(upbeat music) – Why isn't everyone talking about this? (upbeat music) We spent the last few days in Lake Como.
We'd been there a couple years ago and I just completely fell in love.
All of us had fallen in love.
Not Henry, he was three.
He was just like, “Cool, there's boats.
” But Johnny and I, we fell in love.
And I had thought, maybe Iblew this out of proportion.
Like, we hadn't traveled many places.
This was our firstoverseas trip as a family.
And so three years later, after near constant travels, we came back, and nope, I didn'tblow it out of proportion.
It is one of the mostbeautiful corners of the earth and I'm excited to tell you all about it.
(upbeat music) (child laughs) Day one we arrived in Milan, this time we rented a car.
You don't have to rent a car, but we wanted to be able to get around to the surrounding areas ofLake Como, so we wanted a car.
One thing to know about LakeComo is that it's massive.
It is so, so massive.
And along the coast of it, it has a bunch of different villages.
The cutest little villages.
We drove up the coast to Menaggio.
From there we took the ferry over to the town we'd be staying in, Varenna, and got settled into our Airbnb.
Then we walked down to one of the many little pebbled beaches andsat and enjoyed the views.
The kids threw pebbles intothe water and Johnny explored.
It was wonderful.
Now this town, Varenna, itis a special, special place.
It is everything that is goodabout Lake Como, Check it out.
(upbeat music) The next day we got up bright and early.
Knowing that this wasgonna be a super sunny day, we wanted to spend all of it outside.
So we grabbed a quick breakfastat a place called Nilus which has, I mean, Italy has fantastic, does it have fantastic breakfast? – [Johnny] Yeah, every breakfast is good.
– Tell them.
– [Johnny] You're in front of the camera.
– Tell them again.
– [Johnny] You're in front of the camera.
– It has fantastic breakfast.
It's a bunch of differentthings that you can try.
It is so good.
This was a spot that wewent to three years ago.
We loved it then and we love it now.
After that, Johnny hadspotted the most random church across the water, wayhigh up on the mountain, and he was like “We will go there.
” And I was like— It was pretty.
Hey, look up at that mountain over there.
See that little tiny churchall the way up there? That's where I wanna go today.
First, I was like, “I'm noteven sure you can get up there.
” Second of all, that looks really hard, and it's day one, I'm jet lagged, and third of all, we havetwo kids who are just tiny, little monsters that will never make it up without a million tantrums.
– [Johnny] I thought all threeof those things too, but– – We did it anyway, wehopped on the ferry, little bit about the ferry, the ferries are the best way to get around Lake Como.
They are affordable, they'rean activity unto themselves, it is just so fun, I love a good ferry.
I just, I do.
Once we got to Menaggiowe grabbed some gelato, because, duh, we're in Italy.
And then we started ourtrek up this mountain and I'm not gonna lie toyou, it was a hard trek.
A beautiful trek, but a hard one.
Check it out.
– [Johnny] This little map to make sure we're maybe going to the right place.
(gentle music) – It did turn out thatthere was not only a trail, but a beautiful trail.
This trail was so pretty, with a mid-point to stop at.
– Break time.
– Break time.
– And then once we got to this church.
– [Johnny] Whoa.
Henry, is this as cool aswe thought it was gonna be? I think it's cooler thanI thought it was gonna be.
– [Iz] How did you spotthis from the bottom? – [Johnny] And I said, “I want that.
” – (sighs) That church, right? (gentle music) Moment of silence for the church.
– No, shh, moment of silence.
– [Johnny] Okay.
(dog barking)- Rude.
So we get to this church andwe are the only ones there, except for these mountain goats.
(upbeat music) Yeah I didn't know whatthey were gonna do, so I was a little bit scared, but mostly they were just really nice and wanted to eat eitherthe food they thought we had or our children.
Which, we'll never know.
– [Johnny] Yes we will, theyweren't gonna eat our children, they literally eat grass.
– They were looking at them, like— They eat grass, they literally eat grass and branches.
– I don't know.
– I do know.
– The point is we didn't take the risk.
(dog barking) Don't be fooled, I'm a total dog person.
(Johnny laughs) So, from there we were at the church and we just spent a couplehours just absorbing in the beauty of this viewand the surroundings.
