On Wednesday, I actually slept 6 hours (until 7:30), showered, and met Fiona and Steve for breakfast at 8:00. Brad joined us shortly. it was a grey, rainy morning, but still beautiful on the lake. After breakfast, I called Schiphol airport's lost and found, and got to speak to a live person. She asked me what my laptop looked like. It looks like every other silver Mac G4 Powerbook in the world, with an Apple logo on top. Who puts their name on their computer or knows the serial number? We put tags on the BAG! DUH!
Now I know what to do with those extra Slow Travel stickers I got at a GTG!
The woman put me on hold. I began to sweat. Brad was watching my face, and guzzling coffee. When she came back on the line she said, "Do you have a file that says, "Pauline - Savannah", and one that is called, "Jerry and Paul"?
My heart was pounding as I shrieked, "THOSE ARE MY FRIENDS!". I almost cried with relief. Brad was beside himself, jumping and hugging me. We were told to fill out an online form, and it would be shipped (we decided Diana's was the safest, as it could take a week) by DHL for 90 Euro plus 15 for filing the claim. At least we knew it was safe, and soon to be reunited with us! I love a happy ending.
We left Varenna in some light rain, and drove to Como. The rain stopped, and we walked around the central area with numerous shopping streets. We stopped for lunch at Ristorante Rino. A downpour began as we were ordering lunch.
Fiona and I both had the pappardelle with hare sauce, and Brad and Steve had the house special ravioli.
After lunch, we shopped a little and I bought a shawl in Como. The rain had stopped again.
Back to the car, and we drove a short way up the lake to the town of Cernobbio. We briefly visited the Five Star Hotel property, Villa d'Este. (On the website, click on "Private Villas" to see how some may travel.)
And of course, their famous "floating swimming pool"!
We walked around the town of Cernobbio, where I bought some earrings. The rain began again, and we were tired, so we headed back to Varenna.