Saturday, 21 August 2010

Second instalment

Here are some more details of what we did on my birthday :-) We got tickets for the boats that run between the lake-side towns, and stopped off in a few different places as well as enjoying the journeys! First stop was Garda, halfway up the eastern shore.

It's a squeeze of beautiful narrow streets packed with snack outlets and souvenir shops and people, contrasted with a lovely open sweep of promenade along the bay.

I loved the little shops selling produce :-)

After lunch we caught a boat across to the western shore and stopped off at Salo, an old Venetian town. It felt very much like a Mediterranean resort! More picturesque squares and narrow streets, but much quieter here. It has an interesting history; it was, briefly, the capital of a fiefdom - a kingdom created for Mussolini by Hitler when he (Mussolini) fled north from the Allied forces - and was hence nominally the capital of Italy itself during that time (1943-1945). For us, it was a good place to linger over an espresso, wander through the quiet streets, and grab a tiramisu ice cream!

Then we crossed back over the lake to visit Bardolino, which is famous for its wine (we had to pick up a few samples, of course!)

Er - this isn't actually our shopping trolley!! Just the shop's display!

There were plenty more beautiful sights round every corner here, too:

And when we returned to the hotel I found the bubbly and chocolates from the staff. A happy birthday indeed! :-)


Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Looks like a great way to spend a birthday, indeed! You really know how to do it up, Mel. :o)

Were The Children on this trip with you as well? Or just you and The Doctor?

scrappyjacky said...

Looks a fun doubt the wine helped.

Sian said...

What a great way to show us lots of your lovely photos _ I'm loving this arrangement a lot.

humel said...

Thanks, girls :-)

Deb, it was a family holiday - one day The Doctor and I will go back just the two of us, but this time we had The Children along too.

Rhona said...

What a pretty area and a great way to spend your birthday hopping from one place to the next. I love all the photos! xx

debs14 said...

All the ingredients you need for a happy birthday, surrounded by the family, sunshine, fun, ice cream and a bottle of bubbly! This is how birthday celebrations should always be!

Jennifer Rose said...

that looks like a gorgeous place :D

Amy said...

Nothing short of a magnificent way to spend your birthday!

I'm not sure about the shopping trolley in the wine bar though ..... we've all heard those excuses before ;-) LOL!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful way to spend your special day! Love seeing all the photos as this is an area of Italy I'm not familiar with.