SATURDAY 22ND DECEMBER 2012.
Train to Vernazza and a walk back to Monterosso.
This morning we awoke to a clear blue sky. In light of it being a sunny day our hosts decided we should execute the plan devised last night.
Vernazza is a village very similar to Monterosso. Towers and terraced hillsides dominate the horizon. The layout of the streets indicated the town just grew with very little attention to planning (it is this lack of planning makes the towns so interesting). One significant difference between Vernazza and Monterosso is that Vernazza has a small secure harbour formed by a substantial rock breakwater. For those with an interest in geology, walking the breakwater is like walking through a geological museum. But before I get into rocks, following are a few images around the village.
I love the dwellings benched into and sitting on top of the cliff, I could easily hang out in one of them for a while. Monterosso can be seen in the distance.
Note the rocks holding the roof down. They were cemented in position to stop them falling down onto unsuspecting pedestrians.
Following are some photographs showing the different types of rocks in the breakwater. I would like to be able to name them but I don’t have the knowledge. Maybe one of the blog readers can help me out.
Following are a few other oddities around the village.
The mystery as to the purpose of these door covers is solved. This one is to protect the door from rotting whilst the owners are away for winter. However the ones in Venice with rubber seals were to keep water out during high water levels.
The walk back to Monterosso was not particularly difficult but it was precarious in places due to landslides during the heavy rains which caused extensive damage to some village houses.
Along the track there were numerous creeks to cross. In times of flood rains many obviously turned into raging torrents. This house was built too close to the creek and during the 2011 floods the foundations were undermined by flood water and half the house was washed away.
The countryside looks fairly barren but there is life between the rocks. Following is a selection of botanical delicacies.
The track today was, for most parts, benched out of the cliff face. At times I guessed we were well over a hundred metres above the sea level. A great walk.
Tonight I’m thinking that tomorrow I might stay indoors or close to Monterosso so I can do some writing and painting.