From Lake Garda to the Sunshine State

We’ve just returned from a long weekend in Italy for our friends’ wedding. It was a tantalisingly brief taste of the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Garda, and although we made the most of the time we had there – swimming in the lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains, and watching our friends tie the knot in the vine-covered castle at Torri Del Benaco – we left feeling as though we had so much more to experience and explore.

Torri Del Benaco

It was a holiday to remember in many ways, and not least because of the fact we were surrounded by good friends old and new, joining together to see two very special people get married in especially idyllic surroundings. And as if that wasn’t enough, the food was incredible, the prosecco flowed freely and the sun came out in all its glory to bless the big day, and beyond.


GALLERY: A wedding in Lake Garda

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Lake Garda – and Torri in particular – is a very special place and we will return, for certain, but until then we have this year’s ‘proper’ holiday to plan. We are returning to Florida, for the third year, this time to Clearwater. It’s great to have this to look forward to, and while I don’t want to wish the summer away, I simply cannot wait to step off the plane into the hot and humid Sunshine State. So this week I’ve been firing off a few emails to begin arranging our stay, including another visit to Key West.

Key West

We adored this town when we visited last year, when we took the Key West Express ferry from our base in Fort Myers Beach. This year we plan to drive down the Keys, which should take around seven hours (or more if we take it a bit more leisurely). It’s a lovely, vibrant little place, with fun and culture in equal measure. We had so much still to do when we left last year, so this is going to be a real highlight. You can read my travel review here.

We’ll miss Fort Myers Beach this year too. We stayed there for the past two years, and it was a bit of a wrench to decide to go elsewhere this time. There are miles of brilliant white sand, amazing restaurants and wonderful little bars – not to mention some fantastic fishing and water sports.

I am looking forward to exploring somewhere new, however, and Clearwater certainly looks as though it has plenty to offer, alongside nearby Tampa, and of course Orlando is only a short (in US terms!) drive away. 

Fort Myers Beach

We may even pop back to Fort Myers Beach this year, if we just can’t stay away – if only to have a quick glass of Yucatan Red and some crabs legs at our favourite watering hole, the Yucatan Bar. You can read my review of last year’s trip  here.

Although our trip isn’t until September, there’s plenty up ahead to keep us occupied, and besides, with a bit of luck and some decent weather, living on the Exe can make you feel as though you are on holiday every day. 

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