Well, it's another gorgeous day here! I am starting it a bit late due to a very late night out having fun, but I'll get to that later. First, I want to share a few images from my evening in Manarola when I went to do a photo shoot on Friday. Amy, Marco and I drove over and walked down into the harbor to meet Amy's friend, Francesca and her kids. We did some photos near the water and in a playground and of course, got a shot of the kids with the picturesque Manarola in the background. If you google Cinque Terre, this view is a shot that pops up a lot.
On our way back up the parking lot (You will not see many cars come down the streets of Riomaggiore or Manarola), the kids wanted to stop in the church where there was a fundraiser. This fundraiser was in honor of a Saint, whose name I'm totally blanking on right now. The way it worked was that you give (I think ) 2 euro per person. They then pick a number out of a jar and it corresponds to a product. The kids loved it and ended up with a few extra things as well. :)
Amy pulled over on the way back to Riomaggiore so I could grab this shot. I LOVE when the sun does this on the ocean. There's something so beautiful and magical about it. Don't you think?
I spent the rest of my evening cooking dinner, going through photos and just relaxing in my apartment. For those who read my posts leading up to this trip, you know that I was concerned about my anxiety and that when I was alone, it would come. That is not the case at all. I'm loving my time to sit in the evenings, enjoy a nice meal, listen to the kids playing and people walking by outside and just BEING. I've really had time to reflect and think about things and I will post about it at a later time.
Jet lag strikes again. I tired to go to bed early knowing I had a long day yesterday, but I realized at 11, that it was not happening. I go up and logged into wifi to chat with some people back home and then read a bit before finally going to sleep just after 12:30 only to wake at 6:15. My body does NOT want to sleep here. :) I decided to go out and work out. Being up and out that early is actually awesome because the village is so quiet and peaceful. It's before the tourists are flooding the main street. Local businesses are just opening and you may see a few people here and there, but you have the place almost to yourself. I walked a bunch of stars and took detours to do more stairs (it's nice to be so familiar with the town) to get to a spot overlooking the ocean. There is a perfect place there that I knew I could do box jumps. And during every 10 second rest time, I could turn around and look down on the water, the mountains and the coast, MUCH better than any view I have doing this at home. I then found another spot after more stairs to do pushups, again overlooking the water. I sat in the harbor for a bit, listening to the waves crash and enjoying the views and quiet without people around and then made my way back up many, many stairs to head back to my apartment. Great start to the day!
I went to get coffee and upload some photos to this blog and then got ready to meet Amy and some of her other expat friends (and one native of here) who all speak English (YAY) to go to a market in Levanto. I've never been there but found it to be a nice city to walk around. We took the train, about a 20 minute ride to this town just up the coast. The market was along the water, where there were beachgoers and surfers. Apparently, Levanto is the place to go for surfing, though, it's certainly not like surfing at home. It's a lot calmer. :) The market consisted of many different items and I was certainly tempted to buy some really nice leather purses and jackets, but I ended up just looking. We then enjoyed lunch and conversation outdoors followed by letting the kids play at the park. It was a perfect way to spend the afternoon, getting to hang out with Amy outside of her working and getting to know new friends.
Those villas in the background belong to prominent people. I think you can tell that from the size of them. Not a bad place to live. :)
When we got back, I spent some time with Amy and Marco at one of her apartments using the wifi to upload more photos and then ran home to shower. It was girls night with the same women from the market plus more expats. We met at a bar close to my place, owned by one of the girl's husbands. We had a delicious dinner at La Lampara, a restaurant at the bottom of the village. I had a delicious sea bass and mixed grilled veggies. Again, I never would have eaten a fish like this years ago. :) It was a great night of chatting, drinks, dinner and laughs that, for me, went until almost 3am. It was a lot of fun with great people. So, this morning was rough to wake at 9, but I lazed a bit on the couch and then made my way to grab some things at the store and read with a coffee.
I will now be heading on a hike (pics from that another day) followed by finishing upload pics to this blog so I can post it and then most likely, a NAP! I hope you all enjoy your Sunday! I know I will!
I am a portrait, event, and travel photographer based in Charlestown, MA. I was at the 2013 Boston Marathon and here to share my experience with PTSD since that day.