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Beautiful Island

September 22, 2013

Northern Italy is blessed with an abundance of beautiful lakes, Lake Como being the most famous, but in my opinion others are equally beautiful, such as Lake Maggiore.


Recently, while cleaning our garage, Mrs. C. opened an old scrapbook and out fell a yellowed newspaper clipping of Isola Bella (Beautiful Island), a seventeenth century island palace in the middle of Lake Maggiore. Mrs. C. has always fancied herself a globe trekker and for years cut out pictures of places she’d like to visit when we could afford to travel.  She couldn’t remember cutting out the article and preserving it, not even when we happened to visit Isola Bella a few years before I started my blog.


Many famous people have fallen in love with this setting, including Napoleon and his bride Josephine who tried to buy the island. Here are a few pictures of this delightful spot, some taken by me and others borrowed from the Web.










Stresa is a picturesque town on the shore of Lake Maggiore. As visually arresting as this location is, something other than the pristine lake and Alpine scenery caught my eye. While taking a walk one morning I happened across this monument, erected on September 11, 2002. I can still recall the lump in my throat from people this far from America caring enough to create a memorial such as this. Sometimes it’s easy to feel alone in the world when in truth we’re not.






oh, wow. that monument is fabulous!
By: TexWisGirl on September 22, 2013
I would suspect (although I don't know for sure) that Lake Como is over-commercialized at this point in time. So, I'll take your recommendation. That monument is truly poignant especially when you consider that, for an all-too-short period of time, most of the world was with us.
By: Al Penwasser on September 22, 2013
Great observation...that is very touching. What a beautiful island, my first thought is how did they build all that? The logistics especially years ago must have been almost impossible.
By: Cranky on September 22, 2013
amazing place.
By: izidher on September 22, 2013
If newscasters would emphasize this type of thing more and the differences less, we just might make it into the future before blowing this planet to smithereens.
By: Tabor on September 22, 2013
I am always touched when I see monuments such as that. People showing care and respect for very lovely that is.
By: Cheryl P. on September 22, 2013
That would be beautiful but a real pain if you run out of milk or toilet paper or something. The nearest 7-11 is probably 20 miles away.
By: PT Dilloway on September 22, 2013
What a beautiful, touching memorial. It is fitting that beautiful people live in such a beautiful place.
By: Shelly on September 22, 2013
It brought a tear to my eye!!
By: fishducky on September 22, 2013
Lovely place and a beautiful memorial. Your post was a wonderful addition to this Sunday.
By: Tom Cochrun on September 22, 2013
That's beautiful. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on September 22, 2013
That's some island!
By: Val on September 22, 2013
The pics and the island are gorgeous! It's so well taken care of. I'm as surprised as you about the memorial for the US. It sure is well designed. :-)
By: Lexa Cain on September 22, 2013
what a lovely place to be and aren't the Italians wonderful people to have this monument placed ....what thoughtfulness.
By: Kathe W. on September 22, 2013
If i were Italian, i wouldn't want to advertise this place too heavily to tourists, either. It's so lovely, i'd want it kept almost a secret!
By: mimi on September 22, 2013
Certainly a beautiful spot! Though I have never been there, I know that it is a popular destination for vacationers from Germany.
By: Pixel Peeper on September 22, 2013
The memorial certainly would catch your eye as you wouldn't expect to find it. So it's a great support when you're in a foreign country.
By: red on September 22, 2013
I was in Italy only once, in 1969 while bumming thru Europe for the summer. You make me want to go back.
By: tom sightings on September 22, 2013
The monument is a nice gesture.
By: David Walston on September 22, 2013
It is heart warming to know that there are unseen people, strangers in fact, who care.
By: John on September 23, 2013
Nice post Stephen that demonstrates that people have many more similarities than differences, irrespective of which part of the planet they inhabit.
By: Bryan Jones on September 24, 2013
Great deeds take place all over the world and most are never headline news. For example: during 9/11 most flights were diverted to Canadian airports country wide. Many of the people on these flights were taken in by the local community. I don't think much was made of this fact by the media machine.
By: Daniel LaFrance on September 24, 2013

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