Sunday, July 7, 2013

Lago di Garda

A friend suggested that I get to Lake Garda before I leave. It seemed like a bit too far, but once I did some research, I knew I needed to go.

Of course, to get enough time in at the lake, I had to get up at 6 in the morning to catch a 7 o'clock train that had two connections. Well, it might be hard to see from this picture, but the first train was 30 minutes late, blowing both connections.

Thank you Italian train system.

I was supposed to get a train from Verona to Peschiera del Garda at 9:30, but since I missed it, I had to wait until 12:00 for the next train.

Only bonus--this awesome fruit cup from Verona's center.

Fresh coconut!

In the center of Verona I got to see the usual street performers.

BUT. I have never seen this one. I was so frightened and not entertained by this guy. These performers paint their faces like an animal, put it in a travel case, and hold little stuffed-animal legs. Then they make weird winy squeaky noises at the audience.


I finally made it to the lake around 12:30.

It was incredibly beautiful, as expected.

These are all pictures from my walk from Peschiera del Garda to Lazise (about 6 or 7 miles away).

They had a bunch of these boats for sale. I was very tempted even though I didn't even have a bathing suit.

About 3 1/2 hours later, I arrived in Lazise, which turned out to be one of the most adorable towns of all time.

They had a free art exhibit up.

I saw pictures of animals and immediately went inside.

I got gelato before I left--I needed some energy before the long walk back. Dark chocolate and Baci di Dama. Mmmmmmmmm.

On the road back I came across this restaurant. I've always been amused by Italians adding "eria" to the end of each word to make it a store name (piadineria, panineria, macelleria, salumeria, etc.). Well, this was my favorite yet: Hamburgheria. Brilliant.

I should open a Hot Dogheria when I get home...

The road back was beautiful, but very solitary.

Had I been in the United States, I may have been afraid of being attacked.

Just me and the wine vineyards.

Eh, I made it back, didn't I?


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