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Spring 2000 - England and Italy

Italy Photos 2

TrebianoJune 10 - 17: We stayed in a house in Trebiano, a hill town in southern Liguria. The village is small, about 140 inhabitants, with only one small store and a very nice restaurant. No coffee bar, which means there is no real place to hang out and watch village life. However, it was only 10 minutes by car from Lerici, a wonderful seaside town, full of people and caffes and restaurants and stores.

Casa ClavieOur house was in the village, down a narrow street. Steve is opening up the front door. There are no cars in the village (the lanes are too narrow); you have to park on the road outside the village. The house was nice, with a great patio and views of the Magra valley and the Carrara mountains. These views also include the A12 autostrada, which you could hear in the distance (like when we lived in Seattle with the always present roar of I-90, but this was only for a week). The kitchen was difficult to use, but we managed to cook many meals.
Lemons, etc.The Liguria area is more lush and tropical than where we were before. Here are some things we bought in a small village on the coast: lemons from the village (it is full of lemon trees), fresh garlic (not dried - mild and easy to peel), zucchini with their flowers attached).
Eco del MareWe had several good hot days. This is the beach where we went swimming a couple of times. It is on the coast, just south of Lerici, in a town called Fiascherino. D. H. Lawrence lived here and loved it, but as we from New Mexico know, he lived many places for short periods of time. He lived near Taos for a year and they have a shrine with his ashes (brought over from where he died in France). Apparently he lived in Fiascherino for an even shorter time, but while he was there said that there was no other place that he would rather be.

Along this coastal area, there are public beaches and private beaches. The public beaches are crowded, difficult to get to, and free. The private beaches are elegant, not crowded, have elevators to take you from the road to the beach, and are very expensive. We chose the private beach to avoid the long climb and changing into our bathing suits in the car. But, we could not believe how much it cost for the private beach. For two people, beach loungers, umbrella, changing area where you can leave your clothes, parking - 90,000 lire (about $45)! To hell with the kid's college education, we are going swimming!

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