And it was so, so wonderful.
(upbeat music) Once we finished up with that, we retreated back down themountain, back into Menaggio, and we hopped on a ferryagain over to Bellagio.
Now, Bellagio is kind oflike the tourism center.
It's typically super crowded, it has a bunch of kind of whatI see as tacky jewelry stores and souvenir stores and it'sjust like, not super our thing.
But, since we were therejust off of peak season we were there very end of October.
It was not crowded, it was beautiful, and we just spent a few minutes there.
And then hopped in toone of the restaurants called La Lanterna I think? I don't know, thislocation tag will tell you.
'Cause I'm on top of itand I'll have that here.
– [Johnny] Who's gonna animate it? Who's gonna animate that location tag you just pointed at?- What are you trying to say? – I was just asking.
Do you really wanna start this right now?- Simple question, who's gonna animate the locationtag you just pointed at? – I don't know borders, whoanimates all your stuff? – [Johnny] I do.
– That should answer your question.
This restaurant was great, they make all of their pastafresh, it was delicious, we grabbed dessert, thetiramisu and this cake, the chocolate cake, remember the chocolate cake? The chocolate lava cake do you remember? – [Johnny] Oh yeah.
– Holy crap it was so freakin' good.
I meant to go back for it one more time but I didn't, so, let's justnot talk about it anymore.
The next morning we woke upand it was gloomy and rainy.
And I love rain, I love rain.
I was so excited to havejust a cozy, cozy day.
And we decided to drive up to what is called The Balcony of Italy.
This is at the top of a mountainand it was so wonderful.
Listen, if you can makethis part of your itinerary while you are here in Lake Como, do.
It was so exceptional.
The fall leaves werecompletely like, at peak.
And just covering, like, blanketing these roads.
The views off the cliffs as you're driving were just so exceptional.
There's all these little stonecottages as we were driving I just, I can't even handle it.
And then when we got tothe balcony, you guys, when we got to the balcony you guys.
Say it with me, “When we got to–” – [Johnny] It's not an actual balcony, it's literally just amountain, and there's no like, balcony, it's just a mountain.
So, when we got to the mountain– – When we got to the balcony— Mountain parking lot.
– Of course, there wasa freaking play ground.
Why are there so manyplaygrounds on mountaintops here? I'm not complaining, I'mhappy about it but like, why? But also, thanks.
So the boys played on the playground, we took in the views, theseviews, look at these views.
(upbeat music) – [Johnny] Henry, are youlooking into Switzerland? – Can you even believe those fall colors? I can't.
I don't think you can.
Let me show you them again, 'cause– – Work, work, work!- My son's telling me to work, work, work.
I am, I'm trying! He watched “James and the Giant Peach, ” and the ants make thekid work all the time and now he's the evil ants, all the time.
And I don't need someonetelling me to work more, if I'm being honest.
– [Both] Work, work, work, work, work! – So the colors, the colors were crazy.
Look at these colors again, just look.
(gentle music) Since we were so close toSwitzerland at that point, we drove down the otherside of the mountain and headed to this tinytown called Melide, and it is just outside of Lugano.
In fact I'm sure people who are from there probably say they're from Lugano, it's really, really small.
And there was this little amusement park that was like all ofSwitzerland in miniature.
It was so cute.
(mellow music) And they also have games for kids to play, and when the weather's nice, they have the little minitrain that kids can ride on.
And then just across theway is a great pizza shop.
And just across the wayfrom that is a playground.
So, basically, everyone was happy.
The Swiss miniature was especially fun, because we were seeingplaces we'd actually been to in our travels in the past, in miniature.
I love miniature.
We drove back and thenwe crashed for the night knowing that the nextday was going to be busy.
Day three it was bright and sunny, and the perfect day for boating.
We grabbed breakfast, of course coffee.
I love Italian breakfast, ham, cheese, bread, waffles, coffee, it's just a myriad of choices placed in front of you.
Just do what you will andyou will be full and happy for the rest of the meal.
– Of the day.
And by the way, waffles are from Belgium.
– I know they are butthis place that we went to that morning called, go ahead.
– [Johnny] You just don't wanna say it 'cause it's cheesy American.
