This past weekend I had the opportunity to spend time at the beautiful Lake Garda.
This was a much needed getaway after my shower flooded on Friday.
Lake Garda is located between Verona and Brescia and is the largest lake in Italy. It isn’t far only a 30 minute train ride from Verona. We stayed in Desenzano Del Garda and took a day trip to Sirmione, a city at the end of a peninsula with breathtaking views of the mountains that surround the lake.
We spent nearly the entire day on Saturday on Jamaica Beach in Sirmione. It was so nice and relaxing. However, the beaches here are very different from beaches back home. Jamaica Beach didn’t have sand, but large flat rocks that you can stand on (as long as you don’t slip and fall).
The beaches at Desenzano were made of tiny pebbles that found their way into every pocket of my bag and felt very similar to stepping on a LEGO. The plus side to Desenzano was the $2.50 sangria and the view of the mountains. My pictures do not do Lake Garda any justice, it’s one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.
On Sunday we walked around the city of Desenzano and toured a castle. The tallest tower offered insanely beautiful panoramas of the city, the lake, and the mountains. Later, our resident directors booked an incredible meal for us. Traditional Italian meals consist of many courses, an entrance or a starter, the second course (usually pasta), a third course (usually meat or fish), and a dessert. The starter of this meal was a salad and a meat plate with salami, prosciutto, cured ham, fried asparagus, Parmesan, and mozzarella. The next courses included asparagus ravioli with sun dried tomatoes, and lasagna bolognese. We ended the meal with panna cotta or “cooked cream” garnished with strawberries. Needless to say I felt like a whale laying on the beach afterwards.
This weekend I’ll be venturing off to Berlin! I can’t wait to see the city and try all the beer and pretzels!