Mike and I took a two-week road trip through Italy, Monaco, France, Spain,
England, and Belgium this past September.
You can read our other road trip posts about this trip here.
Or, see all our travel posts here.
What's the first thing you do after being cooped up in a car for 6 hours and arriving to views like this? (Have a drink and) Take a good long walk.
Sirmione is the perfect size to comfortably walk around in a couple hours, and its shores are ridiculously stunning. During our walk there in September we saw hardy a soul, the weather was perfect (warm with a breeze) and we felt like we had this entire enchanting peninsula to ourselves.
The waters of Lake Garda are so clear! While we toured Sirmione's shores we passed by the back yards of little villas and luxury hotels, for the most part following this easy pathway...
...And happening upon some Roman ruins! (No big deal.)
Sirmione is the kind of place that begs to be photographed. Sunbathers, cute kids, (more) swans, mountains and sweeping vistas. I was shutter happy.
But sometimes I question travelling with a camera and phone by my side at all times. I hope to be brave enough to leave them behind someday, and rely purely on my memory to capture every memorable scene. Or - to bring a film camera so I'm more attentive to the number and quality of shots I'm taking. I find I always get the best photos - and am the most relaxed about it - when my camera has a very low battery (and I can't reshoot and reshoot), so maybe that's an option too! (Perpetual low battery syndrome is a thing in our house.)
Have you ever travelled without a camera? Were you more tuned in to your surroundings (or was it just annoying and scary?)