10.30.2011

Monterosso...and in a moments notice, it's gone.

I'm writing this with a lump in my throat. The news is just heartbreaking. Severe flash flooding has completely wiped out the beautiful villages of Vernazza and Monterosso in Cinque Terre. According to the mayor of Monterosso, ..."Monterosso no longer exists."

Cinque Terre is considered the Italian Hidden Riviera by some and with reason. It's absolutely breathtaking. We had the privelege of visiting the area this July, just five weeks shy of our departure from Italy. I am so glad we made it. We were there for just a quick day trip but were able to squeeze in three of the five villages...Vernazza, Monterosso and Riomaggiore. Of course, we vowed to come back one day with more time and with or without the brat pack. I know that we will. One thing I learned about Italy is that Italians are resilient and resourceful. There's no amount of ash, water, debris or mud that will stiffle their desire to make things Molto Bella.

The day started off a little hazy but by the time we made it to the Riomaggiore there was nothing but sweet light.  I snapped shots unil I couldn't snap anymore. I "disappeared" for about thirty minutes and MM called out a "search party". It was amazing and will share some of those candid shots later.

But first, I wanted to start you off with these of Monterosso.











For more about the aftermath you can read about it here. The government is awarding over 60 million Euros (about $90 million) for the clean-up effort but you can also donate to the Italian Red Cross if you're wanting to help.

10.26.2011

saying goodbye

Military man is traveling every week. I try to plan different ways of saying goodbye before he flies off to training. This last time we shared a meal at a local italian restaurant and I joined him in an espresso. The company was great but the meal and the espresso far from good. It's hard to find anything close to the real thing. Italy spoiled me us in so many ways.

So, how do you say goodbye to your sweetheart? Can you give a girl a few ideas?



10.11.2011

it's good to be home

Trying to get back in the swing of things and getting settled in our new place. It's actually a bit of a dream come true. We're living in a swanky part of town. I love to be close to great little mom and pop diners and the life downtown.

The Intracoastal Waterway is our view and you can spot the tower at Mar-A-Lago peeking out of the palm trees. We still have boxes to empty amidst the Halloween decorations but there's always time to take advantage of the Green Market and the fountain downtown.

....and YES, having family and friends so close by is a BIG plus. We are beaming and happy.

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