Ken and I were driving through the lovely village of Menaggio which sits along the western edge of Lake Como, looking for signs for “Refugio Menaggio”, a hike up in the mountains situated above. Not finding the sign, we forgot about it and then changed our plans to head up the mountain in search of the village called Breglia. Breglia is my mother’s maiden name and I wanted to explore the birth place of my people. After driving up pretty much as far as one can at this point, we came upon Breglia and there we found the sign for “Refugio Menaggio”. A win-win, as they say. I’m not sure the people we saw in Breglia were “mine” but it sure was fun to see. After having a look around we hiked up the Mennagio trail so high we reached the snow! A perfect day.
On day two we took our sore thigh’s up another beautiful trail just above Tremezzo to the church of San Martino. It was about 40 minutes straight up on a gorgeous path and worth all the beats of my pumping heart.
The rest of our time was spent driving along the lake through all the lovely villages like Bellaggio, Graniate, Cernobbio and of course Como among others. It’s fantastically beautiful especially after many of the summer tourists have gone home.