Vietnam Roundtrip Part 3
Central Vietnam – most scenic morning & a sea of butterflies

Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng

Chào bạn! A 12-hour train ride is something you should do just once in your life. I did one in China and it’s no fun. For time management reasons, I prefer to fly within a country, unless the train system is well developed and fast. From Hanoi, in the North of Vietnam, it is a bit over 500km to get to Central Vietnam. Of course, you can still take the train or the sleeping bus. It’s cheaper but also takes 10 hours. We flew with Vietnam Airlines approximately an hour from Hanoi to Dong Hoi. From there, we went straight into the Nationalpark Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng – beautiful landscape, simple villages and a looot of caves (we visited two of them!). Luckily we also had some free time. The region is perfect to relax. I took my favorite photographs there! I wish we had more time in Phong Nha-Ke Bang.

Hotel-Tipps at Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng

Budget BeHome HomeStay
Normal Sai Gon Phong Nha Hotel (we stayed here, which I recommend!)

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The early bird GETS THE WORM!
Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng

One thing was immediately apparent: I had to bite into the bullet one morning and get up very early. My alarm rang around 5:30 and I strolled through the sleepy Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng. Sleepy? Not at all. The street was already filled with people. In the early morning, it was a lot hotter and humid than I thought. Flip flops weren’t the best shoes to wear! Hello blisters! After a 20-minute walk I finally reached the bridge, which our tour guide recommended.I reached it right for the sunrise. Behind me, noisy cars and motorcycles were passing, in front of me, there was a beautiful view onto the river and a small fishing boat. The street radio was playing Vietnamese pop music, which I ignored to enjoy the sight. The sun appeared behind the clouds just in the right moment. You’ll see the picture below!
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Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park | 2 Wochen Vietnam Rundreise Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park - Vietnam round tripet voilà … the atmosphere is beautiful, isn’t it? it was definitely worth getting up!
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Of course, a few pictures in the rice fields are a must! In the next picture, you’ll also see a Vietnamese cemetery. Only for pictures like that I would have needed more time in the province.
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Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park | 2 Wochen Vietnam Rundreise Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park - Vietnam round tripthis light was a pure dream – snapshot from the bus!
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2 Wochen Vietnam Rundreise Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park - Vietnam round tripone of my favorite pictures: curious school kids – the street was way too narrow for two busses
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Paradise Cave

After my cave fail at Ha Long Bay, the Paradise cave at Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng, also called Dong Thien Duong cave, was very impressive. Apparently, guides recommend the bigger Phong Nha Cave but a visit of the Paradise Cave is more beautiful. To get to the cave, you need approximately 30 minutes on foot. People were already waiting in front of the cave. It was recommended to become acclimatized before entering the cave. They take special care that not too many people enter the cave. The cave itself is beautifully highlighted with simple lights (not colored ones) and nearly each stop was special. Apparently a British cave explorer found out that it is 31km long. You can explore the first kilometer on a wooden path.

  • You can also book the 7-kilometer tour, which leads through an underwater tunnel and you’ll be having lunch unter a light shaft. However, the tour is a little bit more advanced!
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2 Wochen Vietnam Rundreise Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park - Vietnam round tripevening atmosphere at Phong Nha Ke Bang
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Another highlight were the butterfly swarms. I found them a couple of times sitting in groups. It was such a beautiful moment. I will show you more in my travel video!

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Tu Lan Cave

If you are looking for a more adventurous cave visit, I recommend a tour of Tu Lan Cave. You’ll only be equipped with headlights and will be led through the dark cave.

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Yen Phu Lake

Last but not least, we visited the last filming spot of the newest King Kong movie – the Yen Phu Lake. The lake is a little bit more difficult to find. Luckily, the GPS of my camera worked perfectly and I’ve marked the position here in my Google Map. By the time we visited, the lake didn’t have so much water. It is located approximately one hour away from Phong Nha Ke Bang. If you’re in the area, you should visit it, but I wouldn’t specifically drive there.
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From Dong Hoi, I flew to Saigon, also called Ho Chi Minh City. Due to the public holiday and my super late booking, most of the flights to Da Nang were fully booked. It would have made more sense to fly there first. The flights to Saigon were still payable. Quite expensive for Vietname prices, but ok. But who knows when I’ll be back in Vietnam. #onceinalifetime. Otherwise, I would have flewn to Đà Nẵng first and then down to Hoi An.
Find an overview of all Vietnam entries here:

  1. From Hanoi to the famous Ha Long Bay
  2. Ninh Bình – the North & Southeast-Asia’s most famous Pagoda
  3. Central Vietnam – most scenic morning & a sea of butterflies
  4. Ho Chi Minh City: The pink church & how much textile fits in a trolley
  5. Hoi An: the mecca for tailoring & the best Banh Mi Phuong
  6. Back in Hanoi & the nightlife at Bia Hoi Street
Tạm biệt!

