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Dusk in Manarola, Italy

As you all likely know by now, my glorious time in Cinque Terre was cut short by the tragic death of my sister in law Judy Ann Swan in a scuba diving accident in Toronto, Canada. I immediately flew home.

This photo was taken in Manarola on what turned out to be our last evening there. I had no idea what that night would bring to our family. and her husband and very best friend - my brother Eric.

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Manarola, Italy

....our new home

all seasons in one day

We left Riomaggiore yesterday with sadness at leaving a wonderful place and village but excitement for what lay ahead......we just didn't know exactly what would lie ahead. Turns out we almost did not get out of Riomaggiore after Nancy got herself locked in the bathroom at a cafe by the train station.

Here is Nancy in her prison at the cafe at the Riomaggiore train station.......
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We met four Canadian women touring France and Italy and seeming to be having a blast. Here they are Judy, Judy, Janice and........oops sorry three out of four isn't too bad. Met them in Riomaggiore and again in Manarola.

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Definitely not my day for techie things....received an email this morning purportedly from CIBC saying they had noted irregularities on my account and I need to send them certain information as they had limited my account. I knew the email had to be a fraud but tried ATM and could not access. Finally did get some money on my VISA. Checked with CIBC. Email is bogus. They see no block on my account so will have to see what happens. May be in a debtors prison soon and unable to return home......

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Il Limoni di Thule

....our beautiful home in Riomaggiore

Tonight is the last night in Riomaggiore. We both hate to leave this oasis. The village is charming and we have been blessed with wonderful accommodations at our apartment at Il Limoni di Thule owned and operated by Christina and Alessandro. Christina has been fantastic to us.
I will post some photos of the place but none do it justice. its set high up on the hill in the upper village by the Castle past the church. It looks down on the sea and the start of the Via dell Amore.

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Il Ciliegio

......cooking in Monterosso, Cinque Terre

overcast 13 °C

Today was the infamous cooking class in Monterosso...actually very high above Monterosso. Due to the train schedules we arrived about an hour early in Monterosso. I was surprised to see how much Monterosso had also been affected by the mudslides and floods of last October. Like their brothers and sisters in Vernazza, the town is rapidly rebuilding. We were met at Gianni's Bar by Don Juan...neither of us can remember his real name but he told us he was not married and was known as Don Juan. Gianni met us shortly after and they drove us high onto the mountain to a beautiful restaurant overlooking the sea and Monterossa. The restaurant is Il Ciliegio which means cherry. We spent a few hours working in the kitchen making phenomenal food. Two of the dishes were anchovies and I thought...ICK! However the fresh anchovies they serve here have no relationship to the overly salty tinned anchovies we get on piazza and elsewhere in Canada. These were phenomenal...absolutely delicious. We also made fresh pesto for bruschetta and also the Troffie... a special kind of pasta that the pesto sticks to in a divine fashion. The top off the meal we had true best tiramisu I have ever had...AWESOME.

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High above Riomaggiore

all seasons in one day 15 °C

We hiked way up above Riomaggiore today to a beautiful little chapel overlooking the sea and Cinque Terre.......

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