Moving to a new country, a new city or a new area comes with a lot of challenges. There are parts that are fun, a little less fun and things you just have to get through. Since our move to Desenzano Del Garda there wasn't one weekend we had the opportunity to just relax. We were unpacking, travelling for business, travelling for family events or working. Finally, last weekend, we could actually explore the place we had moved to! And what better way to get to know all the best Lake Garda has to offer than by boat?
Saturday morning, 8 a.m. the city is awake and is setting everything in place for the day to come. The terrace furniture is being wiped of the last night's rain-residu, the stores pull up their iron veils, and that cosy little cafe next to the barber shop is pulling warm croissants out of the oven. Mmmmm, gimme some! "Due cappuci, per favore!" And we took our breakfast outside where we could enjoy it while the early morning sun rays warmed us up after a chilly Friday night.
A sip, a bite and another five sips later it's time to get going! The ride is prepped and is waiting for us at the harbour.
You'd think ten hours is more than enough time to see everything you want starting but that is only if you Speed your way through the Lake. My advice is to take it slow and enjoy the ride.
TFI TIP - Ask upfront if the company you will hire the boat from can provide you with a coolbox. If yes, great! If no, make sure to take one with you to store fresh fruit, water and other snacks that might go bad from the heat.
We started in Desenzano Del Garda and went east towards Sirmione and Bardolino. The fresh morning breeze, the early bird's ballads and the sound of the wind kept us company while we sailed along the coast of the Lake. Nothing compares to the sweet solitude of being alone together, surrounded only by the gorgeous elements of this earth.
Of course, I had to take my favourite organic cotton crop tee by COSSAC with me! I mean, come on, what better way to cover up yet show a little something off, am I right? #EthicalFashionOnPoint
No need to tell you that I am of a very pale origin (It surprises me you can tell my legs from the white sunbed!). And if there's any good advice that I can give you, it is this:
Love and protect your beautiful pale skin! It's delicate, it's sensitive and absolutely gorgeous if taken care of properly!
For my body, I chose this cruelty-free, certified, natural SPF 15 lotion by Helan. It has the most lovely smell thanks to the mix of watermelon and raspberry oils, vitamin E (protects the skin from the degenerative processes of ageing) and walnut husk and Karanja oil (tan enhancers). Besides having a tasty scent, this lotion is very effective and extremely moisturising. I did one application right before the takeoff and had absolutely no trace of anything that comes even close to redness or a burn! AH-mazing!
"Oh! What is that there I see?"
As we approached our lunchtime destination I couldn't help but wonder just how picturesque the view from their terrace must be. And it looked like we weren't the only ones who decided to make a pitstop at the Punta San Vigilio. The bay was pretty crowded!
TFI TIP - If you decide to stop for lunch at a restaurant, make sure to take a nice dress or a coverup with you. Dining in a bikini is not always as comfy, and in some places may even be a little inappropriate. So be prepared!
It's way past twelve and thus more than appropriate to open a bottle of something stronger than apple juice! So ... Salut!
The restaurant of the Locanda San Vigilio is a hidden jewel, located outside the bigger villages of the Lake Garda. A place with character, charm and a very rich history. San Vigilio has been a sanctuary for the nobles and politicians since the 16th century. Today, still is a rustic getaway to flea the overwhelmingness of the big city life and the everyday obligations.
Needless to say that the service was impeccable, the food delicious, and all the other folks there .. relaxed and cool as a cucumber!
I was right, the views are dizzyingly dazzling!
Bye bye San Vigilio, we are off to Salò now! #AlwaysLookForward