Published: April 20th 2012April 20th 2012
Jess is writing things down on a map for Venice so it’s Nick writing this blog to you all. Here goes…
After a short and easy, 2 Hr train ride from Milan, we arrived in Sirmione. There are three main lakes in this district and we are right down the bottom of the most eastern lake, Lago di Garda. Its quite large, as you can see from the photos, but our hotel was only a short cab ride from the station thankfully.
We were advised that we had bought the weather from Milan with us and that the next few days were going to turn sour, so we headed out into town right away with the sun still out. It was super busy when we arrived into town but luckily for us, there was not too many people inside the 13th
century Castello Scalgero. Its was almost as if we had the Castle to ourselves and the 360 degree views from the top of tower were just spectacular. (Note to readers- If you can plan an Italy trip around culture week, as it is now, then do so as monuments such as Castello Scalgero
are free to visit, not the usual 8 or 9 euro/ person)
It was now time to conquer another sort of tower here in Sirmione, the ice cream and waffle cone. They are massive and as you can see in one of the photos, just about bigger then Jess’ whole head. We shared and didn’t finish it though so were not waddling around at the moment which is good. We had a wonderful dinner in Piazza Carducci which was followed with a fiery red sunset over the small harbour. A much better travel day than we have had in the past I would think…
The next morning, we spent two or three hours walking around the Grotte di Catullo. They are Roman ruins dating back to the 1st
century BC with the area becoming a popular resort for the rich families coming and going from Verona.
It really puts into perspective, the carpentry work I do now 2000 years later. It was then back into town for some more great pizza and pasta, with a brisk yet long walk home, in the pouring rain, as we weren’t staying in town.
Day three consisted of four hours of beauty treatment followed by another great meal at the same place as the day before. Clearly, from the photos, it was not me in the beauty chair and I am still quite ‘wild manish’, but Jess had some work done… Roots, trim (but not the layers), blow dry, wax is what I understand from the whole ordeal. And although it seems like I sat with her the whole time and told her how beautiful she looked along the way, I am not a ‘sensitive new age guy’ and this didn’t happen. I arrived with about half an hour left until the finish line. I was told to have a “happy life and look after jess” with a bloody stern handshake from the red headed hair dresser (from one of the photos) which I thought was fantastic advice. It was then off for ice cream sandwiches with my new woman and although being told on numerous occasions that afternoon, through badly broken English, to enjoy the “running in the bed” that evening due to Jess’ recently discovered beauty; we fell asleep quite early.
Today has been spent preparing for Venice, where
we will be for the next week and a bit so until one of us writes again… Ciao!
There are more photos below