Monzambano, Italy, Sunday 26th July 2015

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The lovely and roomy sosta by pond at Monzambano

The lovely and roomy sosta by pond at Monzambano

We tried to stop at the sosta at Noale, but the barrier didn’t work and we couldn’t get in. We were a bit irritated as it was already 1pm and very hot again, which has been the theme for the last 3 weeks. A quick look at the Stellplatzfüehrer showed another sosta slightly north west of Noale at Castelfranco Veneto and we made it there within 30 minutes. This is a very adequate sosta for 5 a night and, luckily, the ticket machine and barrier were working, so we felt very relieved to be able to stop for the day without further travelling and we enjoyed a cold beer in the shade of a ring of trees before lunch.

Our shady spot by ring of trees at Castelfranco Veneto

Our shady spot by ring of trees at Castelfranco Veneto

After siesta and Beano’s walk, we did a small shop at the Co-op supermarket by the sosta and just enjoyed a relaxing evening.

A wider view of the sosta at Castelfranco Veneto

A wider view of the sosta at Castelfranco Veneto with more marking bays

Yesterday, we left just after 9am and made it to Monzambano by 11am via Cittadela, Vicenza and Verona, following the R53 and A43/E70 to Peschiera del Garda. We are just south of Lake Garda and it really is a most charming spot by a pond full of exotic geese, ducks, herons and other aquatic birds. It has room for 102 motorhomes and the €13 daily fee includes electricity and water, as well as the use of a toilet (the squat version, I’m afraid) and washing facilities and there are also showers that work with a token to be bought at reception for 50C.

Geese at Monzambano's sosta

Geese at Monzambano’s sosta

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More exotic aquatic birds at sosta

More exotic aquatic birds at sosta

A lonely heron

A lonely heron

As it was the weekend and it can be quite difficult to find a pitch on Sundays in the summer (like it happened last Sunday at Barcis), we decided to stay here for 2 days and enjoy a meal in town. We ended up in lovely Trattoria del Caminetto, which served local specialities that we both enjoyed very much. I had never eaten (or seen) Ravioli stuffed with pumpkin and almonds, which was utterly delicious, and Adonis had a Carpaccio with mushroom, equally scrumptious.

The calming pond and ducks at Monzambano's sosta

The calming pond and ducks at Monzambano’s sosta

Today we walked into town again for the Sunday market and bought some bread and some other pasta dish we’d never seen before, a bit like a roulade with ham and bechamel sauce and covered in cheese and, again, it was very tasty and enjoyable.

The rest of the day, we just spent chilling by the pond, reading, crocheting and on social media, as we have a very good reception here.

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Tomorrow, we are heading further south west to Ovada, south of Alessandria, but might go an have a look at Lake Garda to try our luck and see if we can stop for the day.

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