The road less travelled

Trip Start May 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 24, 2010

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Flag of Italy  , Lombardy,
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

We left the  intense heat of the south and moved north to Lake Garda, a
beautiful mountain lake surrounded by cute tourist villiages. As it turns out,
an old friend of Vanessa’s named Luisa happens to work in a tourist office
there, so we were able to stay in her flat. It was SO great to stay in a flat,
and with other people... we both really enjoyed the comraderie! Louisa has an
Austrian roomate, and a German roomate who also had a friend from Germany
staying for a visit, PLUS on our last day another of her German friends showed
up, so it turned out to be quite the international group! So fun!

We arrived in the evening and went out for
some amazing Italian food with Luisa. As it turns out, due to its northern
location, Lake Garda is (clearly) bombarded with German tourists. People
actualy assumed that Vanessa and I were German and started speaking to us
assuming we could understand. Lets just say that, due to our somewhat “pasty”
nature, nobody would ever assume we were Italians.

The next morning we went by car (what a
treat!!!) to Venice with Luisa. We decided to take the scenic (ie: long) route
around that lake, which was such a great way to start the day. Lake Garda is so
SO beautiful! The thing that Vanessa and I loved the most about it was that it
was “off the map” in terms of North American tourism destinations. Moral of the
story: don’t just go to the big name cities, get adventerous and try little
places too!


Kay, back to Venice. After getting lost
somewhat, and dodging through traffic, we arrived in the glass-blowers capital.
Venice looks like a post-card, or a movie set... it was oh so cute! I don’t
know how many pictures of little bridges, or gondoliers I have, but it is a
lot! The only real thing to do in Venice is wander up and down the cute little
streets and let yourself get lost in the quaintness, and that’s exactly what we
did. (not being in the mood for a museum day). Honestly, we only really stayed
in Venice for 4 hours, and for me that was just enough. After a while the
streets start to look alike and the shops repeat themselves (and are
exorbitantly overpriced). We started to look forward to returning to the lake,
so thats exactly what we did.

When we arrived back in Lake Garda (Torbole
was the exact town we were in), we met up with the guys, grabbed some pizza, a
bottle of wine, and headed down to the beach for a beautiful evening,
surrounded by mountains, and the sounds of the lake. Seriously, we love Lake

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Colleen on

Oh Man, I can't believe that YOU took those pictures in Venice - they totally look like postcards!! Craziness. And Lake Garda looks amazing... Wow. :)

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