Vietnam Roundtrip Part 2
Ninh Bình – the North & Southeast-Asia’s most famous Pagoda

Ninh Binh

Chào bạn! After two rainy days in Ha Long Bay (get to the first part here!), I woke up Southwards of Hanoi in the province of Ninh Binh. We stayed here only for a night, which definitely wasn’t enough to see all. We returned to Hanoi in the early evening. On our day program was a visit of the most famous pagoda of South East Asia (yes, it’s huge!), such as two boat tours – one of them to the filming point of King Kong. Later that afternoon, we also spotted some small versions of King Kong in the trees. So cute!

Hotel-TipS in Ninh Binh

Budget

Luxury

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The most famous and biggest pagoda Southeast Asia’s Bái Đính Pagoda

The pagoda lies on a 539 acre at the foot of the Dinh mountains. The old pagoda lies a little bit hidden on the west side, while the new Bai Dinh Pagoda was constructed prominently on the other side. It was constructed in 2003. We were lucky to be there very early in the morning and went from the upper part down to the entrance. Usually it’s the other way round. Therefore, there weren’t so many people around. The walk through the palace was magical. There are various halls and small temples with huge Buddha statues. I would recommend to visit for about 3-4 hours.

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Onto the next filming spot Tràng An Nature Reserve
in Ninh Binh

Given the name ‘scenic landscape complex’, Tràng An was rewarded as UNESCO world heritage. The karst peaks permeated with valleys are indeed beautiful. The region is a popular spot for boat tours but also cave visits (well, there are a lot of them in whole Vietnam). We went on two boat tours that day – the first through the Tràn An Nature Reserve. There you’ll find another filming spot of King Kong. They kept the filming spot and you can visit it now. It’s called ‘Skull Island’.

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Finally some sun! Boat tour through the VAN LONG NATURE RESERVE

I was happy like a kid when the sun finally came out. I hadn’t been that lucky with the weather on my last Asia trips. This time the weather god was very kind.

We reached the stunning Van Long Nature Reserve in the early afternoon. I preferred this boat tour much more because it wasn’t overloaded with tourists. It’s located approximately 20km from Tràn An. I highly recommend this tour!

  • Luckily Capucine bought some Asian hats in a tourist shop. The sun was stronger than expected and you see how white I was back then!
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My absolute highlight of the day was the visit of the Bai Dinh Pagoda that morning. Each place was magical. In the next post, I’ll bring you further to Central Vietnam, to Quangh Binh to the famous Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park!

Find an overview of all Vietnam entries here:

  1. From Hanoi to the famous Ha Long Bay
  2. Ninh Bình – the North & Southeast-Asia’s most famous Pagoda
  3. Central Vietnam – most scenic morning & a sea of butterflies
  4. Ho Chi Minh City: The pink church & how much textile fits in a trolley
  5. Hoi An: the mecca for tailoring & the best Banh Mi Phuong
  6. Back in Hanoi & the nightlife at Bia Hoi Street
Tạm biệt!

Vietnam Roundtrip Part 1
From Hanoi to the famous Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

Chào bạn!
Vietnam – a dream came true. The hilly landscape, the diverse nature and not to mention all the great Vietnamese food. I’d never thought that I would go on a third Asia trip this year, since I’ve already been to Japan and Thailand. I was very happy about the invitation of the Vietnamese tourism board. We would discover the country on King Kong’s path for one week and visit the filming spots of “Kong: Skull Island”.

  • Short info aside: The newest King Kong movie: “Kong: Skull Island” appeared in March. In fact, it’s the first Hollywood production in Southeast-Asia after the Vietnam war in the 1970s. Have you already seen the movie?

Unfortunately, I got there one day later than the rest of the group and missed the day tour in Hanoi. After a quick noodle soup for breakfast, I was already sitting in the bus heading to the famous Ha Long Bay. I must say that the nature comes very close to the hilly landscape of Guilin, China, where I’ve been four years ago.

