Lake Garda Italy

lake garda


We arrived on Lake Garda Italy on a Friday afternoon in the most incredible heat, apparently they were the hottest days of the year so far and didn’t we know it!

Our Keycamp rep took us to our mobile home where we discovered there was no air conditioning. Having booked Spain last year with AC I had assumed all homes in hot countries had it. Wrong.

We opened every window in the home and turned on the fan whilst we set about settling in. The home was a three bed and they had set up travel cots in one for the girls, it had a lovely decking area outside with a gas BBQ and the road in front was pedestrian meaning the girls could roam on the grass and surrounds enjoying a tiny bit of freedom.

I had ordered two baby packs which included, cots, high chairs, baby bath and a potty (which I never saw) which allowed us to free up a lot of space in the car which was packed to the hilt anyway.

Keycamp mobile home Lake Garda

Our campsite was on the southern end of Lake Garda in Peschiera a pretty fishing town with a wonderful Monday market! During our stay we managed to visit Sirmione, Bardolino, Lazise and Desenzano del Garda. I think my favourite still has to be Lazise.

Gelateria Peschiera Lake Garda

Ice cream counter -mmmm

One of the most enjoyable pleasures for me in Italy is the ice cream parlour. The one photographed here is in Sirmione and has fridge after fridge of trays of piled up high ice cream in every flavour imaginable, of course I had one and on another occasion I treated myself to an Eis Cafe which is sublime…a tall sundae glass, with scoops of vanilla ice cream, drowned in a hot espresso coffee, topped with whipped cream and a squirt of chocolate sauce. To die for. I think I ate mine so quickly that Other Half didn’t even get to taste it. Ooops!

Peschiera market Lake Garda

I came home with some beautiful ceramics from Peschiera market, some clothes (Of course! we’re in Italy) some no make that lots of wine and a sun tan.

Me and friends in Italy 2010

I managed to catch up with some of my very dear friends who I know I won’t be seeing for a long while again but isn’t it lovely how you just pick up where you left even if it was a couple of years ago?

Swimming pool Lake Garda camping

The girls adored the swimming pool and our camping, Camping del Garda had a fantastic pool perfect for toddlers as it went from very shallow to a foot or two allowing them to move around freely and safely. Admittedly we started off with arm bands and rings but as time passed they got more confident and the bands came off.   They didn’t even mind the compulsory swimming hats as seen above!

Trombe d'aria Lake Garda Peschiera

All in all a wonderful holiday. The only snag being the dreadful weather we had half way through including a ‘tromba d’aria!’ Which literally blew our garden furniture away. When there’s bad weather on the lake you certainly know about it.

The girls playing with Gracey on the slides in the park

children on slide

And one last photo – all my four children together

My children taken June 2010 Lake Garda


  1. Nadine Gautschi
    July 9, 2010 / 2:14 PM

    Thanks for sharing! I used to work in Pesciera… hmmm I have lovely memories, the fondest ones must be the ones regarding FOOD!
    Love, Nadine

    • July 12, 2010 / 1:14 PM

      Oh My God! What a small world….I may have passed you in the street whilst I used to live there as we someitmes used to spend time on the lake! – what a thought!

  2. Carol
    July 9, 2010 / 5:51 PM

    Fantissimo !!!! Loved the photo of your 4 babies How they grow !!! x

    • July 12, 2010 / 1:15 PM

      I know! Time has flown by so quickly…before I know it, the twins will be in their 20’s – yikes!

  3. Karen @ If I Could Escape . . .
    July 9, 2010 / 10:12 PM

    Looks and sounds like such a wonderful time Mari. Great photos.

    • July 12, 2010 / 1:17 PM

      Thanks Karen, I seem to be getting more organised as each day passes so hope to be popping over to ‘see’ you soon – sorry for my absence x

  4. TheMadHouse
    July 10, 2010 / 10:01 AM

    Looks like you had a great tiome, wow at the photo of all your children together – how great is that

    • July 12, 2010 / 1:41 PM

      Hello! Yes, I must get that photo printed NOW, or it’ll pass me by again xx

  5. Susie
    July 11, 2010 / 6:33 AM

    love the pic of all 4 of ur babies.

    • July 12, 2010 / 1:18 PM

      Thank you :-) I couldn’t choose a favourtie if I tried!

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