So yes, a bit behind on my vacation blogging – – sorry too much going on, and not enough down-time to blog. But I’ll start with today and then backtrack.
First of all – – much love to our spouses for letting us share this Valentine’s Day to re-trace our family history. It was definitely a special day in Lago di Garda!
Day started out with an absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous clear day! You could even see across the lake in Garda – – which is apparently not normal in Garda. Even the Villa owner’s were traveling to go see across the Lago today because of the weather. (Very clear…)
So yes, we’ve been blessed. Exceptionally blessed – – yesterday was partly driving, and would never have been good for all the sight seeing we did today.
Left the Villa in Garda and up the coast. First stop, coffee. (As usual — caffe Americano for Daniel and caffe macchiato for me.) We kept on driving to our destination Malcesine – -where our Nonno (Grandfather) stayed for a bit during the end of WWII. We found the Chiesa (church) Santo Stefano right away; took a few photos, said some prayers, and continued walking around town. Gorgeous sights all over town for sure — but then we tried to recreate one of his shots of the church, but we learned that there was no way that we could create it. Grandpa must’ve been in one of the hotels in town, high up – – and took the shot out of a window. Something we couldn’t do… so we just did our best.
It was amazing walking all over this little town, knowing that nearly 70 yrs ago our Grandpa was here. Wondering what he did… how many games of poker he must’ve played with his 10th Mountain Div buddies here, and perhaps of some letters or postcards he may have written to Grandma here. This is definitely a beautiful, beautiful place! Bellissima!!
After an amazing lunch in town (Daniel says it was the best risotto he’s ever had in his life!) we took the tram up the mountain to Mt. Baldo – a ski/snowboard area. Again, gorgeous ride to the top. (Took about 20min….) If there was ever a time to ski, this would’ve been the time – -but we probably spent too much time in town; so not enough time; Plus we didn’t have any ski-pants w/ or anything.
The views up here were spectacular! You could see the jagged Dolomites, and the Lago di Garda below. Absolutely gorgeous… and I’m definitely sure we were the only Americanos in town today.
Took the tram back down, and got in our cute little Fiat Bravo and headed back south towards Garda. Truly one of the most beautiful drives I’ve ever on. (And so much fun to drive stick-shift again!) We stopped at another spot on the lago – – Casseo, I believe — for a photo opp with the rocks and the lake.
Next stop – a grocery store. Loaded up on some more salumi, formaggio (cheese), and vino – – and also some other snackies and bread, so we could make some sandwiches back at the Villa. Crazy – the Montepulciano Abrezzo (red wine) was only 3EUR!! 🙂 (and good!)