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Discover the famous HA LONG BAY

HOW TO GET THERE

There are different possibilities to go there from Hanoi:

BY BUS: the Hoang Long Express leaves every 15 minutes from Kim Ma Bus Station
duration: 3-4 hours
price: 60k VND (2,21€)

BY TRAIN: from Yen Vien Station, Hà Nội – Hải Phòng station.
duration: 2:20 hours
price: around 12€ www.dsvn.vn/en/

BY TOUR: from Hanoi
duration: 2 days including transportation, stay and program
price: around 3m VND (110€)

Most of the travelers book an organized tour, which is more comfortable

  • TIP! An acquaintance recommended Ethnic Travel Vietnam, which organize authentic tours away from mass tourism. A daily tour costs around 80€ and an authentic multi-day tour starts from 96€ with a minimum of two people.
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Ha Long Bay – Off we GO!

We reached Ha Long City in the late morning and drove to our little cruise ship Oriental Sails (which I highly recommend). My double cabin was very comfortable. We met up for lunch (yay – finally some good Vietnamese food!) while we were chugging into the rolling Ha Long Bay.

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Visit of the HANG SUNG SOT CAVE at Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay offers a great variety of caves. We visited the most famous cave, Hang Sung Sot (also called Cave of Surprises). Yes, a nature wonder like this is indeed impressive but my enthusiasm was remained very limited (maybe because of the jetlag!). The cave was not only run over by many tourists, the different parts of the cave were highlighted with colorful lights, which I definitely didn’t like. The cave also contains a huge stone phallus, which is a symbol of fertility for locals. The visit of the caves takes approximately 1-1.5 hours.

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Off to see KING KONG!

After the touristy part, it finally went on to the exciting part. We were about to discover the untouched parts of the Ha Long Bay. Usually, they don’t drive tourists into these parts. Our little speedboat drove through the beautiful landscape and the sun finally came out.

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A little bit mystical, the sun was about to set behind the hills enlightening them. We set food on the mainland were only two houses were built on. One Vietnamese lady and her five dogs were waiting for us. While she was feeding fish with rice, we discover the lake lying behind. No surprise they filmed King Kong here. The place was so beautiful.

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handmade SPRING ROLLS!

Back on the boat, we let the evening fade away. Unfortunately, it was a little bit freezing and cloudy. That area must be so beautiful in summer (also the water color is completely different). The many boats were slowly pitching. From some boats we heard party music, which luckily stopped right for bed time. I guess the more expensive the boat, the better the wharf.

Our evening ended with a Vietnamese cooking class. We learned how to make fried spring rolls. Personally, I also love them as summer rolls. They were really good!

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I was feeling my jetlag fell into my bed. In the end, it was a quite long day. I was excited how the next days would be. The next day we drove a little bit Southwards to the region of Ninh Bình. More in the next post!

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Find an overview of all Vietnam entries here:

  1. From Hanoi to the famous Ha Long Bay
  2. Ninh Bình – the North & Southeast-Asia’s most famous Pagoda
  3. Central Vietnam – most scenic morning & a sea of butterflies
  4. Ho Chi Minh City: The pink church & how much textile fits in a trolley
  5. Hoi An: the mecca for tailoring & the best Banh Mi Phuong
  6. Back in Hanoi & the nightlife at Bia Hoi Street
Tạm biệt!

Gorgeous sneakers for autumn / winter

Bonjour de Cannes! I’m spending the last few summer days with two of my closest girlfriends at the French Riviera. And while we were here the weather wasn’t so good on the first days. Of course, we took a little stroll in the city centre of Cannes and did a little window shopping. While we were looking at all the beautiful autumn stuff I discovered this gorgeous pair of sneaker from No Name (although I lived in France for a year I never came across the brand, which exists for over 20 years). Well, I fell madly in love with the sneakers in animal print and suede straps and had to get them. It’s been a while since I got new sneakers. Luckily they’re still available in some sizes.

And while I was browsing through the web for them I’ve found a few more really cool models, which I want to show you today!

