Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hello and Merry Christmas!!

I hope everyone enjoyed the Holidays and are looking forward to 2012!!  I know I'm excited for 2012 to come and great us and especially for September of 2012 in Bellagio, Italy!!

I'm sorry I haven't been on here in a while due to the Holidays and some things happening in our family.  We have sadly lost our loving dog Scarlet and our Grandpa Ernie this Christmas Season.  We also have had to put my dad in a nursing home today and it is going to be a very hard transition for our family.  All these things happening within a few weeks of each other have made it hard to think of anything else right now.

And thus,  I completely forgot about the GIVEAWAY on here and I apologize for that!

So, the WINNER of the RAK is:  KIM!!
Send me your address and I will mail out your kit!!
I would LOVE to visit Italy! I would be content to wander those wonderful streets and villages!

I also haven't had a chance to put up on here a tentative ITINERARY for the trip!  I wanted to show everyone what the days will look like and how much time you have for everything!

So, here I will try to run through the days a bit and share the schedule/itinerary as best I have it so far!  Please keep in mind that things may change and days may be switched, but this is a pretty good idea of how the days will look while enjoying Lake Como, Italy!!


This will be "check-in" day, with all transfers from Milan airports or train stations hopefully by 5pm.

5:30pm - Check-in 
6:30pm - Reception on the Pergola, overlooking Lake Como with appetizers and music
7:30pm - "Tentative" First Class -  This will NOT be a long class.  We will be making something to use the whole week, so I'd like to get this class in right away for a wonderful keepsake for the whole week!
9:00pm - Every night there is music in the beautiful Music Room with a wonderful group that we have come to love.  This is optional each night, but a wonderful time to relax and enjoy each other's company!


A DAY TO RELAX... Can you believe YOU ARE in ITALY?!!

This will be a day to enjoy together or on your own.  It will be a day to sit by the pool, swim in the lake, walk the town, site see, take a boat cruise to a village across the lake, or just adjust to the time change.  I didn't want to have any classes on this day and just have this day be about being in ITALY!!  So whatever you want this day to be, it's about YOU!

5:00pm - I will be the  "Tour Guide" of  Bellagio!  We will walk the town a bit, explore the shops, show you where the markets are, the laundry is, the best gelato shops, the cute shop owners :), etc...  Just a FUN time exploring! This is completely optional, but will be filled with useful information.
7:30pm - Dinner Together
9:00pm - Music Room  OR an optional "Make-n-Take" OR Free Time


9:00am - Sign In for Classes
9:30am - Class
Noon -    Lunch together
1:30pm - Class
3:00pm - FREE TIME!  The town closes down from 2 - 4pm every day.  So I wanted to plan the classes around this time frame so when the town opens back up, you are FREE to explore and enjoy! So the afternoon classes will always be over BEFORE the town opens back up so you can enjoy your free time when the shops are back open.
7:30pm - Dinner Together
9:00pm - Music Room OR "Crop Time" OR  Free Time



No Classes today, just a FUN day to explore or sit by the pool and soak up the beautiful Italian sun!

Not sure what time we will start the excursions, it will depend on the choices.
I am going to set up several different excursions on the "excursions days" so you will have CHOICES!

You can choose from options like:
- Going to Switzerland, just across the lake
- Touring a GORGEOUS Villa like Villa Balbianello, where they filmed a Bond movie & Star Wars
- Taking a private boat ride around the lake...maybe see George Clooney's house? :)
- Going to a town close by; either Como, Bergamo or other
- A shopping trip to some Italian designer stores or antique stores
- Finding some unique gifts at a Market on the lake
- or many other options we can dream up!

7:30pm - ??  Dinner will be on your own tonight.  I have LOTS of suggestions!
9:00pm - Music Room OR "Crop Time" or Free Time


Basically same as Monday.

(Classes in the morning, lunch together and Free Time in the afternoon.)

7:30pm - Dinner Together
9:00pm - Music Room OR "Crop Time" or Free Time


Basically same as Tuesday,  No Classes.


Maybe a few different excursions to pick from like:
- A cooking class with Moreno at Restaurante il Camineto (a memorable day for sure!)
- A fun trip up a FUNICULAR to the top of a mountain with views of Lake Como!
- A hike around the hills behind Bellagio
- A Tour of the Rockefeller Center 
- A Private tour of the beautiful churches or museums in the area

7:30pm - ?? Dinner will be on your own or with the group.
9:00pm - Music Room OR "Crop Time" OR Free Time


9:30am - Last Class
Noon - FREE TIME for the rest of the day!  
Last day to explore Lake Como area
7:30pm - Dinner and Finale - Exciting Giveaways and Goodbyes
9:00pm - Last night in the Music Room or Free Time


Morning hugs and goodbyes.  Last minute photos of Lake Como and our new found friends!
Private cars/vans transferring everyone back to Milan airports or train stations.


So there you have it!  You have an idea of the week at a glance and you can see how much free time you will have.  I didn't want anyone to think that you're in classes all the time.  As you can see, you have a GREAT balance between CREATIVE time and ITALY time!!

Hope you enjoy!



P.S.  I have some other NEWS to share soon!

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