Italy

Trip Start Apr 12, 2008
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Trip End Jul 20, 2008


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Flag of Italy  , Italian Riviera,
Sunday, June 15, 2008

Arriving in Vernazza made up for all the drama in getting there!  Leaving Paris, we found a wrong date on the booking and had to pay nearly $500 AGAIN! Still trying to get that reimbursed!
Vernazza is like a dream - one narrow cobbled main street sloping down to a blue bay filled with colourful fishing boats.  Cheerful people everywhere, musical language in the air, washing flapping from every window, nonna's chatting, everyone strolling and talking.  what was to be a 3 day stay grew to 5 days inadvertently when the next host's accommodation fell thru in Florence.
Our room, skilfully booked on-line!  overlooked the waves crashing below.  One wall of the room was a rock face, you entered by descending a wooden ladder, brass port-holes overlooked the sea and green shutters opened onto the plethora of coloured wooden fishing boats.  Just past them was was the church steeple that chimed every half hour preceded by the other church bells that were 10 minutes fast.  So four sets of bells EVERY hour. Thanks Lorenza and  Giovanni - great accommodation, even if up 66 winding stone stairs.
Thanks Jane and Stan for the company. And to Guiseppe for the fabulous Gelato (get some from his son - Valentino at Salt -Kingscliff!) And to Annis, our great Morrocan waiter at Gianni Franzi.
We walked the cliffs between the 5 villages with spectacular views along the way, drank lots of good coffee, ate gelato and tasty cherries and apricots, and of course local pesto and wine, swam in the sea and generally whiled away the hours.
And so I had my birthday in Cinque Terra - what could be better.
B

Update - MyAir have now contacted us 10 months after our initial email enquiry. (thats Italian efficiency for u). After several emails back and forward and a complete waste of my time, and an initial offer to refund the airport taxes, they refuse to make any refund at all. Seems totally unreasonable, some folks were travelling that day for 19.99euro, it cost us 291euro each for a 1 hour flight. To anyone travelling in Italy and all those people who have emailed us about our amazing accommmodation in Vernazza - DON"T CONSIDER MYAIR AT ANY COST. The trains are a better option. Hell, we were even OFFERED a refund by Trenitalia when the airconditioning didnt work on one of our train trips (and a cheque arrived in Australia months later). A far cry from the way Myair treats its foreign passengers.
M
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