Arriving in this [pictureque town in Italy was amazing. From the time we woke up, there was a sense of relaxation in the air, not that we were not relaxed, but the truth be told we had walked far more than we had planned and were determined not to walk too much this time around. The town was quite small with less than 1000 inhabitants scattered all around 2000 sq/km's. Debbie and I were always the first ones off the yacht, our enthusiasm to see new things was evident as the seasoned travellers slept late. Our first stop had to be an ice-cream shop. My cousin Shahaada advised me about the quality of ice-cream and there we wer at 9am in the morning eating ice-cream, the very thing we tell our kids not to do.
|Landing on the shore of Portofino|
|The town square|
Later the afternoon we took a walk to the lighthouse which was about 30 minutes through the old village. It was filled with history and I wondered how people got their groceries to heir homes as there were no roads. There was a castle dating back to 1300AD and a church to the same age. The area in effect was at a cul-de-sac along the coast and definitely one of the highlights of the trip for me.
On the walk to the lighthouse Debs noticed the beautiful houses and amazing bricks only to discover thaqt they were actually painted if you took a close look. It takes these guys up to a month ot paint a house.
The view below out of our porthole shows how low down we were on the yacht. The level of the water was just below our window.
|The lighthouse which also had a galeteria (ice cream shop) with undoubtedly the best views ever.|
|An artist in the 80's hung this rhino in a park and a few more strange pieces of art has followed since|