Sunday, 17 July 2011

A Place Called Paradise

I am not going to lie - I am in paradise. The lake is the deepest azure, a jewel studded in the crown that are the Alps. It sits glistening, glittering in the beaming 30 degree sunshine, catching the light like glittering gold dust and glowing by sunset. I have never been in a place of such stunning beauty, such charismatic cultural history. With coral coloured roof-topped cafes and tiny family owned gelaterias, it's filled with character, culture and tradition. Its been a beautiful start to the holiday - as we first drove into Garda along the lake promenade, the area did seem extremely 'resorty'. Totally Europeanified - littered with British tourists (we even spotted a Lidl en route) and numerous camping colonies. But we couldn't have been more wrong.

Lake Garda is the largest of the Italian lakes at 55 kms long and it sits at the covergence of three of Italy’s regions - Lombardy, the richest, Trentino, the newest and Veneto, the biggest wine producer. It contains 5 islands within, 15 towns around it and stretches to 55 kms in length. It's been a wonderful start to our 7 days off, highlights being swimming in the lake, sipping cocktails at sunset and today, climbing La Rocca (we huffed an puffed to the top, feeling proud and smug - only to witness a man running to the top on our way down. The pride dissippated pretty rapidly.)

More on Wednesday :D Arrivederchi!


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