05.01.2013 - 06.01.2013
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The last two days of school holidays and the wonderful Laura and Riccardo (who took me up the mountains to Selvino before Christmas) had another wonderful trip planned... this time two days away with both Elena and I.
We set off the morning of Saturday, Jan 5, firstly to the romantic city of Verona, lucky to have a local tour guide - Sara, a Veronese friend of Elena’s. In no time at all I fell in love with Verona’s pretty stone backstreets and romantic dawdling river. There’s no mucking around today: here’re the photos since they tell the whole story anyway.
We climbed up to a higher part of the city
with a park and lovely views over the river and the city.
And I found a friend....
(I'm missing you Tiger and Tommy!)
Also at the top of the hill, there were love messages scrawled on walls, on the ground, on lampposts, anywhere possible really.
Unfortunately, the worst part of Verona was Juliette’s courtyard.
Due to the tradition of writing letters to Juliette about one’s love life and sticking then to the walls with chewing gum, the entrance is just covered in it.
Also, it’s said that it’s good luck to touch Juliette’s right breast...
Nonetheless, Verona was wonderful, and we had a great lunch in a cafe` that served lots of great local specialties. I had a risotto with a type of salami that’s very specific to Verona.
In the evening, we left for Peschiera,
a little town on the Lago di Garda where Elena has a friend. So we again had a personal tour, this time of this wonderfully cute and tiny little lakeside town as the sun was setting...
After eating delicious pizzas
for dinner and staying the night in a bed and breakfast we began to drive around the entire lake. First stop was at Malcesine, where there is an old castle which you can visit, with some interesting museums inside.
Well, I haven’t got much more to say now. No, that’s not true. I’ve got so much more to say but not enough time! I leave Italy on Thursday evening and arrive back home in Australia Saturday. For me, the time has absolutely flown, and I haven’t put nearly enough of it on the blog.