Vernazza. This is where my idea to retire to a sailboat was first consciously realized! I had enjoyed my visits to the other villages in the Cinque Terre, and Vernazza was the last of the 5 that I planned to visit. I did this primarily because the Festa di Santa Margherita was scheduled for the last day of my visit, so I thought that would be the best day to be there.
I spent a couple hours on Saturday and about 6 hours on Sunday in Vernazza. I bartered with some of the vendors that lined the street, enjoyed locally made lemoncino and birra, had some of the best gelato ever, and even spent a while talking to an Australian family on a European holiday. While I would have loved to stay longer in the Cinque Terre, I’m glad I made an effort to find my favorite village and then spend as much time as I could there.
I bought my wife some earrings in a shop called Katrina. Great little place, actually owned by a young lady named Brittany from Texas in the USA. As we talked, I shared my idea of the sailboat and possibly doing day or week charters in the area. I figured what the heck – she doesn’t know me but she knows the area. She thought it was a great idea. She also liked Bug.
Even with the festival, Vernazza didn’t feel as crowded as Riomaggiore, or Manarola. It just felt welcoming. I hope to one day experience what it is like outside of the peak season. Just purely by luck, I shot all of my photos in Vernazza on Fuji Velvia 50. I must say – I love this film! It is absolutely awesome, and pretty much every shot looks like I remember it.
I had never shot slide or chrome film before. Until recently, I probably didn’t know it existed, and once I learned about it all I heard was how accurate you had to be on your exposures. Since the Maxxum 5 seems so accurate with exposure metering, I finally decided to give it a try. All I can say is it is my favorite film so far for capturing vistas and landscapes. Portra is still awesome for people-focused pictures, but I hope to take Velvia on more trips in the future.