|At the top of the hike between Monterosso and Vernazza|
My room here in Vernazza is absolutely charming, as I think I already mentioned, but it is ridiculously hard to find. When Daria (the owner) showed me to the room, she pointed out landmarks on the way, but I still had to write down the route the first time I left, or I'd never have found it again.
Thanks to those who've left comments, either here or on Facebook. It's really great to hear from folks. And yes, Carrie, I did make it to Santa Maria Novella church in Firenze, and it was great. I was really impressed by the fresco there that created a 3D illusion, almost a trompe l'oeil effect.
It occurs to me I haven't mentioned the heat since I arrived in the Cinque Terre. It's still hot, but so pleasant. I might never go to another museum or another church as long as I live. The fact is, after a while, every adoration of the magi, every annunciation, every ascension, and especially every family portrait of Mary and Jesus (how is it they couldn't afford a hotel room and yet they managed to get their portrait painted so many times?) all run together in my memory.