So after all the fun we did arrive at the “last day”.
Je me réveille,
un lac à mes pieds,
l’âme en paix.
Quelle belle journée.
|From my room|
|from the balcony|
|at my feet|
Breakfast was enjoyed in the dining room overlooking the Lago d’Orta – with a view to the Madonna del Sasso chapel as well.
|flowers in front of the Hotel Panoramico|
|more flowers at the hotel|
|Hotel Panoramica in Madonna del Sasso|
The 17th century Madonna del Sasso (Our Lady of the Rock) sits on a promontory overlooking the Lake of Orta and in the peaceful morning sun seemed a world away from the world. The inside was so full of interesting bits that it was hard to know where to concentrate. At one point there was a group of some 10 motorcyclists taking pictures (is she known for protecting motorcycles?). What is the meaning of the arrow through the heart up on one wall? And how did the painter manage to make the main vault look domed although it wasn’t? Even outside the beauty and simplicity of the site worked its’ magic.
|Our Lady of the Rock sanctuary|
|Although it looks like a domed ceiling, it is only the paint that achieves that effect|
|detail on a column|
|Porch directly in front of the main door|
|Flowers in front of the porch and view of the lake|
|Middle of the lake - on the taxi boat|
|Pella in the wake of the boat|
|Ah the views from the boat|
|loved the protective copper on the dock pillars|
|In the gardens of San Giulio Orta|
|Gardens of the City Hall|
|Small allies leading to the gardens|
|Lots of lovely wrought-iron decorations|
|Many pictures to be captured|
|A restaurant right on the lake|
|Looking back towards one of the squares of San Giulio|
|Madonna del Sasso Sanctuary as seen from the village across the lake|
|Falls towards the Simplon Pass - return trip|
|Back into Switzerland|
|Napoleon's Eagle at the Simplon Pass|
Davvero triste partire Italia - si erano bellissime