Gardaland theme park
Gardaland is a typical theme park with thrill rides (such as roller coasters, splash rides, free-fall tower, twisting and spinning rides, etc.), themed adventure rides (like the pirate-themed I Corsari or the Egyptian-style Valle dei Re), a lovely Fantasy Kingdom for small children, and all kinds of shows. It's a fun place for a day, especially with kids. I really enjoyed the Blue Tornado roller coaster ride - I was screaming so loud that I ran out of breath by the end!
Facts and Useful Site
Lake Garda in the northern part of Italy is the largest of the Italian lakes - in fact its so large it encompasses 3 regions of Italy and not just Lombardy as categorised in VT database.
The eastern bank is in Veneto, the most northern part in Trentino Alto Adige and the western bank belongs to Lombardy province. Its shoreline covers 162 km, covering a surface area of 370 square km. Its maximum length is 51km, its maximum width 17km and maximum depth 346m This website provides a good interactive map of the Lake Garda - simply click on the resorts and a pop up box appears with snippet of info on that resort.
A pdf file provides full timetable too of lake services.
ducks and other birds
Like on most of Italian lakes, there are ducks, swans, seagulls strolling around the shores, resting on the beach and floating around. They are very friendly (the ducks here) and they come very close, probably they got used to being fed. Kids love playinf with them.
Painting The Lake Red!
One of the days we were at Lake Garda, Derek decided to have a few hours painting. He did a couple of lovely watercolours, which will be framed once they are unpacked.
With so many architecturally beautiful towns around, mountains, flowers, lake & boats etc there is plenty here to keep an artist busy!
There's some ridiculous theory that humans form 42 different opinions about someone in the first 30 seconds when they're meeting them for the first time.
Well, call me a sceptic, but I concede wholeheartedly that while first impressions do count, I find it hard to believe you can have that many.
Which brings me to my first impression of Desenzano. I like water. Living lakeside or seaside as I have most of my life I have found its calming influence invaluable. Thus it was that when I pulled up lakeside at Desenzano I was liking the place already. Wanted to get a picture of myself by the attractive marina.
Lo and behold, no need to set up the tripod, there was a fellow snapper anxious for me to take a picture of him and his partner and I would return the favour. Thus you see a picture of me waving to him as he runs away with my camera..........no, only joking!