Highlights of our Stay in Vernazza
1. Sunset dinner at El Torre - food was yummy, company most enjoyable
2. Boat ride to Montarossa
Thursdays the market comes to Montarossa. Sure, we could have done the 2-hour mostly vertical hike, but why walk when you can ride in style over the waves? We rented a "boston whaler-type" boat for the day and set off for the next town. The market was great - we helped support the local economy and dodged the traffic (Montorossa is the only one of the five towns that allows cars in the town proper.)
3. Anchoring at the waterfall
By the time we finished shopping, the wind was picking up to something just a bit more serious than a light chop. On the way back towards Vernazza, we took it slow and hugged the coast, allowing Fred's sharp eye to catch the notch that protected a natural waterfall. He expertly manuvered the boat into this notch and anchored close enough for us to hop off without even getting our feet wet. This looked like a lovely place to spend the day but the weather forced us to abandon that idea. I was still on my first glass sof wine and barely past the front page of the International Herald when Fred said "time to go." He had been keeping a close eye on the sky and at the first flash of lightening had already started packing things in. The chop was no longer light and we were nearly to the harbor when the first fat drops started to fall. The sea was whipping itself into a frenzy and there was lots of dramatic lightening and thunder as we made our way up to the room but the heavy rains held off until we were back inside.
It is maroon with red, yellow and green stripes and it is obviously loved. The boy paddles to the quay where he picks up a beautiful girl with hair that matches the maroon of the boat. They ride off into the sunset. When they return, over an hour later, I am still there and I still have not picked up my book. The boy drops the girl back off at the quay and returns it to its buoy. Fred has my camera and is shooting like a madman. He is in love with the boat. Later while returning to the room we stop in at the grocery store to buy some water and the boy and girl are there and we tell him he has a lovely barca. His response is a shy, slightly uneasy smile - perhaps he thinks we are stalking him and his boat. Later Fred remembers that this is the same boy who served us cappucino at the Pensione Sosterro.
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