Giardino Botanico

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A peaceful place to meditate
Before leaving Gardone, we visited the Giardino Botanico laid out by an Austrian dentist - Dr. Arturo Hruska - in 1901 and now preserved by the Fondazione André Heller.  It is not large, but the paths weave in and around small ponds filled with Koi Carp and copses of bambo.  There are many sculptures (mostly modern / surreal) to amuse the visitor including two 'spitting heads' which squirt water jets at each other at irregular intervals.  You stand a good chance of getting wet as you run along the path between them !  At €9.00 it's rather pricey, but well worth it, and there are lots of places for one to sit and admire the views.

We took the 16:20 ferry back to Desenzano - stopping just about everywhere and taking two and a half hours - and settled down for dinner at a lakeside restaurant and watched a totally disorganised wedding party - men looking hot and incomfortable in suits and ladies in long dresses - trying to clamber down off the quay onto small boats to be whisked off to the reception.

After dinner we walked up the hill to the station towing our cases - thank goodness we both go to the gym, otherwise we'd never have made it !  The station announcer kept repeating (at 60-second intervals) that the train from Milano to Venizia was running late - at least I think that's what he said, and we kept a wary eye on the Eastern European beggers who by now were enjoying evening cocktails of meths and Coke and shouting at the passing trains.  Our train arrived only five minutes late and we arrived in Milano just on 23:00 as the coffee shop was just closing, much to Sharon's dismay.

The sleeper train for Paris arrived a little late and waited 45 minutes past its departure time, but by then we were a) shattered and b) tucked up in our bunks not caring.

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A peaceful place to meditate
A peaceful place to meditate
Gardone Riviera
photo by: Gandul