"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home." - James Michener
Day 14 - 15 Cinque Terre, Italy
After three large, busy, noisy cities in a row, arriving in Monterosso, one of the 5 towns of Cinque Terre, was like being on vacation. In order to get to Monterosso, we had to abandon our bus and take a train up the mountain. Cinque Terre is located right on the Ligurian Sea. When the sea meets a mountain town, it's spectacular. The sea was a beautiful shade of blue-green and the houses were a rainbow of pastel colors. Someday I'd like to spend a month or so in a place just like this. After we dropped off our luggage at our hotel, we took a walk along the beach and had dinner with some of our group. Following Rick's guidebook we tried the amfora belvedere. We shared the abundant seafood with our fellow diners. It was the first time we had eaten a whole octopus.
Day 2 was ours to explore Cinque Terre. While I admired those who chose to walk the trails between towns, we opted for what we called our "Mediterranean Cruise" to the town of Riomaggiore. We walked around the town (I should say up and down the town), hung out at the beach and had some lunch. Just a nice relaxing day.
ON GETTING INSPIRED!
When I first saw the whole white octopus come tumbling out of the jar into the serving dish, my first thought was "I can't eat that." But then I thought about the sacrifice the octopus had made. I didn't want him/her to go to waste. It was suprisingly good. It had a mild flavor and the texture was pleasing. I liked it! It's good to get outside your comfort zone and try new things. When I told our grandkids about it, they were grossed out. Now, when they don't want to try some new food, I remind them that ole grandma and grandpa once ate a whole octopus.
- "Mediterranean Cruise"
- Monterosso beach
- Down time