A couple of weeks ago our WG theme was the kick off of summer in the US. Right now us geeks in the Northern Hemisphere are anxiously awaiting summer’s arrival (hold on Southern Hemps, I’ll get to you in a moment). For a lot of parents, this means a couple of months wondering what to do with the kiddies who were in school all year. Now I realize not everyone is a parent but I’m almost 100% positive everyone was a kid once. So here’s my challenge, you have several choices:
1) Make a reading list of your favorite children’s (school aged) books to read over the summer.
2) Give us some fun activities to do during the summer.
3) Tell us about a favorite vacation spot. Maybe someone will want to go there too!
4) Tell us about a favorite summer memory you have of being a kid (the time you caught the big one, learning to swim, summer camp, etc).
I decided to go with No. 3., a favourite vacation spot.
In my Start of Summer post two weeks ago I already mentioned Lake Garda as an ideal holiday spot. I love Lake Garda or Lago di Garda. It is not too far from where we live, it only takes a few hours to get there. The landscape is fantastic, a large lake, mountains around, sun, one can go swimming, sightseeing, shopping, it’s perfect.
There are a lot of lovely little towns around Lake Garda. One of the main attractions is Sirmione at the Southern tip.
At one end of Sirmione there is a large ruin of a Roman villa with a great view over the lake, called the Grotte di Catullo.
On the Eastern shore there is one of the most beautiful beaches at Lake Garda, Baia delle Sirene at Punta San Vigilio. It requires a stiff entrance fee, but it is totally worth it. All the beaches at the lake are pebbl-y, they are not your sandy, comfy beaches.
Another beautiful spot is Torri del Benaco (the Roman name for Lago di Garda was Lacus Benacus) on the Eastern shore. The photo shows the harbour and the hotel where I actually stayed during my last visit.
On the Western shore there are also some wonderful spots to discover. For example Salò, the largest city on that shore. Not far from it in Gardone, André Heller, a well known European artist has turned a botanical garden created by Arthur Hruska (Giardino Botanico A. Hruska) into a tourist attraction. It contains numerous sculptures and artwork and is a great place for a daytrip.
A very nice idea also is a drive around the lake on the Gardesana Orientale and Occidentale, the road that goes all the way around the lake.
On top of all those beautiful spots a number of great places are in the vicinity – perfect for a daytrip. You can visit Venice, Milan, Verona easily. All those places have so much to see that usually your few weeks vacation are not nearly enough.
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