to Montecatini.  We stopped at an autogrill to go to the toilette and grab something to eat.  We were approached and asked if we would mind going to another hotel for the night because the one we were supposed to stay in was overbooked.  We said sure.  Sounded like an adventure to us.

We arrived at the Grand Hotel Nizza where we got off the coach and then grabbed our luggage.  Then we were shuffled into a taxi go about 1/2 mile to the Astoria Hotel. When we stepped out of the taxi the spell of the flowers was like a light perfume.  That night we were so tired being that it was midnight that we did not look around much. We took the tiniest elevator I had ever seen up to our room.  Our room was small but very comfortable with a small balcony.  We opened the windows that over looked the quaint little street and off to sleep we went.

The next morning we got up went down stairs to have breakfast.  We ate in the garden taking in the old and friendly charm of the hotel.  As we ate we took in the wonderful smell of the flowers and saw the lemons on the small lemon trees in pots. After breakfast we walked around the hotel taking in the old charm of it.  We then met the owner who told us that he was the fourth generation and his son was going to take over for him soon.  His wife made beautiful flower arrangements all over the hotel.  I would highly recommend this hotel.

 

 

I haven’t seen one of these phones in a very long time.

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Yes, the green shorts are still with us.

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