HAPPY EASTER. HAPPY PASSOVER. HAPPY SPRING
“A picture is worth a thousand words.“
I recently visited my friend Karen, who rents an adorable apartment above the town of Camogli on the Italian coast south of Genoa. She was my guide for five days as we explored this bellissima region. Following are photos which say it all.
Karen at her favorite spot in San Rocco, about a half-hour walk from her apartment. Right, Camogli.
Manarola, above, is one of the five Cinque Terre villages perched and nestled along Italy’s rocky Ligurian coast. They are a magnet for tourists, especially Americans after travel writer Rick Steves touted their merits. Many years ago husband Bob and I hiked the trail between the villages. It was magnificent – not packed with the masses. At this writing, parts of the trail are closed for repairs. Karen and I visited four villages by train.
Manarola, one of the Cinque Terre villages
Lots of tourists, mainly Americans, visited Vernazza, the most popular village, in March, well before the tourist season.
We followed the recommendation of a German tourist and hiked to the Portofino lighthouse. Right, another view of Portofino
Only in Italy: My hotel room window had a clothes line outside (left) — very practical. Clothes hanging out to dry decorate many buildings in Italy.
Albergo La Camogliese, a centrally located hotel in Camogli, is affordable with friendly, helpful staff. You even get a clothes line outside your window. http://www.lacamogliese.it
My other writing projects, Immigrants on the Italian border and Alzheimer- caregivers and victims, are on the burner.
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