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... that has him evicted from the drivers seat. He is reluctant, but lets me take the wheel. He is a nervous passenger at the best of times, but definitely doesn't relax for the drive.
He does think it is worth it though when we get to the first toll booth and Meg snaps a pic of me trying to get the ticket. Yep, car is out of gear, handbrake is on, seatbelt is off, door and window are open and my long arms and fingers are stretched to the limit. I get the ticket ...
... luggage case each. Poor Matt had to cope with all the steps at the front of the station though – up them three times with a heavy suitcase each time.
We found a direct train to Pisa San Rossore leaving in about and hour and began the painful process of using the lift to get down to the between-platform subway and then back up again.
... I can't help but jump in for a dip. I look like a fool hobbling over the slippery pebbles to try get out deep. It is, again, a super hot day.
In Manarola we have another quick look around. Here there are big rocks you can jump off into the ocean to prevent the horrific pebble-trodding embarrassment.
... we get there in the end.
Coffee etiquette is slowly being absorbed...if we want more than an expresso we need to order an Americano au lait...and only peasants drink cappuccino after midday!! It's certainly a different world but one we're having fun exploring and experiencing :)
Photos will follow tomorrow hopefully when the Wi-Fi connection is a bit stronger...stay tuned!
... to accumulate more sweat as Tony showed us to our apartment down a narrow alley with multiple steps. Tony was great on the directions but no help with the bags. We got settled and went for a late swim on a rocky beach. I played catch with Ben, the girls dug for the perfect rock and we had a good time hanging out.
The heat has been brutal in Italy even for Italy in the summer time and the Cinque Terre is not even cool. We had a ...