This past weekend was a long weekend for Vicenza, celebrating the 300th-or so year anniversary of an apparition of the Virgin Mary in Monte Berico that ended a terrible plague. Devotees walk from the base of the hill all the way to the Santuario della Madonna to offer their prayers. Below, citizens flock to the city center to enjoy the luna park and the fun energy in general.
For me however, the 8th and the 9th were workdays. So the weekend had to be an away weekend to avoid the feeling of depression borne out of having to work when everyone else gets a vacay. So, I packed a tent, some sleeping bags, and some meat for the grill and headed out to my favorite lake, Lago di Ledro. Above was the pooch, enjoying a bit of sun while we rotate peddling duties for the boat. I overly underestimated the pedal boat: mostly relegated to artificial lakes in city parks, I thought it would be boring and relatively limited to within a few meters from the shore. But it was the little boat that could: it chugged along effortlessly from one end of the lake to another and safely accommodated two peddlers and two sunbathers. Mixed with a bit of sun bathing and swimming (not me—the water was too cold and I was born in the tropics), it was the perfect, relaxing weekend.