While all of Europe (and the US) lives in fear of Italy’s debt, it’s nice to be reminded that the nation is more than just a financial time bomb. It’s also a place where visitors can find scenes straight out of storybooks, such as this one of Manarola in the Cinque Terre.
When I embiggened this one, I noticed two things: first, the Agave americana bloom silhouetted against the sky, at a 45-degree angle on the far edge of the cliff. And second, the boat ramp, which is lined with what looks like log rollers — an ancient method of getting heavy objects up and down steep slopes. I’m guessing they’re not really logs, but the principle hasn’t changed.
Makes me want to get into a boat and see that agave bloom from the other side.