Saturday, March 9, 2013

Weekend Reflections in Cinque Terre

I'm still waiting for my intrepid photographer's photos of our recent voyage, so I have only my own few pictures.
It's impossible to avoid looking for reflections, thanks to James of the popular meme Weekend Reflections, so here are two from northwestern Italy's rocky coast and scenic towns known as Cinque Terre (pronounced cheen-kway tare-ray).
It's a beautiful area to visit. We used the local train from our temporary base in La Spezia, and were able to see all five towns, plus one or two others.

A placid inner harbor for fishing boats provides more chances for reflection photos than the open sea beyond the breakwater. (Kay Davies photo)
This opening in the rock that supports the houses actually leads to a beach on the other side. Of course my husband had to go through there, hunched over, to investigate. I stayed behind, and caught the reflection of the sun on a pool of water left by high tide. (Kay Davies photo)


Penelope Puddlisms said...

Kay, these are such awesome photos of places that truly do seem magical. The hint of reflection on the water is a delightful capture as is the sunspot. . And I probably would have crunched up and crawled through the opening, too, to see what was on the other side. Not sure if I would be able to get up again though. :)

tapirgal said...

I visited the Amalfi Coast one time. Love these views of such interesting adaptations to the hillside.

Jim said...

Terrific shots.

Mara said...

Italy is such a picturesque country. Even the 'uglier' bits are pretty compared to other countries!

'Tsuki said...

Ah la riviera, c'est magnifique ! Bien vu, le rappel de la prononciation ;)... You must have had so much fun during this trip...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Magic place indeed. I'd have to investigate what was behind that arch...and I'd probably get stuck ;>)

Jim said...

Kay, I lived your pages here and the rest of your latest trip travel posts. They were soooo good. You had gobs of fun. We have been to every place you posted so it was really good reading for me.

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I wrote a book here, it is way too much for a comment. But I did feel like telling you of our travels since it seems we have similar interests.
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Our latest Italy was Sicily two weeks, the Amalfi coast one wee, for three weeks with Grand Circle. Then we rented a car at Milan and meandered up to Provence, France for a week, staying mostly in St. Remy.

Then back to Italy in the Tuscany area for a week. On the way down we stayed at a La Spezia hotel and did the Cinque Terre. We stayed five nights at a chateau(??) south of Florence a bit off the A road.

Our Barcelona was a part of a three week stay in Spain and France. From Barcelona we rented a car and drove up to a stay east of Carcasone, France. Going back to Barcelona we spent a night and a day in Andorra. Then three nights in Barcelona on the Las Ramblas.

After that we flew to Paris and stayed to review. We had done in Paris many times so there wasn't much new for us to do. But our son Tim was with us for this one and he had never been to Paris. Not Europe either. We for some reason had not been to the Musée d'Orsay so we went there and took Tim. Tim never did make it to the Louve. He did meet a nice young lady who later was to visit him and us in the U.S. We had a nice day with her, going to a Texas County Fair and rodeo.

After Paris we rented a car and after lingering a couple of nights in La Harve, France, drove up to Bruges, Belgium, meandering on the way again. We spent three nights there. Then back to Paris again for a few more days of fun. (We did make it to Paris again April, 2012 with our daughter, SIL, and granddaughters this time.)

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[Here is where I figured this out]

I do not mean for you to post this (you could) but rather just like an e-mail or chat with you about our travels. Your write ups got me excited.

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We may go back to London (our daughter and family live there, she has a job that moved her there for three years with more now in negotiation. We visit her a couple of times a year and she has been home twice a year. When we are in Europe we spend a week or so with them and then travel a week or two and then come back for a week or so. The grandkids are girls, three and fifteen now.

Another couple of travels (they were all okay) was when we took two other granddaughters to Europe when they were sixteen. It included London, Paris, and driving to various other countries. With Megan we did get to Gibraltar and all along Southern Spain to Granada.

The 'purpose' of these two Spain trips were to end at Albecete, Spain (southeast of Madrid, between Granada and Madrid) for mission visit with a Baptist church in Albecete.

The first time we conducted an American Football camp and an American Baseball camp, followed by a vacation Bible school and some help with a neighborhood door-to-door survey questionaire distribution.

Those girls were Tim's daughters. We are now trying to decide whether or not to take the London granddaughter someplace She will be sixteen in May. She has been all over the Mediterranean and Europe except the Baltics. We are thinking Alaska.

Jim said...

Wonderful travel posts through here, Kay. You had soooo much fun doing it all. They meant a lot for me reading them as "we've been there'."