Trip to Italy!

09 Jan Trip to Italy!

My girlfriend Paola, a native Italian, and I spent five days with her daughter in Camogli, a small beautiful fishing village overlooking the Mediterranean.  It was fabulous being in such a gorgeous setting, with only a few calls back to the states for business (of course the Reconstruction Era Monument), and to be with special friends.
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About Camogli:
Camogli (Camuggi in Genoese dialect) is a fishing village and tourist resort located on the west side of the peninsula of Portofino. It’s located on the Golfo Paradiso at the Riviera di Levante, in the Metropolitan City of Genoa, Liguria, northern Italy. As of 31 December 2011 its population was of 5,455. The name Camogli is of disputed but ancient origins. Camogli is one of the largest part of the Parco Naturale Regionale di Portofino, and a part of the Portofino Marine Protected Area.
In the late Middle Ages Camogli was a considerable seaport. In its heyday, its fleet consisted of hundreds of Tall Ships, and it was called the “city of a thousand white sails”. In 1798 the city hosted a large contingent of Napoleon’s fleet, which was then beaten in Egyptian waters of the Nile by Admiral Nelson. A prestigious naval college, Cristoforo Colombo, was founded in Camogli in 1874.
In 1880 the former fishing village had (in a population of 12,000) 500 registered ship captains. Camogli now lives mainly from tourism and is known for its colorful houses that line the beach. The house colors once helped the fishermen of Camogli find the way back to their port.
 
I am grateful for the opportunity and though I did not take as many photos as usual, I wanted to share a few sites that caught my eye.