Beautiful Vernazza

Published Date Author: , May 23rd, 2013

Our dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on the go again, this time in Italy. She has graciously allowed us to republish her travel blogs. Enjoy!

Vernazza, Italy - Dolly GoolsbyWe came up to Vernazza on the Cinque Terre yesterday. I love Vernazza, in spite of all the steps we have to climb to get anywhere. Our rooms are up a little stone street and stairs, but we have a roof top terrace that gives us a 360 degree view of Vernazza, and we can see all the way to Monterosso. As our landlord told us, being up here but near the sea, is very good for getting rid of allergies, increasing our lung power and keeping us slim by climbing all the stairs. I trust his judgment.

We were afraid we were going to get rain, but so far, we are fortunate. Kiri, Patrick and I stayed in town today, while the other 4 went for hikes. We will meet up again for Happy Hour at 5:00 on our roof top terrace. Our apartment is right on the trail from Vernazza to Corniglia.

This morning we walked along the road above town as far as we could go, and viewed some of the damage from the flood of October, 2011, but these resourceful people are still restoring and cleaning up, rebuilding streets, bridges and homes.

While it is still sad to see how much damage was done in that flood, it is encouraging to see the people still moving forward, and much like seeing the trees still producing lemons, the vineyards still producing grapes, the lilies and wildflowers blooming, to know that life goes on.

After we returned to town, we climbed up the hill to the tower that has a restaurant to check out whether we wanted to go there for dinner. While the view is wonderful, I knew that I really like to have wine with dinner, and no way was that going to be an easy trip down after having a couple glasses of wine. I told Patrick he would have to ask for Grandma’s wine to be put into a to-go cup, and she could drink it in the safety of her room, after dinner.

The people are very friendly. We see some stores open that are only half the size they were when we visited 2 years ago, but the people are resilient, and just keep moving forward.

Tomorrow I will send some pictures of our Happy Hour. I love being up on the terrace at 5:00 p.m., as the church bells ring, the the carillon play the Italian national anthem. I simply must stand at attention and salute the Italian flag. After all, Italy is my second home.

So, ciao for now, and we will talk again tomorrow.

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