The Photo

 I’ve been writing this blog for a few months, yet no one’s asked about the photograph on my masthead. Did any of you notice it?  

I took the photo a few months ago when Mr F and I were in the Cinque Terre region of Italy, and hiked the medieval footpath that links the five villages. The climb is strenuous in parts, with many stairs – and definitely not accessible in flip-flops – but as it winds along the coast through the vineyards, and olive orchards that grow on the steep slopes, there are spectacular views at every bend …

 the un-cropped photo

along the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre

village of Cornelia, from the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre

 

The Cinque Terre, a remote part of the Italian Riviera, was first described as the five lands in medieval times when the tiny communities were built on the rocky slopes next to the protective shadows of castles.

Even though a train now connects the villages, the region is still cut off from the world. The road from the autostrada to Vernazza is barely as wide as a small car, but traffic – including buses – comes from both directions.  I have never before driven on such a scary, scenic, narrow road. 

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a view of the village of Vernazza

Vernazza from the Castle Tower

Vernazza from the top of the Castello Doria

 

Via Roma, Vernazza’s main street. 

Via Roma, Vernazza

along the Via Roma, in Vernazza

 

Besides olives and grapes, prickly pears and basil grow on the hilly slopes.              (By the way, this region is the birthplace of Pesto and Focaccia.)

Prickly Pears

Prickly Pears next to the path

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4 Responses to The Photo

  1. jess says:

    breathtaking!
    Note to self – save money for a family trip to Italy (maybe we’ll have enough by 2020 – at least Scout would be old enough to appreciate it!)
    Absolutely lovely photos.
    jess

  2. Boris says:

    A word of caution: Rick Steves was there, has “done” it and broadcast it in his travel media, so expect a full-blown tourist welcome in season.

  3. Bitchy Bitch says:

    I really like your blog.
    Especially the museum bits 🙂

    I did wonder about the picture on your masthead,
    it looks amazing.

    Lisa

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