These last couple of weeks I’ve been buried, and I mean buried in photographing the new scarves I just bought in Como. I’m not the smartest kid on the block when it comes to photography, and I so want the scarves to look like they really are…so you can only imagine my angst trying to get it right!
The little place I usually stay at was booked. Ah Lake Como, the tourist season there is long! Rocky, (yup, his name really is Rocky) the bartender at the bar/cafe under my usual B&B found me a nice place at a friend of his. It was such a lovely place, I want to share some photos.
The original definition of a B&B here in Italy is a home that people live in which has up to 3 (no more) spare bedrooms to let out. People do what they they want of course and B&B can mean just about anything nowadays.
Following the original definition, this is a home with one spare bedroom that has a small adjacent room that I think used to be an open porch. It belongs to an interesting couple, he is a sailing race journalist, she is a textile designer. The house is full of the sorts of things that get my blood going: fabric samples, books on design, yarns and so on. All those…colors, textures. Textiles!
The house sits on the steep hills that flank Lake Como; one walks up the narrow and dangerous road from the little piazza, the you go up a steep cobblestone walkway which is lined with gates of peoples houses. It’s all very picturesque and green with one house almost built on top of the next.
Unfortunately Emilio’s wife was away during our stay, but I’m sure I’ll meet her sometime in the future. Emilio could not have been more accommodating, telling us entertaining stories about life in this little town and getting up early to serve us breakfast, even though I insisted we’d get our coffee at the bar. Italian bars are more like a coffee bar than an alcohol bar.
My day on these scarf buying trips start early. In the north of Italy people have a very different rhythm than here in central Italy where I live.
The work day in the manufacturing pants starts at 7:30-8 and finishes around 18-18:30 with only about an hour or hour and a half lunch break. Gosh, the restaurants are full at 19-19:30 whereas in central Italy one can expect a restaurant to open around 19:30 and be full at 21:30, and in the south even later!