Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Lake Garda - Day 1

Flew to Milan Malpensa with the TaeKwon Do team to watch my son compete in the World Cup. After a few hours on the long and winding road (lots of tunnels on the west lakeside) we arrived at Riva de Garda and headed out for our first meal. The town lies at the head of the beautiful Lake Garda and at the foot of an enormous mountain that has a castle and small monument that seem suspended in space at night.

Everywhere we walked there were Tae Kwon Do competitors practising their kicks and patterns. There are 1,500 of them in this small town from dozens of countries, in stark contrast to the older English and German tourists, who have come here for peace and quiet. It's an expensive place to eat, although the Bella Napoili makes champion pizzas and the Osteria La Contrada specialises in Veneto dishes such as horsemeat, rabbit and polenta (this we were to sample later).