Timothy Chow is the one man band behind Elite Travel Blog. A keen foodie and travel photographer, he plans on travelling the world when he wins the lottery. Until then he’s challenged himself to travel to a new city every birthday.
I had run out of things to do in Milan and Lake Como was a short 45 minute journey by train. Little did I know my spontaneous excursion would lead me to one of my favourite places in the world. I still remember that breathtaking moment of the lake suddenly appearing as I walked down the street without any real direction. That dazzling blue water complete with mountain backdrop meant I instantly pulled out my camera and began snapping away. It’s the third largest lake in Italy after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. I soon realised its great size whilst seemingly failing to cover much ground after two hours of walking around and taking a million pictures!
When I visited Loch Lomond in Scotland, it was just the lake and mountains; nothing really to get a photographer excited about. But here that wasn’t the case. There were boats of all shapes and sizes, wildlife, cute little cafes and some impressive architecture too. The town has been synonymous for where the wealthy retreat since the Roman times and this has continued with celebrities such as George Clooney, Richard Branson and Madonna coming here to put their feet up. And it’s easy to see why. It’s not just the gorgeous lake that puts a smile on your face. Life just seems to move at a slower pace. No one is in a rush. The sound of car horns don’t pollute the air; a familiar sound in most Italian cities. If the town had a slogan, it would be taken from the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off - ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it’. Luckily, the streets and lake are lined with cafes, bars and restaurants, inviting you to take a break which I accepted as it was a sweltering 30c! The gelato is out of this world! Well, it probably isn’t better than any other gelato in Italy, but I was enjoying myself so much I was getting caught up in the moment. The cobbled streets also boast many designer shops and boutiques which made me feel like I was in the fashionista city of Milan again!
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Amongst these shops (which I couldn’t afford to shop in anyway) I stumbled upon the magnificent Como Cathedral. I had visited the rather impressive Duomo Cathedral in Milan the day before and while its grand size knocks you into amazement, the Como Cathedral is more beautiful - in my eye at least anyway. It’s that striking aqua coloured dome shining in the sun which makes it stand out no matter where you are in the city. I was unfortunately running out of time before I had to catch my train, then my plane home but not before snapping this interesting looking building. It wasn’t till I got home that I found out it was The Volta Temple, a museum dedicated to the life and works of the inventor of the electrical battery Alessandro Volta. I’m really disappointed because it’s something I would have definitely been interested in visiting! I also didn’t have time for the funicular railway or Bellagio; both are supposed to give outstanding views of the city and lake. I don’t believe in returning to somewhere you hold fond memories of (even if it was just three hours) but I may have to make an exception for Lake Como as I have some unfinished business it seems.
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