After only three and a half hours of sleep, I was downstairs for coffee and breakfast at 6:30. They changed our room to one with a stand-up shower, and we also ended up with a large terrace. I journaled and read watching the early morning clouds disappear, and turn into a beautiful sunny day.
At 8:30, we wandered down to the market day mob by the harbor. i bought some dressy black sandals for 6 Euro, we had a coke, and then met Fiona and Steve at the ferry to Portovenere.
The ride over was beautiful, both leaving Lerici's big harbor, and arriving close enough for our first view of Portovenere's colorful houses and church of San Pietro on top of the hill.
We walked up the main shopping street, stopping to taste foccacia and pesto, and walked to the church where wedding bells were pealing through town.
We stopped for lunch at Trattoria Medusa, where we couldn't decide which seafood pasta to try. Finally, Brad and I chose two to share: Ravioli with scampi, and spaghetti with muscles.
It was very hot and humid, and we were drenched and thirsty all day. We wandered through town and I bought some herbed-sea salt and some lemon amaretti cookies.
We saw another wedding party, gathered with guests to walk up to the church. The bride was lovely in a last minute moment with her dad.
We returned to Lerici on the 3:00 ferry, and had a shower and a nap. We met Fiona and Steve for drinks at 7:30, then had dinner at a tiny trattoria on Via Cavour.
Brad ordered a local specialty, farinata, a chick pea dough, resembling pizza. It is served plain, or with toppings like onions or cheese.
I had a pizza, and our service was very slow. We arrived at 9, and didn't get our check until 11:40. Brad and I stopped for a coffee and grappa at our hotel before bed.
Here are Fiona and I entertaining ourselves with the camera while waiting 40 minutes for "il conto".