Oof. There it is. The sound of us bumping up against the wall.
Palms to foreheads, weary at the edge of “too much of a good thing.”
We called retreat.
A dear friend who lives in Greece let us know she’d be in Sirmione, Italy and invited us to join her for a little rest before we carried on toward Croatia. We packed our bags and headed for the shores of Lake Garda, a short journey west from Venice and Verona.
Picturesque, confident 13th century castle walls greeted us at the historic center, and serenely pale turquoise waters surrounded the peninsula town with calm. Our windows opened onto a gorgeous view of the shoreline and summer roses blooming below.
We bee-lined for the walking path and spent an hour unwinding along the water and through the olive groves at Parco Pubblico Tomelleri, free from plans and transportation schedules for a precious span of hours.
Sirmione bustles with all the familiar pastimes and hideaways of classic Italian resort towns: restaurants and gelaterias, lovely hotels and affordable guest rooms, quaint streets, and touristy storefronts. I’d love to say that we soaked in the thermal baths and signed up for kayaking sessions and fell in line with fellow visitors reveling in their holiday activities.
But we didn’t.
Instead, we spent the time in the best way: chatting in peace, watching the sunset, and visiting with our sweet friend, Anna.
Bruised a bit, we found a place of rest at just the point when hustle and bustle and foreign beds and endless days without comforts of home and family became a bit too crazy.
There, on the shores of Lake Garda, in the breathing space of open waters and kind hearts, we were cheered by a familiar spirit and the timeless salve of friendship.
Thank you, Anna, for memories of Greece and Italy, for the laughs and photos and factoids in 2003 and 2006. And thank you most sincerely for the much-needed mini-retreat in 2012.
All our love, -B&T
Sirmione Travel Resources: History, Location, Driving Directions, and Visitor Tidbits
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