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Today I felt like an ant, crawling around with thousands of other ants. I was part of the mound of tourist ants. I took photos, holding my phone up high. One of the many. Busses and cars transport the ants along busy roads and then wait outside where the ant density is too high. Drahtesel plies the same roads, and like the busses and cars, waits patiently outside.

Verona

Verona

Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou Romeo?
I saw Juliette’s tower today, and the balcony where such a scene may have taken place. Today, being the first Sunday in the month, meant that potential Juliette’s could stand out on the balcony for only one euro. The Juliettes rotated constantly on the balcony, being watched by the hoards of Romeos (and me, of course) from below.

Juliette's balcony

Juliette’s balcony

From high up from the central tower, I had a bird’s eye view out over Verona. It is a lovely city. The rooftops and squares gave me the feeling of Italy – a holiday feeling. I have already come a long way from the Netherlands.

Verona from above

Verona from above

Verona from above

Verona from above

Earlier in the day I visited Sirmione – a thin peninsula poking up into Lago di Garda. I convinced the policeman that I would only push my bike through the centre, and he let me through. I soon left. There really was no room..

Sirmione

Sirmione

I guess I am a loner. Crowds stress me. An open road, alone, through the mountains, through the plains – that is for me.


A picture tells a thousand words. But, a picture doesn’t capture the sound. I experienced the roar of cars and motorbikes for hours, to the beautiful backdrop of Lake Garda. I have been spoiled with the silence and tranquility of my trip up to now. Busy roads will be the norm, and often without the beautiful vistas and cute towns as a backdrop.

Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Alessandro accompanied me along the Adige River today to the Bicigrill – a kind of cafe for cyclists. There were lots of people there, mostly in their slick lycra outfits and bikes that weigh less than a feather. Drahtesel was a bit clunky in comparison. Also, my sandals without click pedals were not the norm. It was nice to sit down for a drink and enjoy the weather, and be amongst cyclists.

Bicigrill

Bicigrill

Bicigrill

Bicigrill

Lake Garda was in haze today. The brain builds up an image from the eye darting around the panorama, piecing together small subelements in the scenery. All the while, the eye adjusts to the light conditions, making an image that looks good to the brain, even if it doesn’t make for a good photo. I tried my best to take some nice photos, but the lake ones were less than optimal.

On the way to Lake Garda

On the way to Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Windsurfing on Lake Garda

Windsurfing on Lake Garda

A bike is not a car. Nor is it a pedestrian. Cycling along bike/footpaths brings one past lovely little villages with cute bridges and cafes. It also means one hardly moves forward. Cycling along roads is noisy. That is really all one notices, even though there is a nice backdrop.
Here are some noise free photos of the lake and the cute little villages.

Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Village on Lake Garda

Village on Lake Garda

Village on Lake Garda

Village on Lake Garda

Village on Lake Garda

Village on Lake Garda

Thank you Alessandro again. This evening I am staying with him and his family in an apartment on the Garda Sea. He was planning to be here and invited me along. Great!!