No Name ARCADE STRAPS PINK Sneaker low white
No Name ARCADE SNEAKER PINK Sneaker low box/black dove
No Name ARCADE SNEAKER PINK Sneaker low box/nude dove
adidas Originals STAN SMITH BOLD Sneaker low sand
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Sneakers for autumn_sneakers für herbst winter
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Sneakers for autumn_sneakers für herbst winter
Sneakers for autumn_sneakers für herbst winter
Sneakers for autumn_sneakers für herbst winter
Sneakers for autumn_sneakers für herbst winter
Sneakers for autumn_sneakers für herbst winter
Sneakers for autumn_sneakers für herbst winter
Sneakers for autumn_sneakers für herbst winter
Sneakers for autumn_sneakers für herbst winter
Sneakers for autumn_sneakers für herbst winter
Sneakers for autumn_sneakers für herbst winter
Sneakers for autumn_sneakers für herbst winter
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PUMA Sneaker SUEDE HEART SATIN II
VEJA Sneaker ESPLAR VELCRO
Alpe Sneaker mit Fellbesatz

pictures via Tracdelight & Zalando

I wish you a wonderful day!
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My summer at Lake Garda day trips and restaurant recommendations 

What a great summer at Lago di Garda! We definitely got good friends this summer. I’ve actually started to appreciate and to love this great gem. ‘Gardameer’ (engl tranl. Sea of Garda) is how the Germans call it and now I understand why. At some points, it definitely looks like anywhere along the seacoast, i.e. along Croatia’s coast. The best summer feeling – and even better since there is freshwater.

In all those years since my dad had moved there, I’ve so rarely visited. Shame on me! I definitely changed the game this year and went there so many times. From South Tyrol, it’s the perfect distance for a nice weekend getaway. Mid July, Irina and Conny came down from Munich and we explored the region togheter. Moreover, I spent another weekend with my mum and friends on the other side than usual. The area around Limone is amazing too. Well, there are a lot of lovely places, which I don’t want to hold from you. Of course, I’ve included some great restaurant recommendations!

I’ve included all my recommendations. Let’s go down the memory lane a little bit! Allora incominciamo…

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The Southwest
FROM LIMONE, PORTO DI TIGNALE DOWN TO TOSCOLANO

I can’t believe that I’ve never really been to the ‘other side’ of Lake Garda. The area from Limone toToscolano is beautiful too. It’s a little bit wilder than the North-East. Driving through the old tunnels is spectacular. We stayed at Porto di Tignale, which is a great recommendation for all surfers. In fact, it’s the most Southern part where the wind is still strong enough. I highly recommend Gargnano, Bogliaco and Toscolano Maderno too.

  • Fun Fact: Why would you get stressed and look for a hotel for just one night? We spontaneously decided to stay over the night and simply slept in the car. Why not? Waking up front row with the lake in front of your feet was such a great feeling of freedom!
RESTAURANT-TIPS

Torre San Marco Gardone Corso Zanardelli, 142, 25083 Gardone Riviera
Chic!! Hotel Villa Fiordaliso Corso Zanardelli, 150, 25083 Gardone Riviera
Gourmet Restaurant Lido 84 Corso Zanardelli, 196, 25083 Gardone Riviera

Restaurant Lido Via Colletta, 61, 25084 Gargnano
Restaurant ‘Allo Scoglio’ Via Barbacane, 2, 25084 Gargnano
Pizzeria Ristorante Le Fontanelle Via Rimembranza, 32, 25084 Gargnano

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Sommer am Gardasee, Summer at Lago di Garda, Porto di Tignale, Limone, Gardasee Tipps
summer look long skirt with pink top

my favorite places in the South-East
TORRI DEL BENACO, ALBISANO, CAVAION

Let’s head over to the South-East now. The area around Bardolino is very popular and I definitely konw why. On the one hand, it is super close to the highway exit Affi. Of course, in summer time there are looots of tourists. I’ve often asked myself who loves such crowded places. However, there are people who love the fuzz. Moreover, summer is only once!

Luckily, there are smaller villages in the hinterlands or further north, which are not overrun with tourists: Torri del Benaco, Albisano, Cavaion Veronese or Castion Veronese.

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Castion Veronese

A small village where you can stop for a coffee. The palace / villa you see on the picture above is an event location. Of course, not for a little budget. And how idyllic are the pictures below? Love it!

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Albisano

Albisano lies on the mountain and you’ll be looking down to Torri del Benaco. The view over Lago di Garda is so beautiful. Best is to come here in the morning. In the afternoon the lake gets usually quite damp and the sight is not so clear.

