I’ve been working with an Apple MacBook Pro since we first left for Europe in 2015. Except for a few minor incidents, it has been a reliable tool since I bought it. Primarily for processing photos. The screen is a bit small but it is very detailed and usable. With time my photography has changed, becoming much more dependant on the power of the computer. I don’t take single photographs. I take many photos that I composite into a single image. The resulting image is usually very large and they have been getting larger. So much so that the macbook, with its limited memory reserves, has been having more and more difficulty processing my work. Lately it just hangs and I have to restart it to try again. Many times, several times until I finally get a result.
Two weeks ago I had had enough and purchased a desktop computer with adequate memory to handle what I was throwing at it. It isn’t a fast machine but it does not bog down everytime. Since I bought the new machine, the Macbook has been protesting. It refuses to process any of the composite photos without my having to fight it. I am explaining this because I have not been able to process the pictures that I have been taking on this trip. It is frustrating. Fortunately, there is a trick I use with my cell phone that generates a facsimile of the wide-angle composites I take with the camera. The picture above is such a photo. It is a photo of the little port area of Omegna, the town that we are staying in for a few days.
In 1982, Alice and I took our first trip to Europe as a couple. We were invited to visit my biological father who had moved to Sorrento with his new wife. Taking advantage of that invitation, we spent a few days in Sorrento and then drove the rental car north to explore the rest of Italy. Like we are doing now, we did not have an itinerary, we did not make reservations months ahead, we just pointed the car in the direction we wanted to go and dealt with the intricacies of traveling as they came up. One of the places we decided to visit was Lake Como. Understand that this is travel before the internet and the cell phone. It was travel using Fodors and Michelin and pay phones. We would pick a destination, look in the books for likely hotels and start calling. Usually asking for reservations for the same day.
That is what we did with Como. We found a little hotel in one of the Villages on the west shore and booked it. When we arrived we found that is was one of the Villas right on the shore and we had a room on the top floor with a balcony overlooking the lake. Just up the road from George Clooney’s future house. That experience has always left a warm spot for the Italian Alpine lakes. There are several lakes with Como being the most famous and most expensive. The other lakes, such as Garda and Maggiore being much larger, are also beautiful. But Lago D’Orta, who ever heard of that one. That is the lake that the town of Omegna straddles on the northern end. I found it last night when I was looking for a place for the next leg of our trip. I was trying to break the driving into manageable pieces just to reduce the stress of driving as much as possible. While looking at the map (on the Macbook) I selected and rejected many locations. I did not want to go to places that I have been to. I want to explore while I can, given the opportunity of having a car, and time and being in Europe.
Lago maggiore caught my eye but then I saw this little lake just to the north west of it that I did not know was even there. A little bit of Google Earth work and here we are. But we are here after a five hour drive in heavy to moderate rain for most of the trip. So much for reducing stress. But we are here and we will be staying here for three nights. Saturday morning we will leave early to drive to our new home in Montespertoli.
Ringo has been very much increasing his land holdings. He has peed in some of the most prestigious places in France and now Italy.