Shearwin's in Europe 2019 travel blog

Day 15 - Wednesday 29 May 19 - Riva Del Garda

We were late rising to a dry, overcast day that needed a light weight jumper. Breakfast in the hotel was relaxed and the food choice possibly the best so far. My initial reservations of Hotel Luise which promotes it’s moto “ Travel is my real job” are starting to dissipate; it really offers good facilities although I still reserve my opinion on the rooms.

We completed breakfast and were away on our 3.6km walk into the nearby village of Torbole at 1000hrs. We initially followed the line of the road with a plan to walk the waterline on our return.

It was an enjoyable walk as we scouted the shops and the large array of accomodation on offer. Visitors to the two villages are every where but the area doesn’t feel cheap touristy. Significant were the large number of outlets offering wind surfing, sailing, biking and many other outdoor activities; unfortunately business today was slow for. water sports.

It was Kaye’s objective to seek out the “ lovely “ accomodation that daughter Nicole enjoyed last July which we found at the Hotel Lago di Garda. It was definitely a lovely hotel and will be further tested with dinner tonight. Afterwards, we took a short break to have a coffee overlooking the lake at the nearby Casa Beust. Our return walk was along the water line which was interesting and attractive amongst the mountains, water and the many active walkers and bike riders.

We were back at the hotel at 1200hrs with the plan to drive to Malcesine. This lakeside village lays 17km away in the north eastern corner of the lake.

The drive was along the waterline on a winding slow road. Street parking in Malcesine was near impossible however we found a central parking station close to centre. We walked the impressive narrow streets in drizzle as we worked our way towards the Castello Scaligeri. We toured this impressive historic structure which included an audio visual presentation of an attack by the Venetians on the Castello defended by the Milanese. The fascinating aspect of the battle was the effort of the Venetians to haul large boats over the mountains to Torbole to mount a naval assault which after the expense resulted in defeat.

A break in the Piazza Cavour for the wine and we were back in the car to return to our hotel by 1600hrs.

Dinner tonight had to be in the restaurant of the Hotel Lago. We drove and parked nearby with insufficient coins and anticipating a quickish dinner. Kaye had the tortolini and I had the lamb with wines. We shared a desert which was small and as nice as the mains. I had to find more cash for the meter during dinner.

Afterwards, we wandered the nearby area for a filling ice cream and to draw cash from an ATM - found, thanks to our ice cream girl.

We returned to the hotel for a night cap - another episode of “What/if” and what was to follow a bad nights sleep for us both.

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