After leaving from Monacco and sailing trough the night, our first meeting with the Italian riviera (this time) was Portofino, at sunrise. It’s hard to describe the charm and beauty of arriving seaside and anchor in the bay while watching the small Italian town waking up, surrounded by colorful houses and fisherman boats coming in. I could just sit there and enjoy for hours.
Portofino is an Italian fishing village known for it´s colorfully painted buildings that line the shore. As you can see from my picture, truly amazing! The best part to me is still not the visual beauty, but the feeling you get from the people and atmosphere. The Italian people are full og passion and liveliness and if you look away from the tourist traps (or wake up really early) you will experience just that. We had the boat full of crazy Americans (really just two of them) so it was extra special to experience this with them.
From Portofino we sailed down to Monterosso, the first town of The land of Cinque Terre. This was after a week with Marc and Ash onboard and our last stop with them was there. Sad to say goodbye, but we’ll see each other soon, guys! We walked the first hike between Monterosso and Vernazza together and than they had to leave. We’ll be missing you, our American Vikings.
Me and André spent a week exploring the land of Cinque Terre, Portovenere, La Spezia and the rest of that region. We were blown away! The charming atmosphere of these tiny towns and the cool hikes is amazing in it self, but staying on a boat and exploring them from the seaside is just incredible.
We anchored/moured right outside with a view of each city, allowing us to take the dingy (our little rib boat) into the town all the time. We went before sunrise to experience the town waking up with old ladies yelling in Italian from the windows, fishermen coming in and the sun slowly climbing up the orange, red, green, yellow, pink and blue walls.
One night a man and a woman sang Italian opera down by the water. Filling the tiny town with incredible voices and tunes from Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli, under a sky full of stars.
That is on the list of the 50 most special travel experiences I’ve had. It was exactly these unique experiences that was part of why we worked to make this adventure happen. Just wow!
So, that was just another little glimpse of our sailing adventure. I hope your summerdays are filled with joy.
With Purpose & Pepper