For about a week, I was The Italian Eye. Alain and I went on holiday, for to the Dordogne in the South West of France and then to Italy, in the North starting with Milan and then seeing each of the major lakes there and a couple of minor ones. The trip yeilded many surprises, one of which being that Lake Garda is the color of the brilliant turquoise. Yet my favorite lake must be Lake Maggiore, it is sublime, elusive and mysterious with it's heavy haze and incredible islands like the Isole Bella. I will post more photos at a time and comment more on the trip. It is all still sinking in, but I was greatly inspired.