Ausonia Hungaria

After experiencing the crushing cloud of tourism overcrowding and humidity, I was so happy with my decision to stay on the beautiful island of Lido. Once the island was selected, I struggled to decide between budget hotels, the old grand dame of the beach, and the historic, but newly renovated Ausonia Hungaria. One glimpse of…

Villa La Mirabella

After a long conference in Basel, I trained down to Lake Como for a few glorious days at the eleven room, Villa La Mirabella. This family-run villa from the 1860’s is well situated just north of Tremezzo in Griante which is handy for all types of ferries and is in walking distance of plenty of…

Nyon to Yvoire

This post is a public service announcement that you can easily take a ferry from one little town to another. In Nyon, just outside of Geneva, you can hop of a ferry in the middle of the waterfront and head to one of many places. Today that place is Yvoire, a medieval village in France….

Venissa

Next to Burano, on the island of Mazzoboro is the most charming place on the planet, aka, Venissa. Part Michelin-starred resto, part osteria, part small hotel, and part vineyard, this place is absolute heaven. I started my visit with a walk through the gardens that are especially known for their artichokes. Nine retirees from neighboring…

Lido

For the Venice leg of my journey, I decided to last minute stay in Lido, the neighboring beach island next door. After spending a day in the crushing mass of tourists, crammed into humidity filled spaces, I was quite glad that I did. Just look at these streets. Wide sidewalks either filled to the brim…

Burano

I just spent the last few days exploring the areas of Venice that had been previously unknown to me- Lido, Murano, Burano, and Mazzorbo. My favorite of the list was Burano, so I just had to share a few highlights in photo form. After a sleep-inducing hourly hour-long ferry, you arrive in a sort of…