Portofino, Italy July 16 - 18, 2004

(all pictures are low res, for high res click here)

Our next adventurous drive directed us towards the Italian Riveria and the old fishing port of Portofino. However, to get to Portofino, we had to drive thru Pisa, which is such a touristy town that we had to stop and make fun of the tourists (yes, we ARE that pretentious). So as you've probably seen countless times, here are the prerequisite shots of the leaning tower of Pisa . And as we said, no trip to Pisa would be complete if you didn't make fun of the tourists who are trying to get a picture of themselves holding up the tower.

Finally, we made it to what is perhaps the most picturesque spots in all of Italy, Portofino. This small village has only 500 people living there, but is home to some very expensive villas and very wealthy people. It's not everyday you see an outdoor produce store across the walkway from a Gucci store. Anyway, we loved the place. Every picture we took felt like we were making postcards, as can be seen by the picture at the top of the page as well as these pix of the gardens and castle. . We spent most of our time in Portofino basically doing nothing. We'd loaf around , or go for a hike to the top of the hill. At the top the views were incredible. ... oh, and the views of the Mediterranean were good too :-) . As we hiked back down the hill we stopped at a lookout point to for some amazing views of Portofino including this video.

The next day we ventured out to Santa Margherita Ligure to do a little swimming. We will spare you the pictures from us swimming as no one really wants to see my fat butt in a swimsuit. .

Oh, I forgot to mention that we stayed in yet another fantastic 4 star hotel, this one was named Hotel San Giorgio. Very nice people at this hotel. (note the clothes on the chair to cover up the wine we spilled on it!)

We were sad to leave Portofino, as it turned out to be our favorite place on the trip, but we had more wine to drink so we headed up to Piedmont.