With oranges picked from a tree and sliced to eat to lemons, fresh eggs from the hen-house and an enthusiastic young niece to our host to greet us we felt right at home in our tiny house style apartment up in the hills of Rapallo Italy.
This morning before walking down the hill to get groceries I walked up a ways until I could see the Mediterranean Sea.
We are surrounded by hills with little spots of inhabitants scattered around.
I believe there is a bus that goes around to the area across from us. I hope so because it would fun to have a closer look at this hilltop.
But it is the sea that is calling me right now.
The Bird of Paradise blooming outside our door
nor the abundant number of prickly beauties
and not even the roses will keep me on the hillside today.
We are off on the twenty or thirty minute walk to see the sea and get a feel for this place.
What is holding your attention today?
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Creative Potager – Visit with painter and photographer Terrill Welch
From Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada
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8 thoughts on “Good Morning Rapallo Italy”
Have a glorious day at the sea. Things here on Mayne Island were glorious yesterday as well… sunny and perfect to work in the gardens. Today looking not so nice… chance of rain.
We are just back in and it is 6:10 pm Sherwin. The weather here does remind us of Mayne Island on its hottest days in the summer. But this is only early May. My poor nose is rather red. I just realized I have been mostly out in the sun since 7:45 am. But it was a splendid day. I for some reason didn’t realize that Rapallo was a resort town. There are already people baking like seals on the beaches and there are those little change huts lined up everywhere. But rather than being overwhelming things were very relaxed. Workers were painting railings and there was a festive spirit as the summer season is just about to start. People were walking and visiting all along the waterfront. We spent the afternoon with half a bottle of red, focaccia con il formaggio (a ricotta cheese pie but much better than it sounds) and pizza followed up with coffee. A good day in all!
Terrill – Oh what lovely photographs; they make my toes itchy for an explorative walk! And the bird of paradise is beyond lovely.
You asked, “What is holding your attention today?”
A piece of “homework” that my literary agent “assigned” me — it’s rather fun and I’ll share a bit about it in the near future.
Sounds like some intriguing kind of homework there Laurie. You would have loved yesterday even if I did get maybe a slightly big smack of a sun kiss on my nose. I don’t think it will peel but maybe I will wear my hat for at least part of today 😉 I don’t like hats really and so it has to be a necessity before I will keep one on my head. The day wasn’t terribly hot just nice at about 21-23 Celsius and a wee bit of haze so the light was nice and filtered – these are the days that catch me out in the middle of the day rather than having a nap in the shade someplace. Well good luck with the homework and I look forward to your sharing part of it in the future.
Hi Terril… your journey is fun to watch from a distance. May every way you turn your eye be a thrill to paint or photograph. It has been just about a year since we were in Italy. I could return… you make it very appealing.
I am guessing that Italy has many who long to return to her lands Shirley. Our host was saying that For economic reasons the next few years may see the biggest exodus of Italians since the 1930 and 40s. It is one thing to visit and wish to return and another to have it be your home and be wishing it return.
The scenic beauty in Italy is simply inexhaustible, Terrill, as you have documented regularly with that famed painterly eye for visual magnificence. This is the land of my ancestors, and I owe to myself and to Lucille (who is Italian, English and Irish) to get here sometime. The fact that you seem to be spending so much time in this country speaks for itself. A European paradise for sure. Looking at those last three photos? Wow. You beat National Geographic.
Not sure about the National Geographic reference Sam but it sure is a beautiful country in the eyes and heart. If you get the chance do come and visit. I suggest taking so time too as for a small country it is still awfully big if you really want to see it.