Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy

After my long hike to Portofino, I was ready to sit down and have a drink.  I was so thirsty, that I opted for a cold soda instead of wine...that's really thirsty people!  The rest of my family was feeling the same way.  So we grabbed a table and each ordered a soda.  The drink was refreshing and the people watching was great, but the waiters were so rude.  When I asked for the restroom he actually started yelling at me in Italian because I couldn't understand his English.  To top off the event, our bill came.  It was $60 with tip for our FOUR sodas.  Portofino is not a cheap place, folks.

Portofino, Italy

I really wish my Portofino experience hadn't started in such a negative way.   I tried not to absorb that negative energy the waiter put off.  It knew it had nothing to do with me.  He could have just been having a bad day.  But I would have liked it better had he been kind.  Nevertheless,  I was in a beautiful place, so I decided to brush off those feelings and enjoy it.

Castello Brown in Portofino, Italy

Castello Brown is a former castle turned museum on this hill overlooking Portofino.  The 1991 movie, Enchanted April, was filmed there.  The tour desk on our cruise ship did not recommend going inside, so we just admired from afar.

Strange sights in Portofino, Italy

The Museo del Parco di Portofino was a strange strange sight to see.  Not only was there a rhino hanging in the air, but these strange bright pink animal statues on each post. (not shown)   

Museo del Parco di Portofino, Italy

PORTofino was aptly named.  What a gorgeous port!

Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy

I throughly enjoyed walking around and taking in all the colors of Portofino.  The buildings, the boats and the beautiful colors of nature.  There are also several stores if you are into high end shopping.  

Portofino, Italy shopping

Dior, Pucci and Gucci are a good example of the stores in Portofino.  It fits the expensive theme of this place.  

Portofino, Italy

I love the way they have used all the old buildings to house modern stores.  Such a great juxtaposition of old and new.

Portofino, Italy

Overall, I thought Portofino was a very beautiful, very expensive little Italian village.  I'm curious to know if any of my readers have actually stayed in Portofino and what you thought?  Please comment below.  


Hiking to Portofino, Italy

When our cruise ship stopped at Santa Margherita, Italy, we had many excursions to choose from.  Our final decision was to hike to Portofino and back, while enjoying both cities and the views in between.  And what views those were!

Gorgeous view while hiking in Italy

The walk took a little over an hour and was easy at times, with a few moderate spots along the way.  We got an idea of what it would be like as we viewed the northern Italian coast from our cruise ship balcony.  Gorgeous!


What I Ate Wednesday

Just like every morning on our Mediterranean cruise, we started with room service breakfast on the balcony.  Not a bad way to start any day.

In room breakfast on a Holland America Cruise

Then we were off to explore Monaco, Eze and Nice.  It was going to be a big day of exploring, so we loaded up on breakfast, pretty much skipped lunch and ended the day with dinner in the main dining room.  Vacation eating can be a bit different.  Do you eat the same on vacation as you normally do at home?


Nice, France in the French Riviera

The beach in Nice, France

This was my first glimpse of Nice as we came in on an excursion with our cruise line.  The plan was to do a sight seeing drive thru the city and then get off the bus and tour a french flower market on foot.
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