Monday, July 20, 2009

Palmaria and Portovenere

While students traveled to the French Riviera and Venice this weekend, we headed to La Spezia, Italy's important port city in Liguria. On Saturday we took a boat ride to Portovenere, but the boat could not dock so we were taken to the island of Palmaria. We spent a few hours exploring the beautiful island before realizing we had to find a water taxi to get across the gulf to Portovenere, a beautiful city on the water. It is said Lord Byron spent a lot of time here. A memorial marks the spot where he started his swim from Portovenere to Cinqueterra, many miles up the coast.

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