First, my apologies to readers who've been following this series about Tuscany. I've been away for a few days and over the bank holiday weekend (took advantage of the last public holiday in the UK before Christmas and Boxing Day), I haven't had the chance to post.
We're taking a reverse tour to Isola del Giglio instead of visiting Giannutri first. Giglio Island became a household name, at least here in Europe, when on 13 January 2012, the cruise ship Costa Concordia sank off the coast of Isola del Giglio. It took another two years before the ship was towed to Genoa, just a few weeks before my friends and I were in the island in early August.
Having spent the first 12 years of my life in a coastal town, I know that I could live in an island despite years of being a big city dweller. A town such as Giglio makes me want to recreate my childhood. This time though, instead of the tropical surroundings I grew up in, I'd love to relive the past in a quaintly stylish Mediterranean setting.
|Chiesa SS. Lorenzo e Mamiliano. That is, if I'm not mistaken.|
|I'm not religious in any way, but I love visiting local churches of famous and infamous towns|
|A glass display of items salvaged from the Costa Concordia wreckage is inside the church. The label says 'No! Non Potremo Mai Dimenticare' which is translated to English as 'We Will Never Be Able To Forget.'|
|4. Tabernacle; 9. Rope left in the church; 10. Safety helmet left in the church; 11. Windproof oilskin; 12. Life vest; 13. A fragment of the granite rock hit by Costa Concordia; 14. Fuel oil tank of the ship|
|The Balinese trousers make an appearance again. In a sidestreet.|
|Right on your doorstep, and can be found by tourists by walking around the sidestreets|
|Some locals have private access to the sea as you can see with the metal stair rails on the left similar to a swimming pool's|
|Above with my boys, er, girls, er, boys. Same.|
|My favourite scenery...|
|A trip to Italy isn't a trip without gelato. Lemone and pesca for me, please|
Click on 'The Doors and Windows of Tuscany' and 'Road Trip to Suvereto' if you missed the first couple of posts on the Tuscany series. Hope you virtually enjoy the trip with me.
The series isn't over yet. More coming up soon!