Burton Dane Travels

We're traveling through Europe and parts nearby for a year. We'll be posting our pix and adventures here.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Lago Di Garda

What does this picture look like to you?

How manifest that a _____-shaped lake (complete with _______) is the site of such testosterone-ridden sport as windsurfing, kiting, sailing, diving and paraflying. SEE PICTURE IF YOU DONT BELIEVE ME.

This um, lake, is surrounded by a remarkable mountain watershed that looks like something from an adventure movie and around its edges lie be-suited (and un-suited) bathing beauties.

There is an island near the narrowest part that claims to be land-mined although it is almost a swimmable distance from the shore here. We kayaked there to explore--but did not--and learned that well into the 20th century, the area was still held by the Austrian Empire. Interestingly, Mussolini centered his fascist social republic on the Western shore of Lago di Garda in 1943.

Mark: What I like about the lake’s shape is it allows winds to build in the morning, die in time for lunch and a nap, then build again in the afternoon.

I joined up with the kiters at Xkite to get a bunch of time on the water.

Although it quickly became second nature, I marveled at their methods. They take up to 40 kiters on a pontoon boat and launch them one at a time in the middle of the lake. The calls of “primo” (first) are worth the ride itself.

They have a few smaller boats to launch less than 10 kiters or skitter around relaunching and instructing. It makes for a great way to kite cause there are few hard things around, like land.

The view from the water is of steep cliffs on one side and steep, sloping broken faces covered in olive trees and firs on the other.

The photos show us after our funivia (cable car) ride to the top of Monte Baldo and before our walk down (hey, I’m bald on Baldo...ha, ha , ha, heard that one).

There’s also one of Ben and a friend in a boat at the beach by the campground.... another great visit.


  • At 8:40 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    A long-nosed dwarf with a tall hat? A brontosaurus sitting back on his haunches? Don't toy with me Jules, :)Sylvia

  • At 1:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Of course i would tune back in just in time for Lago de Grande Cosa... I have missed so much I am sure! Anyway - it looks like everyone is still having fun! Who is that bald man traveling with you? It looks very nice Mark. :) What a trip of a lifetime - tales to tell forever. Hope to hook up one of these days.


  • At 7:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    exlrzzbyHey, I left comments how come my posts do not come through?
    Hope you got my message to let me know you got to the United Kingdom saftly.....I love Marks new look, it is a natural for him, Jules looks great too Ben needs his spike hairdo back...But still adorable...Love Denise


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