One of our favorite places here in Northern Italy is a place we have fallen in love with called "Al Veluu". It's actually a restaurant we were introduced to three summers ago when Lance and I were here for our 20th wedding anniversary. The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni recommended it for dinner one night and we have loved it every since! It is across the lake from Bellagio in Tremezzo so you take the ferry over there and then a driver picks you up and takes you up the mountain to the restaurant. That is because it is in the MOST AMAZING location with the BEST view of the lake.
Well, one night last summer when we took our girls to Lake Como, we introduced them to Al Veluu and we found out they had 2 apartments for rent! I knew then that we would HAVE to stay there at some point. Well, we had one night that we needed a place to stay before our apartment in Bellagio would be ready so on a whim I checked if Al Veluu would have one night open. Since it used to be a week-to-week I didn't hold out much hope. But to my GREAT surprise, they had JUST that night available! (That's a GOD thing :) So we booked a room and are SO glad we did!
You can see their website here
So we arrived around 2pm last Friday and they were kind enough to open up their kitchen to make us some lunch and we had the whole place to ourselves! We were exhausted from the day before, which was the 2 Paris tours in ONE day (not a good idea), and the plane ride was short but a bit eventful so we were happy to relax in their outdoor patio and enjoy the day in this beautiful scenary! I have MANY photos of the girls and all of us in some AMAZING places in this little town. I'll share those some day soon...
This is right after our plane flight, with our exhausted/no make-up but happy to be there smiles!!
Then we sat on our balcony and did some drawing and journaling and just enjoying the gorgeous view. I don't know if I showed you my travel journal??
I made this with Teresa Collins Notations album and some fun "misc." goodies I had! I will share more on this when I get back.
Here's Victoria enjoying the view! This really is an amazing view and we've asked Lucca, the owner, if he realizes he lives in one of the most beautiful places on this planet... He said he does know and he told us that whenever he has to leave he can't WAIT to get back here. I can completely understand...
So we also did some exploring. You'll be seeing some amazing photo's from these explorations on upcoming CHA work when I get back!
Then it was time for dinner! A dinner we've been waiting for exactly a year. There are probably only a handful of MEMORABLE meals we have all had in our lives. Al Veluu is one of those for our whole family. We dream about it, talk about it, think about it and have counted down the days for it! We were all BEAMING with joy for this meal!!
Here's a photo Lance took with Instagram of one of the brothers making our steak! "Steak Flambe' with mustard sauce" is AMAZING!! (by the way, we have LOTS of photo's on Instagram if you're interested)
So here we are the next morning before we said goodbye. We plan on going back for dinner once or twice while we are in Bellagio, so it's not a sad goodbye... yet.
So amazing, if you ever get to Italy make sure you don't miss this hidden gem! Check out the website above just for fun!! And if you go, tell them the McCollough's sent you! :)
Off to walk around Bellagio before dinner...