Why 41,692? Read on…

Today I’m back in Sirmione, but this time as an excursion from our base at Desenzano del Garda. I thought I’d drop in a quick blog post over lunch while my clients explore this lovely little town.

Tiny little church next to the castle at sirmione

On this visit I thought I would explore the parts of the peninsula that I don’t normally go to and so I took the scenic walk around the northern tip. It’s pretty beautiful walking along the path with some lovely views over the lake.

On the way I met these two who were impressively disinterested in the arrival of a Tour Manager. They weren’t gonna be moving for anybody

I took a boat tour around the peninsula (I’ve sent clients on it before and they always enjoy it, so I thought it was time to try it myself). We got some great views of the Roman ruins on the tip of the peninsula and of course the castle. The water nearby where I took the photo is full of bubbles generated by the thermal spa activity, so it’s quite warm water.

Lunch today was a tour manager treat for a small celebration, as if I needed an excuse! Many of my clients don’t much care for garlic, but I love it. Whenever I’m on an Italian tour and I have a bit of free time I try and sneak off to have my favourite Italian meal. Spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino. Spaghetti with olive oil, garlic and a few chilli flakes just to wake it up. It absolutely must be accompanied by a glass of house red (it’s the law) , and to follow an espresso and a smoke while you watch pretty Italian girls walk by. The real guilty pleasure of the dish is that when you’re finished, you get to mop up all the oil garlic and juices in the bottom of the bowl with a piece of bread.

Oh, and the celebration? It’s the title of this blog post of course. I just checked (I haven’t done for a while) and this blog has had 41,692 visits. I think that’s pretty good going for a small little travel blog so I’ll take this opportunity to say thank you to all of you, from around the world, who are stopping by and following me on my travels.

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