Monday, April 30, 2018

Fine Non-Italian Dining at a Hop Hop Event in Laveno

Monday, 30 April, 2018

Today was just perfect for . . . 

 . . . a Culinary Based Road Trip!

Thus, Laurie and I boarded the train at the Venegono Inferiore station for the one hour ride heading north to the Lake Maggiore village of Laveno-Mombello.

At this quaint lakeside town they were holding a four day Street Food Festival.

Tuesday marks the May Day holiday. For every laborer in the western world, other than those in the USA, this is their Labor Day. Many people don't work today either, in order to make for a nice four day weekend.

We're retired so every day is a potential holiday.

At any rate, we (I at least) was ready for some serious noshing.

Laurie looked comfortable by
the Lake Maggiore shoreline

Of course, an Arts and Crafts Fair
accompanying the street food helped

 Lake Maggiore was peaceful today

 Thankfully, so was the
Arts and Crafts Fair

We found it!

We headed straight to the blue tent
for an incredible Argentine-style meat
pannini and a couple of tasty empanadas

The Argentine beer was a good choice too.

As we've reached our Golden Years, we've learned to share our food orders to save both money and calories.


As I alluded above, TASTY!

Beer from New Orleans
at another tent

 Paella pan for a assembled multitude

 Minutia Beer from Sicily

Sicilian delicacies

"Leave the gun, take the cannoli"
Even though there were plenty of
great aromas, colors and textures to
pick from, we were somewhat sensible

Who would have guessed.

More of the Lake Maggiore shoreline
at Laveno-Mombello

 Part of the small harbor

Farmer's Market by the harbor

The salamis looked good but we were strong.

The dried fruit looked good . . .

. . . and Laurie was NOT strong

Real licorice sticks

Nothing quite like chewing a twig while you stroll I'm told.

Not today.

 Our view from a bench during
our reading break

 I just liked this old wall

The view from Laveno-Mombello's
new church towards their old church
and Lake Maggiore

 The hill behind the new church

New Church Main Altar

Side Altar in the New Church
dedicated I believe to the
Blessed Virgin of Calcio

For my uninformed American friends, calcio is the Italian word for the game we call soccer. 

St. Jacob
Still trying to find a statue
of St. Kevin in Europe
Of course Mary is never an issue

St. Kevin of Glendalough is an Irish saint and we have never been to the Emerald Isle.

The Old Church's Bell Tower

WWI & WWII Memorial

St. Francis of Assisi

We still needed one more thing before boarding the train for the trip home, but what . . .


A medium cone of
Sicilian Cannoli and
Carbone Vegetale Gelato

Laurie opted for the small cup of cherry gelato.

For both of us, it was a perfect ending to a great afternoon on the shores of Lake Maggiore!

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