Looking back on those golden days
It’s been a dreary week weatherwise so I haven’t been out and about as much as usual. I’ve used the time well though and written a couple of Italian guides. The old albums came out and took me back down Memory Lane, and I thought that you might like to come too?
Malcesine from Monte Baldo
Lake Garda was a family favourite when James was small. Icecream, pasta and pizza- need I say more?
He was quite keen on the Power Rangers too! Remember them?
We stayed that first year in a small family run hotel in Bardolino. Our welcome was warm and the food memorable. A simple tomato sauce with the pasta was the best I have ever tasted. The tureen went round and around the dining room, till everyone was stuffed full. You just couldn’t refuse!
Our days were spent hopping on and off ferries to explore the lakeside towns. James especially loved the hydrofoils and his face would light up whenever he saw one.
Limone del Garda
Castello at Sirmione
From the battlements at Sirmione
And then there was Gardaland! Not on a par with Disney, but it was a good old family romp, with pirates, parrots and sealions. The day ended following the procession, led by the park mascot, Prezzemolo (Parsley), a friendly green dragon.
Sunset in Bardolino
We had so much fun in Bardolino and still had lots to see, so the following year we returned to the top end of the lake, staying at Torbole. This time we had a pool but the water was FREEZING! James ventured in with his blow up dinghy, but I much preferred the ferries.
Torbole sul Garda
Windsurfers on Garda
A much younger Michael, lakeside at Riva del Garda
The moat at Riva
Torbole is the windsurfing centre on Lake Garda and some days the wind was quite fierce. The surrounding scenery was spectacular however, and one day we went on a walking trip to Arco.
James was mostly just impressed with the icecream, and playing in fountains, of course. Another firm favourite was a tabletop game, a bit like pinball but played with a cue. We’d seen it before in Austria. Anyone else played it?
The following year we couldn’t possibly return to Garda again, so we went to Lake Como and lovely Bellagio instead. More ferries to ride. Still in love with Italy, Sorrento came next…. but perhaps I should save those memories for another day.
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