Rock Slides, Earth Quakes and Floods
Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
13Trip End Oct 01, 2012
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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)
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