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Sirmione – Garda Lake, Italy

It was almost a case of force majeure.  We had to find a destination.  The hallowed Italian seaside around Venice had failed us this time, with dark rain pouring down for days on end. We had a choice between staying and facing the deluge at Lido di Jesolo or quickly finding a destination within a practicable distance where we could still enjoy a mild sunburn.

(By the way, if you want to witness monster truck races in their natural environment, as well as Brownian overtaking maneuvers only seconds before impact, a busy Italian highway is the place to go.)

So we unfolded our (digital) maps, put our finger down on a place, buckled up the kids and off we went. Luckily, the place on the map was breezy Sirmione, on the southern shore of Garda Lake. Only a Shakespeare sonnet away from Verona, where Juliet’s polished boob shines in the midday sun like some kind of sacred grapefruit rubbed by too many.

Take a walk along the quay...
Take a walk along the quay…
... or enter the castle...
… or enter the castle…
... stop to think...
… stop to think…
... or take a boat ride...
… or take a boat ride…
... check out the dungeons...
… check out the dungeons…
... or shop for souvenirs...
… or shop for souvenirs…
... wrap your mind around the beauty...
… wrap your mind around the beauty…
... or let yourself be wrapped in it...
… or let yourself get wrapped in it…
... relish the mountains far away...
… relish the mountains far away…
... or be moved by the flute of a 55-year-old jobless man...
… or be moved by the flute of a 55-year-old jobless man…
... have a frugal bruschette picknick by the water front...
… have a frugal bruschette picnic by the water front…
... or whiz through the waves...
… or whiz through the waves…
... take in the scenery from the promontory...
… take in the scenery from the promontory…
... or get sun soaked like a stranded colony of seals...
… or get sun soaked like a stranded colony of seals…

 

Copyright photos: Andreea Sepi & Armand Csordas 2014.


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