This morning dawned with another clear sky and beautiful sunshine, it was to be another hot day. Donald and I decided to take a walk up to a small chapel, a memorial to the men of the "Alpinisti", soldiers who had built and then used an elaborate trench system to protect the area of Menaggio from possible German attack in the first world war. The way up was half tarmac and half stony track and could be driven up so Carol decided to drive up with mamma and meet us at the top, bringing some wine and snacks. We set off climbing the steep road before reaching the shade of the trees through which the stony track made its way to the memorial. Reaching the top we were able to venture into some of the trench complex which has been preserved, the views down onto Menaggio and the upper part of Lake Como were spectacular. The soldiers must have had a relatively easy time during the summer months with the majority of the days being sunny and hot, but the winter months must have been an ordeal as it would have been very cold at the top of the mountain, snow not being uncommon in the depths of winter. Carol and mamma joined us and together we enjoyed a simple lunch with an amazing view. Donald and I walked a little further along the track to a cross that had been erected, it gave us the chance to take in the superb views down to the southern section of the lake and to Bellaggio situated on the end of a finger of land jutting out into the lake. Returning to the house we all agreed it had been a super day. We relaxed for the rest of the afternoon before Carol prepared a wonderful steak dinner, it had been another perfect day.
It seems I've been travelling for most of my life.
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