October 15, 2010

Bella Italia - Lago di Garda

The most enchanting view
We've visited Italy several times as its our neighboring country (it takes us 10 minutes to reach the border) and this time around we chose Lago di Garda, Italy's largest lake situated at the foot of the Italian Dolomites.  Believe it or not, every little part of Italy has it's own charm. Lake Garda is sown with many beautiful towns and villages - superficially they all look the same, but each of them has its own personality. They offer one discovery after another: narrow streets, cobble stone pavements, stone houses, arches and double arches, steep stone stairways, colorful facades-doors-windows, picturesque harbors, castles and fortresses ... It's a place with magnificent natural scenery, rich vegetation (lemon trees, oleanders, bougainvilleas, olive trees, vineyeards), Mediterranean climate. The panoramic road around the lake, called "La Gardesana" is exciting: it takes you through half open galleries, tunnels (around 80 ) built in rock, vertiginous curves. The last James Bond movie's first sequence was filmed here! Here are some of my fave pics.... 

Sirmione

Limone del Garda
fruit and vegetables stand
Limoone del Garda - the small harbor 


"Limonaie" - where lemons are grown
the beach
La Gardesana - galleries
La Gardesana - tunnels

La Gardesana and its curves

A typical harbor

Sirmione by day

Torri del Benaco - the remains of the Scaligeri fortress

...good food...

13 comments:

Elda said...

heaven!!!

Martinas Welt said...

Great photos! We want to visit Lake Garda for years but never managed it....
Martina

Kritter Keeper said...

sandra, thank you so much for joining my blog! i absolutely love yours!! i can't wait till i can take time and read about the elephants etc. i too love to find fellow animal lovers and feel very passionate about them as well. currently i am dreading hunting season as local men think they have a right to go on my land, shoot guns and kill 'my' deer despite my large signs...your work with the elephants sounds so intriguing! such gentle giants with so much intelligence! i hate animal abuse and it sickens me to see the results. kudos to your generous soul and your hard work! all of my animals are strays except my two horses. even the toads and the beetles and spiders seem to know i won't hurt them...the flies are another thing...have a great day!

Sharon said...

Those are some awesome, AWESOME pictures! Thank you for the tour!

Tina said...

Ok now I am officially homesick...or shall I say 'used to vacation there sick", what great pictures...thanks for sharing....made me feel so on vacation...what a great spot, isn't it?

Canyon Girl said...

Oh Sandra, you make me miss Europe. I love the little harbors, the markets and the all the ancient stuff. Thanks for taking us on such a nice trip.--Inger

Louise said...

Oh my goodness! What a beautiful place. That door, don't you wonder where it leads? And the harbor, so beautiful. The food looks so good that now I have to go get something to eat.

Eva said...

What a pretty views. Never realized Lake Garda is so beautiful. The harbour is cute ... so romantic. And the old door ... I just love that one.

morningbrayfarm.com said...

Beautiful pictures, Sandra... thank you so much for sharing the beauty! You're so lucky to have Italy so close... :D

Melody said...

What a beautiful place; I LOVE that door! That pizza looks yummy, but the road looks a bit scary....*sigh*
Thanks for the little cyber trip to Italy! :)))

polly's path said...

totally my kind of place. From the views to the food to the fruit stands...did I mention the food? Oh, I am so envious-you live 10 minutes from heaven.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

loved all the photos..but the pizza stopped me cold. wow....did that ever look good!!!!

thanks for stopping by farmhouse and leaving the kind words about teddy... i loved that you said "we all knew he would bring you happpiness"
and he has !!!!

sending love,
kary and teddy
xxx

sophie...^5 said...

Where have I been! I love your photos and feel like I've missed so much.Some reading to do now. Cheers!

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