Day 15 & 16 - Cinque Terre
12.08.2012 34 °C
Day 15 – 30th Monday
We were late up this morning so decided to take a rain check on our plan to Manorola (another of the five towns) because it was already too hot when we were ready. We decided to chill for a day. Dad and mum went into Levanto, the town we’re staying in, at about midday. They wanted to post the prints we bought in Vernazza back home - there’s no room in the car at all. They promised to bring back focaccia for lunch, but at two thirty Tom and I were wondering where our delivery was. There was a palaver at the post office and queues everywhere, but when they got back we enjoyed a light lunch. After, we played Perudo (a dice/betting game), hearts and bridge for a few hours.
I’ve used up all the string I bought the other day for my bracelets, and mum found some more in an art shop today. I’m trying out beads and different colours and I think I’m getting the hang of it.
After a relaxed afternoon of reading and games, Tom and dad had a game of tennis while mum and I made our way to the campsite bar to watch the Olympics.
Day 16 – 31st Tuesday
We went to Manorola today as planned, to find a restaurant mum had found on TripAdvisor.
We didn’t see that much of Manorola because we went straight for lunch, but the tiny quay and narrow streets were beautiful. Taverna Del Billy, located about 350 steps above sea level (!) was great. The view was amazing. Being so close to the sea it was mainly a fish restaurant, but being the heathens we are, Tom and I had pasta followed by steak. Tom said it was the best meal he’d ever had, and I loved mine too. Mum and dad went for the seafood and thought it equally as scrumptious. Great desserts too.
Back in Levanto, Tom and dad went to play tennis while mum and I went to the beach. It was a little rocky, and I would swear that the sea on the private part of the beach was bluer and calmer that the public stretch. Mum went for a swim while I sat in a beach-side bar, reading. I went back to the art shop and stockpiled the waxed string I need to do my macramé bracelets – I’ve worked out how to do an adjustable clasp now and mum, dad and Tom are going to pay me to make some for them. I’ve got loads of string and I actually quite enjoy it.
A slice of pizza each from the bakers, then back to the bar by the tent to watch the Olympics. Great day.