Liguria is a place of mixed emotions and experiences. The weather was awful at times (only when on holiday), the scenery spectacular, the services was confusing at times, the food was the best in Italy and the hospitality was out of this world.
We had a late start to the day due to the rain in the morning. We went to the harbor for a boat ride to the villages of Cinque Terre. Due to the weather the boat was not going to stop at the individual villages, but only at Portovenere and at Monterosso al Mare, the last and largest of the five villages. At Portovenere, where we had to change boats, it was chaotic, and announcements were only in Italian, which left many tourist from different nationalities stranded and upset because no one seems to know which boat was to depart next and in which direction. The constant rain only stopped once we got to Montorosso al Mare, but it would intermittently rain the rest of the day. In the hope to get some pictures of the villages from the boat I went to the back of the boat while Monica and Lamar stayed indoors and 300 Italians sang several folk songs to make the choppy journey more enjoyable and bearable.
Notwithstanding the weather, the trip to Cinque Terre was worth it. The quaint little villages are unique and beautiful. The evening we packed for our trip to Venice the next day and ended off our stay in Liguria with an excellent dinner at the argituristica downstairs.
Manorola clinging to the mountain side.
Corniglia. The only village that is not at the seafront. It sits on top of a hill.
Vernazza is somewhat protected from the violent seas by a rock face on the right.
Monica overlooking the tiny beach at Monterosso al Mare, the only village with a beach.
Monica and Lamar out strolling through the narrow streets of Monterosso al Mare.
The man-made landscape of steep terraces sloping down to almost touching the sea waves. Here they make the famous dry white D.O.C wines.
Manorola. All the house are painted in pastel colors except for the house slightly to the right of the center of the picture. I guess its where the town's rebel and non-conformist stays.