I’ve just returned from a staggering three-week trip to Croatia (part of my education in taking long holidays, European-style), another dream come true. But I can’t move on to my next travel series without sharing this last piece of Cinque Terre with you.
On my last morning, right before I had to catch my train to Pisa and flight to Amsterdam, I hopped on a ferry to Monterosso al Mare, the one town among the five terre with the most accessible and swimmable beach.
Arriving in Monterosso, the first thing that caught my eye were the rows upon rows of brightly colored beach umbrellas. Well, make that the *only* thing that caught my eye, because I just couldn’t take my eyes off them!
I took tons of photos. To me, these images are just brimming over with summer, happiness, and good memories. Just looking at them now, over two months later, makes me smile—and I think they always will.
It was a mad dash made enjoyable thanks to the company of a few new friends—Lisa, Nikki and Christina from the Dreamathon workshop. We spent the little time we had in Monterosso swimming in the sparkling Mediterranean, sifting through the pebbles on the beach, and talking ideas, creativity, dreams and action.
Mark my words, this will be and Marlon someday. I hope we’ll still be able to visit places like Monterosso together when we’re old and gray.
If you’re coming into Monterosso al Mare from any of the other towns in the Cinque Terre, I highly recommend the ferry for a short but memorable and highly photogenic trip.
And of course a gelato (or three) while strolling along the main promenade never hurts too!