Rock Slides, Earth Quakes and Floods

Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Flag of Italy  , Italian Riviera,
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hi All,

To address your concerns about whether the time has moved too quickly, it has not.  We are all homesick for our husbands, beds, tubs, Tim's, and TV's.  Anything but pizza, pasta and pesto. 

Yesterday we took our bus tour to Cinque Terre a world heritage site. We got up early (6am) to make the 8am departure (of course it was late departing). We were not amused as we are an organized bunch.  It was a 2 hour ride there but the scenery was nice - tree farms and marble quarries.  We arrived at Cinque Terre and saw how steep they lived on those hills.  We saw steeped terraced groves of olives and fruit trees. We visited 4 of the 5 villages hidden in costal inlets. The villages dated back to the 12th century.  The first village (Monterossa al Mare) dates back to Roman times and has 200 inhabitants (minus the tourists).  Vernazza is another Roman town which in the middles ages was owned by the Republic of Genoa. Monaorala seems to hang on the side of the cliff.  Riomaggiore was founded by Greek refugees in the 7th century.  Most of the villagers are fishermen and famers.

When we arrived we heard ambulances and saw alpine rescue cruises, the red cross and helicopters all around.  There had been a rock slide on the waterfront trail. An Australian family of four were injured.  Two were air lifted out and two left in ambulances.  This was the very trail we were to be walking on in the next 15 minutes.  If we hadn't had a late start we would have been the ones walking on the trail at that time.  The trail was closed due to the accident.  We had to take the train.  Nothing to see here, since the train goes through the mountain tunnels. 

Later on we arrived at another town only to learn that they had experinced an earthquake 1 hour earlier (no damanges reported).  The next town we arrived in, experienced an hour long torential downpour.  We were having lunch at the time so we kept dry (on the outside anyway since the wine flowed freely).  It was a bit scary since we were perched on the side of a cliff.  When we left the restaurant the sun was shining brightly on the Ligurian Sea.  It was quite a day.

We returnd home tired and hungry at 9:00pm.  It was early to bed for the 4 sorelle.
We miss all of you so very much.
Please take care of yourselves and love to all,
Dianne, Karen, Becky and Laurie

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Bill on

Another very interesting summary of your travels. It's nice to be "missed". However, you will soon get over it! ----so Chinese food is starting to look good as a gourmet meal upon your return!

Continue to enjoy your time together. You have been very fortunate to be enjoying a very unique experience.

Lynne Tomlinson on

Yes, you all look tired and homesick. Maybe the heat has something to do with it. Glad you were late for your tour. You couldn't have had better luck. Not to mention the earthquake. We have been having a coldspell and some have put on furnaces but we are using our gas fireplace. Every time I want to go shopping, Karen, I think of you and remember you are not here. Art will start soon though. Hurry home, safely.

Giovanni on

Grandi immagini! Ah, di essere in riva al mare! Questo viaggio verso la costa sembra essere il migliore! È qui che avrei scelto di rimanere come campo base! Quella immagine panoramica della spiaggia - non ci sarei nuotare!
Voi donne siete alla ricerca molto più in forma di quanto la prima settimana! Rebecca, io non vedo l'ora di lottare con voi! Non farmi del male, per favore! D'altra parte, andare per esso, mi ha fatto male! Godetevi le vostre giornate rimanenti. Sembra che voi donne potrebbero usare un fuoco di carbone per costole bistecca o di ricambio, pannocchia sul grano, e isola di Pelee Gewertztraminer! Dio vi benedica. Givovanni

Karen Smith on

I'm glad you were late and missed a possible disaster. Have loved all your logs of the the travels, your pictures and I can't wait to visit Ontario in Oct. I'm almost moved, Sept 30 is the big day and of course I'm not ready! Calgary has had summer weather so far, hard to believe but true. Hot and dry so far with no end in sight.

Sandra on

Wow- what an experience! SO glad you're safe and sound! I love the pics! Mom- the kids have been full of fun these days and continue to amaze me with how well they are playing together. Noah was a bit sad after school b/c Nate told him that he was getting a little too grown up for Animal Spies- being 10 and all. Noah was near tears. I told them maybe it could remain the same game, but take on a mature name (that doesn't imply stuffed animals). We'll see! The "honkies" live on (and strong), so I'm not sure why we need to start getting all mature now! Enjoy the remaining days... how could anyone tire of pizza? xo

stephanie on

great pictures, and thank god you avoided injury! love the pictures of the blood hounds. :)

miss you lots momsy.

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