Jerry had a four day weekend my first full weekend on the ground. We found a gorgeous Airbnb on the mountain above Torri del Benaco. It had a pool with a million dollar view and hosts who were just precious, Beatrice and Harold. We exchanged emails and we definitely plan to return to their home. We explored several smaller villages. It’s a good thing we had to walk everywhere because the food and wine were most excellent. I highly recommend this location to anyone who wants a short trip away from Vicenza. It was 1:20 to the house, but did include some scary, narrow hairpin curves. I’m officially in love with Lake Garda.
View from Barolino
Monkey see, monkey do
Finished this amazing book–1000 Days in Venice
Bloom where you are planted
These are my grapes–find your own
Arms of Christ cross
I want a potted lemon tree so badly
Will I ever tire of these beautiful alley views
Signs of home
No one sits inside until it is cooler in the evenings
My first latte macchiotto
Bachelorette party in progress
Sunset over Mt Napolean
Polly wants a pizza
The freshest hummus I’ve ever had
Memorial to the WWI soldiers who died from this village
All the little fishing boats had these brilliant colors
Cornetto, cappucchino and fresh OJ
Language lessons in the morning
Mother Mary is everywhere
Rosé for days
They have magnolia here which makes my heart happy
Italians have a serious green thumb gene
These tiny alley walkways are everywhere
Jerry did not let me go in the pottery shop
Random wall art
The sound of laughter as Italian boys played street soccer was musical
Foccacia pizza as an antipasti
Lovely town of Torri del Benaco
I want to stay here next time
He was in his element-history and birra
Marina view for apertivos
The colors were perfection
Some light weekend reading
Fresh apricots and cherries
View from our Airbnb
We visited Lake Garda and enjoyed outings on the east side of the lake in Torri del Benaco, Albisano, Castelleto, and Bardolino.
Magia di Barbarano on June 13, 2018 with Women Who Wine
#day5 was simply a perfect day. A storm the night before pushed out the humidity and while the sun was out, there was also a cool breeze which made it perfect for dining #alfresco.
I was able to meet new women, many from our unit, and even one who lives in the same village where we will hopefully be moving. I was also reminded that people are who make a place home. I’m blessed to have friends in place as I arrive and introductions to help pave the way. Able to see everyone today and put faces with names, meet new friends and hug old friends.
The winery tour experience was everything you imagine when you live stateside. The drive up into the hills was spectacular with views that require no squinting to know that you’re in the heart of the Veneto wine region.
This was a family owned vineyard that had 70-year-old olive trees and vineyards that stretched as far as my eye could see. Within two hours of harvesting they are cold pressing their own olive oil. They don’t distribute outside of the area and sell small batch wines on site. It was supposed to be a light lunch yet it was still a three-course example of Italian culinary yumminess. Giacomo was a lovely guide and Is passionate about his wine project. We plan to go back often!
I am obsessed with all the old doors, knockers and letter posts I’m seeing in Italy. There must be hundreds of thousands around here that are just beautiful. Here are my faves starting from #day4.