July 11th, 1986 A lot happened this day. Here is my journal entry " Visited the Air force of La Spezia. Really cute guy was our tour guide--he looked like Tom Cruise. I hope I have a picture. His name is Orazzio. Lots of handsome men in uniform. They were very rude and crude, however. We went aboard the air craft carrier. It was very clean.They gave us a very short tour. We then went to a smaller boat and this is where it gets good-- The boat was small and there was no where for all of us to sit outside.
I wanted the breeze of the sea on my face. Next to the driver of the boat, there was a small window. Alain and I stood there to enjoy the ride. It was very windy. We toured around many small islands. One was like a small fort, the whole island was one building. Finally we stopped at a port. The water was beautiful. It was some of the best water to swim in that I have ever seen. The beach was not good, many large rocks, but the water was even better to swim than the Bahamas. I swam alone for a while. We were only allowed to be there for 1 1/2 hours. I took many pictures on the beach. Alain and I were the first ones back on the boat so we could get a seat outside. It was like heaven....The sea air was fantastic. Later we went to another disco. This one was directly on the beach. It was very large with big seating areas outside. Aernout (Netherlands) was sick in the bus on the way there. Vicki and Cheryl (USA) went off with some Italian boys and were "attacked". At least the boys wanted more than they were willing to give. "
Here is a picture of the seats at the disco and of some of the islands. I thought I had a picture of the ship but I can't find it. I will keep looking.
Only years later did I realize that we were in a port in the Cinque Terre. I don't know which city we were in. Does anyone know the name of the port where we stopped to swim? I think the town was Portovenere, at least that is the city pictured here with the two churches and the ruins of a castle. Does anyone know for sure?
Please post your comments about this day. Don't forget that if you click on a photo, it will enlarge. Especially the one of the disco, you can see more closely who is there. Ciao!
The picture of the cute Italian above was provided by Nikki Cooper. Thanks!