Places to Go

Sirmione and Lago di Garda…

Back into the world of summer – Lago di Garda!

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(Photo by Miss G.   – the best one out of all the 500 or so that we took…)

The waves were giant and crashing against the shore.

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We finished our epic day of travelling with a walk to enjoy the view of the lake and of the castle in the old city just across from our hotel at the tip of the peninsula.

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We stopped for dinner at a restaurant that seemed quiet and unassuming from the front:

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(Il Cavallo – specialty of the house is horse meat, although we weren’t adventurous enough to try it.  Seriously!)  We were completely surprised to find a great party underway out back on the giant and gorgeous patio.  This is where all of the locals are – literally all generations and personalities were represented.  Amazing!  Pizza for dinner (quatro stagione, capricciosa)…

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…and then gelato of course – we are back in Italy!  (mandorlato, fragola, cioccolato – extra dark!)

It was nice to be down to only two languages, brief as it was. We stayed at the simple but serviceable Hotel Ganfo, where “Albergo” and “Bar” are separated by a partition only, and attended by the same Cameriere. A bit dicey for a while as our passports submitted for registration were lying on the bar next to the sliced lemons…  The kids were thrilled with their bunk beds though, and we were all in need of a good night’s rest!  It was calmer on the lake in the morning. Another travelers breakfast – chocolate croissants and cold cuts, yum! Our morning adventure:  after a tour of the local morning market we visited the historic town of Sirmione. We walked up the peninsula into the town – a huge wind and a stormy sky meant we had to put on layers – but we came over the moat through the town/castle gate into the land of holiday sun.

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Look!  A lion!

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Sirmione is a tiny gem, in spite of the hordes of gelato eating tourists. The castle is impressive, and the buildings are dripping with flowers and vines.

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Not quite in the Veneto, but the Venetian flag is flying…

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We wandered in and around the alleys, dodging the occasional car, and marveled at the loveliness of this tiny jewel of the lake… (rewarded of course with gelato: chocolate mint and mela…) then climbed back into our little car for the last leg of our circle journey…

Next stop: one last trip to the big city -Trieste- and then our emotional final days of the farm life that we love so very much…

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