Last Friday Guido and I were treated to a few hours sailing on the lake near Riva Del Garda. Being a fairly new experience for me, I quite enjoyed the whole dynamism between the need for protocol in the pursuit of relaxation. All in all it was an exhilarating day trip, and that night we slept like babies...
Often it's the simplest things that make me the happiest: a blue sky with wispy clouds, the concentric pattern of tree stump, the sound of rushing water. Could it be because these things inspire me to slow down, to pause in the moment, and to appreciate the subtle, yet endless beauty found beneath all the chaos?
This summer my mother and my aunt from England came to visit for two weeks. Us girls planned a road trip, or I should rather say a boat trip, south down Lake Garda to the picturesque peninsula town of Sirmione. We stayed in the nicest bed and breakfast situated literally alongside the castle and on the waters edge. The lake views from our bedroom window where spectacular; you could even hear the sound of waves lapping during the night.
Sirmione is quaint and relatively easy to explore thoroughly by foot. First in the central old town of Sirmione there is the 13th century Scaliger Castle whose medieval fortified interiors and 360 degree panoramic views are really worth a look. Then for a small fee you are free to roam over the extensive archaeological site of an ancient Roman villa called The Grottoes of Catullus located on the end tip of the peninsula. There are also many beautiful walks, and if you get tired of all the sightseeing there is a multitude of boutiques, trinket shops and gelaterias back in the old town for your perusing pleasure.
If you wish to visit be sure to book into the Hotel Meublé Grifone - I can vouch that along with the perfect location, stunning bedroom views, and the largest breakfast buffet ever, you'll find the friendly owner of the hotel a real sweetheart!
In a nutshell I must say that Sirmione in the summer is really charming...
Summer so far has been great, albeit for the pesky mosquitoes ;) I can't believe how quickly time has flown over these past few months; I suppose that's what happens when you're having fun!
We've been keeping ourselves busy outdoors - hiking, running, cycling - basically making the most of this divine weather. We've also enjoyed swimming in the lake, the long evenings on the balcony, and our vegetable patch that has been giving and giving.