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Levanto, Italy

Written on: Friday May 25th, 2012

A journal entry from: Europe 2012

Of course the day we left the gîte the weather turned on us. The first day, while exploring a bit of the coast line west of Nice we endured terrific winds. Fortunately we were able to find a great deal at a hotel with amazing views out over the water. The next day however we drove through Cannes to see how the festival was doing in a ferocious rain storm. No topless starlets in view that day. We set up Cléa's tent and went out for a last crêpe meal with Lise before dropping her off at the Nice airport. Upon returning to the campsite we found Cléa's tent completely drenched so she got to try out the upper bed in the camper. We woke up to more rain and so took the long way down the French coastline through Nice, Monte Carlo and Menton before hitting the autostrada direction Cinque Terre. We woke up to a pretty nice day in Levanto and so were able to take the train up to the first of the 5 villages and begin our hike back. The coast line trail between 3 of the villages was badly damaged in last October's rains and we were forced to hike up far into the hills to get around the closed parts. This had the advantage of getting us away from the crowds and affording some fantastic views. The damage, however, to the villages of Monterosso and Vernazza was massive and it's impressive to see how much of a clean up job the Italians have already done. Of course if you need to find a skilled mason here is the place to do it.

 

From Pat & Anne on May 26th, 2012

Great to hear from you! What a fun way to spend some family time. We look forward to a trip to France and Italy in the future.

From Yukiko on Sep 13th, 2012

Saving faith is in fact an entirely dirffeent way of perceiving reality. And explaining it is like trying to tell someone who's never had a child what it's really like. Experience is the only way to get it . Thanks for the link to Allen's great blog.