14.05.2011 - 14.05.2011 28 °C
We tried our best to sleep in this morning. We walked down to the village and had our morning cappuccino and pastry outside on a patio. We took our towels and swimsuits and headed to the train station, aiming for Montorosso. This town, I’d say, is the most touristy of them all. It has extensive rocky beaches and a boardwalk to compliment it. Most of the beaches are pay beaches, they import sand and set up chairs. One chair, 10 euros. We weren’t down with paying that much for a few hours of sun, so in the weak 1100 rays we set down our things as far from everyone as possible on a public beach. By 1200 we were two of many sunbathers on the small pebble beach. It was actually much more enjoyable than it sounds, sandy beaches get sand everywhere and these pebbles were very small. They didn’t really stick to you and they also didn’t hurt to lie on.
We flipped our bodies like pancakes after half an hour in the extremely hot sun. After laying there an hour we dipped our burning behinds in the frigid Ligurian Sea. You could have probably seen steam rise. We spend a few minutes in the very clear light blue water with the little fish pooling around our legs. We gave ourselves 15 minutes on each side to dry off. At 1230 we left, but we could feel the burn already.
We bought a few postcards and got some stamps. (1.60 euro each!!!!) (They cost .80 euro in the last 3 countries we’ve been to. WTF Italy!) Our train was due to arrive at 1325, so we grabbed two bowls of gelato to curb our hunger.
When we got back to Riomaggiore we hiked up to our room. The stairs here are each, without exaggerating, at least 9 inches tall. I put my foot vertically on one of the stairs and the step was taller than it, by at least an inch. We grabbed all our laundry and some laundry soap. We did the laundry down in the village, where thankfully the dryer worked. We had some focaccia for lunch and I bought some limonccino to put in the fridge at our b&b in Rome. We walked back up to our room and took showers to wash off the salt that had dried white on our skin. We chilled out in our room for a few hours before I got bored.
I took a wander down to the marina and watched boys jump off rocks into the ocean and the men pull their boats from the water. I walked back up the slow way grabbing a bottle of coca cola along the way. We cracked open the bottle and enjoyed it on our shaded patio with a warm summer’s breeze.
At 1945 Shane and I left with our bottle of local white wine that had been chilling in the back of the toilet, for the bench at the top of the hill. Shane commandeered the bench and I walked down for some pizza. I bought a 5-person margarita for 10.50 euros and walked it back up. We ate the pizza and drank our wine while the sun set on the ocean before us. After we felt it was adequately dark we left our post and walked to a very rocky beach. We watched the moon rise and saw our first fire-flies. We were both captured by their blinking bums. I tried to catch one, forgetting that they were bugs and when I felt it in my hands I freaked out, because I am actually very scared of anything that flies or crawls. That same bug sat on Shane’s pants for a while blinking slowly. After some gelato our wonderful night was over.