21.10.2011 12 °C
It isn't getting any warmer, but at least the rain has gone. Thursday night was very stormy with more wind, rain and lightning than I saw this August in New York's big hurricane Irene. There isn't much happening in Riomaggiore after dark, so we battened down the hatches and watched some movies. Next time you are in a country where you don't understand the language, I recommend Sylvester Stallone movies, you can turn off the volume and not miss a thing!
Yesterday morning started a little bit cloudy, so we grabbed our laundry and went into town. It was a pretty uneventful morning, but needed to be done. By 12:30 we were smelling fresh and in need of some lunch so we headed right down to the water where the fishing boats come in. We had met a couple that had said they found the most amazing lobster spaghetti and Natalie was determined to find it. You can scroll down and see the picture of her feast, the seafood here is local and delicious in its simplicity. I had the bronzino (a european sea bass) cooked in a paper bag with potatoes, tomatoes, olives, zucchini and fresh herbs, it was pretty perfect. Cinque Terre makes a lot of varieties of wine and, unfortunately, we didn't have a lot of luck with them yesterday. It tends to be a little sweet and a little young, but Wednesday we found a few that were great, especially one called Lunae that makes a few kinds of red, all good.
After lunch we got on the train and headed four towns down the coast to Monterosso for a wine tasting. I won't go into too many details as I am thinking they just serve the tourists the not-so-good-stuff and save the best juice for themselves. The wine tasting was a bust and as the sun was going down we jumped back on the train and headed for our apartment before it got too cold.
Last night we got the good news that my visa has arrived at our friends house in Barcelona, so it is time to start heading back to pick that up, drop off the car and head on to Nepal. We drove about 500kms today back into the Provence region to a town called Ciotat. We are here for no other real reason that we can spend the weekend relaxing, guarantee some amazing wine and we are half way to Barcelona. Tomorrow will hopefully include a wine farm and Sunday will probably start with finding a bar to watch the World Cup of Rugby finals that have France in a tough game against New Zealand. Have a great weekend, I think we will...