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Lerici

Lerici

The beach in Lerici, deserted in February.


Lerici

Lerici

Looking back at the castle in Lerici, which is built around a bay—the Gulf of Poets.


Lerici

Lerici

Oranges were growing alongside the streets of Lerici.


Lerici

Lerici

Picking produce at one of the many produce shops in Lerici. There were more shops selling produce than selling trinkets.


Lerici

Lerici

More produce, which I saw many people carrying home in bags. They really appreciate vegetables in Italy.


Lerici church

Lerici church

Pretty little church in Lerici.


Lerici cat

Lerici cat

This kitty was stretching on a bench. I saw lots of cats in Italy.


Lerici

Lerici

The square in Lerici, which our hotel, Hotel Doria, overlooked from above.


Lerici

Lerici

Italy, in stucco


Lerici

Lerici

The waters in the Mediterranean were so clear, you could see the bottom. Lovely!


San Terenzo

San Terenzo

At the other side of the cove was the village of San Terenzo. Further down was La Spezia. In the other direction was Tellaro, home of the octopus who saved the town from pirates by ringing the bell.


Lerici

Lerici

Just an example of the wash hanging out. Italy apparently doesn't use clothes dryers.


Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

A street in Riomaggiore, the nearest town of the Cinque Terre.


Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

One of many cats I saw in Riomaggiore.


Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Another Riomaggiore cat.


Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

And one more Riomaggiore cat, this one near the small harbor. I guess the sign means "no humans allowed", not "no cats allowed".


Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

The harbor at Riomaggiore was very small, but dramatic.


Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

The sheltered harbor at Riomaggiore.


Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

The "high rises" of Riomaggiore.


Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

A lemon tree in Riomaggiore.


Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

From the path leading to Manarola.


Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

From the trail between Riomaggiore and Manarola, a lone tree stands out against the Mediterranean Sea.


Manarola

Manarola

A street in Manarola, with boats parked up and down.


Manarola

Manarola

My pesto pasta with green beans and potatoes at Marina Piccola.


Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

The terraces where grapes grow on the mountainsides of the Cinque Terre.


Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

A sad square in Corniglia. On the other side of the church someone had sprayed graffiti.


Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

In Vernazza, the church of Santa Margherita di Antiochia, which was holding a funeral when I was there. This is perhaps the most picturesque of the Cinque Terre villages.


Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

The rocky harbor in Vernazza reminded me of the Dorset coast.


Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

A typical scene in Italy: wash hanging out a window, this time in Vernazza, the fourth town in Cinque Terre.


Hotel Doria breakfast

Hotel Doria breakfast

Sadly, I didn't discover this fresh squeezed blood orange juice was available until my last morning at the Hotel Doria. But I quickly became addicted.


Lerici

Lerici

Looking out from the terrace of our hotel, Hotel Doria.


Lerici

Lerici

On Saturday, the market was in full swing.


Lerici

Lerici

Lerici's attack force, primed for battle.


Pisa

Pisa

The famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, seen in perspective. I refused to join the tourists who mimed pushing over the tower, or alternately holding it up, with their hands outstretched.