Italy 2007 travel blog

SM from the train station

Monastery (guesthouse on right)

Monastery from bottom of garden

SM from the hills (down the Via from Monastery)

Beach at Santa Margherita

When I got off the train I took the first photo, then sat & had a diet Coke & looked at the view. The train station is behind me, with hills behind that. On the map, the monastery looked quite close (albeit steeply uphill) so I decided why waste money on a cab, I can walk that... Wow, that was the best cardio workout I've had since I got here. Partly because I got lost. You know "via" means "street", right? Apparently it also means 4' wide stone pathway meandering around the hills, with stone walls on either side & cute little green lizards darting around & very few signs to say where you are.

Eventually found the monastery, which is absolutely lovely. I thought breakfast was included, but it turns out 3 meals a day are included in the price (I'm hurrying now to be back for supper) of 43 euros a day, which is amazing for Italy & especially the middle of the Riviera. Everyone else staying there is Italian. My neighbour tried asking me something last night & one of the nuns came up & told her "She speaks English". My neighbour stared at me in amazement "English! O mio mio"

It would be a great vacation to just fly to Milan, take the train here, & just stay at the monastery for a week. You could take day trips to Portofino and Rapello. Or not. Whatev's.

More when I get to Roma ...

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