Friday, July 20, 2012

Dreaming of Italy .. Lago di Garda

All the months of planning that go into travel abroad...

and all too soon the trip is over. 
Thankfully, the memories remain vivid in my mind's eye. At times, a flashback will trigger the excitement of a beautiful vista, as when I first glimpsed the magnificent Dolomites towering above Riva del Garda. Or I'll be going about my usual activities, and suddenly the day comes alive with the sensory recollections of a rainy summer day exploring Lake Garda.
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection ... a revelation!
Art lovers swoon over the masterpieces housed in the stunning white palace on Venice's Grand Canal. I found it difficult to pull myself away from this fascinating museum, a setting that resonates with the imagined voices of the artists and literary figures who visited Peggy's famous gatherings.
Reviewing my photos, I'll find a simple vignette brings to mind a treasured experience. Like when I gazed upon a patch of colorful poppies while trekking through the Roman Ruins in the town of Sirmione: One of Lake Garda's most picturesque towns, located on a peninsula that juts into the southern end of the lake.

Just strolling the streets of Bardolino was a joy, taking in the sights and aromas of the lively, bustling community. Bardolino served to anchor our time on Lago di Garda, a perfect base to take ferries that criss-cross the lake, or comfortable bus rides, following the coastline from one fascinating village to another.



10 comments:

  1. I think you are a closet Italiana! Then again, you live in a part of the world that looks much like what I remember Tuscany looking or feeling like, except in the US. My father's side of the family is from E of there, some distance!

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    1. David,
      I'm the real thing! 100 % Italian American;D The Bay Area landscapes are, indeed, much like Tuscany.
      Ciao, Bello!!

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  2. I'm glad you enjoyed your travels to Italy. How sad that vacations can't be longer and that the real world has to pull us back. At least, memories and photographs are available to look back on.

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    1. Bom
      I look forward to hearing about your upcoming travels. Even vicarious travel is better than no travel at all!
      Thanks for stopping by...

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  3. Yes, it's allways over so soon. I'll travel to Rome this summer and from Rome I'll have a Mediterranean cruise. It's still ahead, but soon it's over...

    Satu from Finland

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    1. Satu,

      Thank you for recognizing 'Bay Area Tendrils' for the "One Lovely Blog" award.

      Wanted to let you know that I'm no longer participating in blogging memes or awards.

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  4. Satu

    Sounds like a wonderful trip you'll be having. I've never taken a cruise, except for lengthy ferry rides!

    It's always a delight to connect with my friends from Finland!

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  5. Thanks for visiting and joining my blog. When I've been to Rome and cruise, I'll put some photos to my blog. Have a nice Sunday!

    Satu

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  6. Jealous! I've only been to Italy once, but ah, that was a fantastic destination. I'm glad you had happy travels. Thanks for sharing the photos!

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    1. Hi PP
      Garden travel is certainly a passion of mine. It's enriched my life in countless ways, as travel in general tends to do.
      I'm slowly becoming familiar with various regions in Italy. Many more to explore!

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