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Sommer am Gardasee, Summer at Lago di Garda, Gardasee Tipps, Albisano, Torri del Benaco
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Torri del Benaco

Torri del Benaco compared to its neighbor villages is still not so crowded. The charming small port is one of my favorite spots. Therefore, if you’re looking for a more relaxed place it’s the right choice (however, in high season I can’t guarantuee anything!)

  • If you’re coming from Torri and heading down to Bardolino you’ll find a great ice cream shop, Gelateria al Borgho in Garda – highly to recommend!
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Cavaion Veronese

Cavaion is a cute little village close to Affi. Due to its hill side it offers a great view onto Lake Garda. The village has some cute old Roman streets.

  • Recommendation: enjoy the sun down at ‘Ceriel’
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RESTAURANT-TIPS LAKE GARDA Bardolino and surroundings

Of course, you’ll get great Italian food in most of the places. However, as soon as you’ll see German translations on the menu, you are in the wrong place. Luckily, my dad knows some unpretentious, delicious trattorie. Here are couple of his favorites! I’ve already been to some!

Restaurant-Tipps

Ristorante Pizzeria Palafitte Via S. Cristina, 36, 37011 Bardolino
Ristorante Viavai Via Gardesana dell’Acqua, 27, 37011 Bardolino

Pizza napoletana! Nuova Marconi Via Monte Baldo, 46, 37013 Caprino Veronese VR

Trattoria el Brol Via Vittorio Veneto, 7, 37010 Castion Veronese, Costermano VR

Favorit! Ristorante La Rosa Via Pezze, 2, 37010 Cavaion Veronese
Locanda Centrale Piazza della Chiesa 4, 37010 Cavaion Veronese
Ristorante Trattoria La Villa Str. Villa, 32, 37010 Cavaion Veronese

Great pizza! Ristorante Pizzeria Alle Querce Via Monte Mandion, 250, 37013 Ceredello VR

Cà Bottona Via I° Maggio, 18, 37010 Costermano VR

Ristorante la Taverna da Oreste Via Francesco Fontana, 32, 37017 Lazise VR

Ristorante Miralago Via Morsella, 26, 37010 Pastrengo VR
Sella d’Italia Piazza Carlo Alberto 25, 37010 Pastrengo VR

Locanda Bonaparte Corte Bramante, 73046 Rivoli Veronese VR

Find all addresses on my Google Maps!

my favorite restaurant
LA ROSA in Cavaion

There’s never been a visit to the Lago di Garda without eating at La Rosa in Cavaion. We have been going there for over ten years now, so we already know the staff and just love their dishes. They have a great terrace in summer time and good value for money. My favorite dish is the ‘spaghetti alla chitarra’. The pizza is great, the wine is delicious – what else do you need? I also recommend the lunch menu!

Ristorante Pizzeria la Rosa

Via Pezze, 2, 37010 Cavaion Veronese VR

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LOCANDA BONAPARTE in Rivoli

Another great recommendation is the Locanda Bonaparte in Rivoli Veronese. The restaurant is a little bit more chic. I recommend to share an ‘antipasto misto di pesce’ (we ordered it for two and ate it in three). The portions are huge and they’ll bring one dish after the other. Super delicious!

Locanda bonaparte

Corte Bramante, 73046 Rivoli Veronese VR

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Boat tour at Lago di Garda

My summer at Lago di Garda ended with a beautiful boat tour. We took off in Bardolino and headed southwards. It was such a relaxing day. Well, life on a boat is just too good! We ended the day with an aperitif.

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Weekly market in BUSSOLENGO

If you’re looking for an authentic Italian weekly market, you should head to the hinterlands. We stopped on our way to Verona and experienced the one in Bussolengo. You’ll find everything from clothing, vegetables and fruit, meat, stationery and more.

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Evening strolls at PESCHIERA DEL GARDA & BARDOLINO

It was just too hot during the day. Therefore, we enjoyed the time at the pool and headed to the surrounding villages in the evening. Bardolino is always a great place to go. Moreover, we drove more southwards to Peschiera del Garda. Lazise is cute too.

Peschiera del Garda

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Bardolino

  • Get the best ice cream at Gelateria Biancaneve. Gelateria Cristallo is a great choice as well!
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I hope you’ve enjoyed my recommendations. Let me know if there is anything else you want to know.

I wish you a wonderful day!

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