Bionic Babe - Adventures in Europe- 2011 travel blog


We checked out of the hotel & drove to Lake Iseo. It was a relatively small lake and the place we stopped was uninteresting.

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The next stop was Lake Garda. We arrived at Sirmione and were given less than 2 hours to eat lunch and explore. I joined some of the others and ate at the place the tour guide recommended. I cost me 20 euros for a basic lunch of grilled chicken, fries and what they call vegetables and it was crap. The chicken was rubbery, the fries under cooked and the vegetables were re-cooked frozen veggies. And this was supposed to be one of the better restaurants in Sirmione.

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Only had enough time after lunch to explore a few shops & get a few trinkets. Even though it was most definitely a tourist trap – it was awesome!!! You had to enter past a 15th century castle to get onto the peninsula. The views were incredible and there were ruins from a 2000 year old Roman villa at the other end of the peninsula. I love this place!!!

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Had to leave way too soon. Next stop was the town of Garda, where I had my first gelato- it was incredible!!!! We were only given 50 minutes to explore the City center in Garda…Lots of great shops – much cheaper prices than on Lake Como. I had just started to get my shopping groove on and had to leave. I’m not so sure I’ll do a tour group trip again.

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We arrived at the new hotel in Maderno, the Antico Monestario. This one was a step down from the first hotel – no working phones, no internet access, a good distance from town & no lake view… at least the rooms were clean!!!



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