Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Way Back from Venice

We're a little late posting on the other half of our Venice trip. On the way back, Saturday, we stopped at Verona and this nifty place called Sirmione, which is on the tip of a peninsula that juts out into a big lake (Lago Garda).

Although some might know Verona as the famous setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, we went because it had a monster Roman ampitheatre--second in Italy only to the Colosseum. We were also pleased to find that it had a cool castle with a drawbridge.

Here's Caroline, Sian, and me at the castle in Verona. You might notice that there are three timbers sticking out for the drawbridge, whereas usually there would be only two. The one on the far right is actually for a small, pedestrian drawbridge.

The ampitheatre at Verona. It still operates as a theatre--see the Egyptian set in the background?

Flower power!

On the way from Verona to Sirmione. Did we mention there was no radio in the car?

A candid lunch shot.

John and Dyfan preparing to storm Sirmione's castle.

Another view of Lago Garda.

Massive gelatos. Sirmione had a disproportionately large number of gelaterias, which we were happy to patronize.

A pretty boat.

I took this picture not because we know these boys, but because they reminded me of Neal, Tyler, and Ryan a long time ago.

Me, Sian, and the ducks.

And finally, our apartment! We're excited that the weather's nice enough that we can eat outside on our balcony.


  1. beautiful!

    courtney :)

  2. Looks like a wonderful side trip! The weather seems to have cooperated too. One of those flowers would fill my fantasy garden - can you bring one home??