By Mel & Karen Ray
Warm around 75, overcast, lake fog
Arrived Sirmione (Lake Garda) midday ... a paradise indeed !!! ... the lake is 'pear shaped' ... 30 miles N/S, 10 miles E/W, crystal clear water ... Sirmionne is on a tiny peninsula at the lake's south end ... Auroa Hotel is very contemporary, beautiful place.
Afternoon walk Hotel to Castello Scaligero ... about 20 min. ... Castle built early 1400's ... originally a Roman resort, now an upscale tourist location ... the sidewalk to the castle lined with roses and giant oak trees ... you must cross a tiny drawbridge to pass through the Castle to the area of sidewalk cafes, jewelry shops, whatnots (China exports) & gelato stands.
As we walked the beautiful street back to our hotel, we felt good and so very lucky to be here enjoying this day. We decided to have dinner at our hotel on the outdoor patio overlooking the Lake, and just take it easy for the evening.
Mel & Karen