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Greetings from Manarola on the Sea,
We left Lucca with the warmth of the people, the taste of Lucchesi pasta, and excitement for we were traveling to the Sea. It is not a secret that Sue is nourished by large bodies of water, she has not been disappointed in our surroundings.
We have become so remote as to lose our WiFi's reliability, hence a gap in blog entries. Quite likely a good thing for us all.
The tourists come to Manarola on the train, ...
... is ancient, and ancient often means weatherbeaten and damaged.
It wasn't that Vernazza was uninhabitable ... not now, around seven months after the flooding ... but when you looked past the tourists, you could see that nearly every buildling had been repaired in some manner, most cobblestoned streets had been relaid, most plaster and rendering had ...
After reaching Volastra, we hiked down to Corniglia, which has a beautiful little bay, then we made our way to Monterosso, with its wide curving beaches. I think I understand why this part of Italy is called the Italian Riviera. I had a raspberry gelato, then headed to the ocean to swim. While I didn’t go all the way in the water, it was a relaxing way to end the day.
Tomorrow we head to northern Italy, to Milan and ...
... ocean. Our host was amazing and provided freshly cooked meals every morning and even provided a taxi for us whenever we felt like going in and out of town. We stared at the ocean for a bit before heading into town and grabbing some Italian pizza (we surprisingly hadn’t eaten much of it) and beer (Peroni's, of course) at Pizzeria La Smorfia. After a calm night, we tried to get some shut eye before our big ...
... make that effort is tantamount to saying "I really don't give a ****, eat your food and go" which is often the norm. Really... what can you interpret from a culture so "cultured" as to embrace the bidet in every home but neglect to have a toilet seat in the ladies room? Or toilet paper? DIdn't I pay enough for the owner to cover off some single ply? C'mon you clowns.
Clearly they don't care if we ever come back, as there are scads of others to take our place, ...