– I don't wanna say it, yeah, go ahead.
– [Johnny] Tutti Frutti.
– Had waffles that were justlike the ones I had in Belgium.
Which was a treat to say the least.
I ordered two and I was not mad about it.
While I'm on this little rant, let's talk about food in Italy.
In Lake Como, specifically.
You can't really go wrong.
Sure there's gonna be somethings that aren't showstoppers, but most everything is gonna be delicious.
The pasta is fresh, so, I'm a big, big proponent of eating what that place does best.
So don't expect to havesome phenomenal burger while you're there, whatthey do well is pasta.
And I ate a lot, mostly bolognese.
I love tagliatelle bolognese, I love lasagna bolognese, really anything bolognese Iwill eat all day every day for the rest of time.
There was delicious ravioli, there was delicious pesto dishes, there was delicious reallyanything and everything Italian.
We loved the spot inBellagio that I went to that I mentioned earlier, and quite a few othersthat I'll list right here.
Listen, I have had so much pasta and pizza in the last few days, andit still is not enough.
Okay, so, back to day three.
We had eaten and we went to rent a boat.
Listen to me, if you havenot listened to anything in this video, that's rude, but also listen right now.
If you can, it's a bit ofa splurge, I'll be honest.
Rent a boat when you're in Lake Como.
It is the single mostmemorable thing we did on our trip there three years ago and I think it's probablythe same for this trip.
Rent a boat.
(upbeat music) ♪ Oh, I have so much, now I'm fessin' up ♪ ♪ That I'm a void, taught to avoid love ♪ ♪ All I want is ♪ – Watching the boys runaround these little villages that we got to by boat wassuch a special moment for me.
Once we finished our day boating around, we cruised back to Varennaat sunset, it was stunning.
This boat ride was everythingI love about travel.
It was new sights and soundsand water and adventuring and seeing the worldthrough my boys' eyes.
Be still my freaking mama heart.
It was so fantastic, do it.
That night we went to arestaurant we'd gone to the last time we were thereand we ordered a ton of food.
Pasta and pizza of course, and everyone was happy.
The food here is so, so good, and it's right in the town square so the boys could run around, we could enjoy our meal, it was really a night for the books.
Then we went to bed full andhappy just how I like it.
The next morning we wokeup, packed our bags, grabbed a quick breakfastand then we headed up to the Castello di Vezio? Castello di Vezio.
How'd I do, I don't know.
Anyway, we went up there, we had gone there last time and it was one of my favoriteparts, so we did it again, and I didn't remember howfreaking hard that hike is.
Don't be deterred, though, because it's really beautiful, but holy crap it's also really hard.
That being said, Henrydid it like a champ.
He made it the entire way up, Oliver completely refused toparticipate with his legs, so we carried him, because we're suckers.
My advice is you're going towant to bring water and snacks to get yourself and yourkids up this mountain to the castle.
And once you get therethere's a little cantina where you can order some basics but you're still gonna wantstuff as you're going up.
When you get there, you buy tickets.
I think it was likenine euros or something for all four of us.
And then you can just explore.
It's totally unmanned, which is my favorite kindof thing to do with kids, because I'm not worriedabout them being called out or doing something against the rules, we just explored and it was beautiful.
(upbeat music) Once we finished up our hike, we headed down the mountain and headed to where I am now, the very very north of Lake Como.
And you guys, it is amazing.
I'm so excited to tell you about it.
Not only did we stay in oneof the strangest, weirdest, most wonderful AirBnBswe'd ever stayed in, which I will tell youall about in part two, which will be coming to you next week, or the week after that, depending how busy I am in the future.
Future me, try to get itdone, the people want it.
Right, say it with meguys, “The people want it.
” – [Johnny] The people need it.
– They need it.
Ollie, say it, “The peoplewant it, ” can you say it? The people, aw.
Want it! (Ollie babbles) – He's probably not gonnahave a YouTube career if you know what I'm saying.
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Point is is that this was a great trip.
You should do it, if youdo, tag me on Instagram @iz.
harris, I love to see youguys repeating our adventures, it seriously is the greatestjoy, and now I'm all done! Right Ollie? – Yeah!- Yeah.
I hope you enjoyed this videothat was such a fun trip.
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