Arrival - at last
Gardone Riviera Travel Blog› entry 4 of 8 › view all entries
July 19th, 2009 – by: davidsutton
The Grand takes up much of the waterfront, and has several shaded areas where one can await one's room, as one has arrived at an unseemly hour. Glad to be able to take a shower, we then strolled though the small town, took in lunch at the hotel and began to chill out big-time. Our table for dinner was less than three metres from the lakeside and we decided that we would spend the Monday in Gardone.
The towns along the lake shore all take part in a boat race in which crews of four row against one another. The boat is called a Bissa, and whereas on a normal rowing boat the crew sit facing away from the direction of travel and pull to make the stroke, on the Bissa the crew stand facing forwards and push on the stroke. There is no rudder, and the crew have to steer using the oars. There are also Dragon Boat races on the lake.
Rounded off the evening with coffe and Grand Marnier in the lounge listening to the pianist who palyed and sang well, but looked like a younger, slimmer Michael Winner. "And so to bed" as Pepys wrote, but with the sound of the waves lapping against the rocks below our window.
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