Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Rainy Day on the Coast

The plan was a boat ride along the Cinque Terre with stops along the way. The weather was cool, windy and rainy.  It was decided the sea was too rough for sightseeing on a boat. Our inventive tour manager and a local tour guide planned a day on the coast for us with the motor coach traveling through the mountains. We were disappointed that the boat was cancelled,  however, we had a wonderful day despite the weather.

Porto Venere
Quaint, isolated and beautiful even in this weather!
I loved the narrow streets with shops and residences along the way.

I bought a jar of pesto in this shop.

Steep stairways everywhere.

At the end of the street is the Church of St. Peter.
It was pouring rain and VERY windy so we opted not to walk over.
We were protected somewhat from the blowing wind and rain between the buildings in the narrow walkway.

Beautiful even on a  rainy day.
We were fortunate to be here just before the tourist season.
Sometimes it is a good thing to avoid the crowds.

The coast is mountainous with wonderful views.

Marble stairs, tile and old wood.

Just look at the finish on this old wooden door.

All along the street were interesting old doors with whimsical knockers.

I would love to stay here.

This street makes my heart sing!

The shopkeepers take pride in their shops.
The customer service is incredible.

A closer look at the Church of St. Peter

                                                              Porto Venere - Postcard Perfect

More Vineyards

In the afternoon we stopped at another coastal town.
I don't remember the name.

Cars are not allowed (except taxis), so we had to walk from the bus parking lot down a long hill into the town. The weather had improved somewhat so the walk wasn't too difficult. (I did take a taxi back up the hill to the bus.)

We had a wonderful lunch in the green building.
I will do a food post later.

Fun day in this unique part of Italy.

Next San Gimignano.


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