I’m broken hearted.
It’s been a terrible week for the Cinque Terre.
I’ve seen too many photos from afar of a place I’ve loved ripped to shreds.
Houses gone. Businesses ruined. People have died.
But my husband says, “I Liguri sono forte”- Ligurians are strong. Being one himself I guess he knows.
It’s true. The sheer will of the human spirit pierces through shitty times. People are organizing, mobilizing, cleaning, crying, giving and laughing while working their tails off, in the mud and muck, together.
Yes, October 25, 2011 was a terrible day. But do you remember the good ones in Cinque Terre?
Have you meandered through olive groves on the walking trails?
Had an aperitivo on Via dell’Amore?
Snapped photos of the old men tying nets in the Riomaggiore marina?
Bent your neck over the stone wall to stare into the frothing waters of Corniglia?
Stood in the moonlight to watch a concert in the piazza of Vernazza?
Jumped off the rocks into the blue waters of Monterosso?
And I am going to do it all again.
I have also made a donation to the Italian Red Cross. I would be thrilled if you would too. It takes three minutes and you can do it online here. Use the dropdown menu to choose “Emergency Tuscany and Liguria.”
Funds raised will help our beloved Vernazza and Monterosso in Cinque Terre and it will also support less affluent towns out of the golden strip of tourism like Aulla, Pignone, Borghetto Vara and Brugnato. They sustained ridiculous damages too.
Hey, sharing this via Twitter and Facebook would make you a star. Millions come through this region every year. Everyone who has visited has an impassioned story. It is just that kind of place.
Could you let them know?
Thank-you for being here.
All the photos are taken in Monterosso al Mare by Kate Little