A blustery day on the LakeM

A blustery day on the LakeM
A blustery day on the Lake

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Can you believe this view?

Today we are solo...going it alone. We have walked everywhere in this little village through arched alleyways, past shops and outdoor cafes, along the sea and past gardens bursting with pommodori, zucchini, olive, limoni and meloni. The Alpi roll down to the sea and the rivers have, over the centuries,carved steep valleys. The primary industry in this area has been growing flowers. The hills are covered with many, many greenhouses.This area used to supply all of Europe with flowers but now the market has been taken over by Holland and the greenhouses are being replaced by summer homes. The house and apartments in Santo Stefano are clustered together in the area along the sea. The buildings have been built close together and are connected with beautiful arched alleyways and pedestrian paths. Everywhere is perfectly designed for the walker. Two east/west roads run through the town connecting it to the other towns along the coast, one is similar to our state roads and the other (Lungomare) goes along the water and is quieter. There is also a bike path connecting most of the towns as well. Motor scooters are very popular as are motorcycles and cars. But to get around the town for shopping or exploring, it is best to walk. Every extra bit of land is planted with flowers,vegetables, olive trees and citrus trees. The hillsides are steeply terraced and planted as well. It is an amazing lesson in the careful usage of space. The picture you see is the view from our back balcony looking toward the village and the sea. Ciao,ciao....we must go to buy a few things for our dinner tonight.

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Location:La Nostra Casa

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