Cinque Terre Floods

This post is not about my upcoming trip. I feel compelled to say something about the terrible tragedy that has befallen the Cinque Terre and, in particular, the charming village of Vernazza, where I spent two idyllic days in May 2009.

Although the flooding and mudslides happened on October 25, a full week ago, I only learned about it today by visiting Rick Steves's site. He has a lot of information and a slideshow.  I found more at Cultural Comments and Once in a Lifetime Travel.  You can also find a lot of videos on YouTube.

Here's a picture I took when I was in Vernazza:

Here's a picture of the same spot after the flood, a little closer in:

It will take months, maybe even years, for Vernazza to recover, but I know it will.  And more than ever, I will strive to go back and see this magical place once again.