September 2 - Milan to Stresa
We arrived in Milan in late afternoon. Our goal today was to go to Lago Maggiore and spend two nights to rest and shake jet lag. We waited for the mini-bus at the airport to take us to Stresa. When it arrived, the driver was reluctant to take us because we didn't have a reservation. A friendly Italian woman talked him into giving us a ride. Since he had another passanger, this was not a hardship for him. After a pleasant drive, we were dropped off near our hotel - Hotel Moderno. Our room was large and clean. Its large window/balcony opened onto a pedestrian mall. This made it fairly quiet.