wanted to share some photos from portovenere, which is the port town we stayed in near cinque terre. first, we had my favorite gelato this trip here at a place called bar lamia. i don’t know how josh stayed strong and didn’t partake in any gelato this trip but you guys don’t have to worry, i definitely made up for him not having any by pretty much having two a day. when in italy, right!? also, can we discuss how great bacio flavored gelato is? discovered it this trip and could really go for some right now.
there aren’t too many photos here, because we didn’t do a whole lot in portovenere besides meander and hang out and eat at the end of our days of exploring other areas. we did have one of our favorite meals here, at a place called le bocche. more on that meal below.
this photo is from the morning before we arrived in portovenere, when we went to church in genova. i forgot to include it earlier! the congregation meets on the second floor of an office building and we met some of the nicest people ever there. i didn’t really gather what was being said during the meeting, but i love singing church hymns with others (even when it’s a different language) because i at least am familiar with the music and i just love to have that familiarity with something i hold so dear in another country. it’s pretty great.
these photos are from the other beach we stopped by that was only accessible by boat which we stopped through when we took a boat out in portofino!
playing on the rocks in portovenere! our kids had so much fun doing this at night after dinner before bedtime. our hotel was right on the water around the corner so it was just out front which was convenient.
ok, so this is the meal i was telling you about earlier at le bocche. during our entire time in italy, if i saw homemade gnocchi on the menu, i didn’t even look at anything else on it, i ordered the gnocchi. for the most part, it was delicious everywhere, but this dish was so different from what i’m used to when it comes to how the pasta is prepared, and i really liked that. the gnocchi was mixed with seafood and some sort of warm cabbage on top of it, which seems so strange but it was so good.
josh’s lasagnette was his favorite pasta dish this trip. i tried it and it was very very good.
this was the view from our hotel in portovenere!
i am pretty much mid sentence in this photo (which is so flattering) but i had to share anyway because everyone else’s faces make my day! these guys have the sweetest and most hilarious personalities and they are my favorite to hang out with.
conrad was SO into standing on this little stoop. haha! i think he’s anxious to be a little taller.
when everyone races to papa!
and i had to include these last few photos from portofino when the kids played the game we learned in switzerland called “sii-saa-sugg,” (a.k.a. footstomp). by the way, THANK YOU to those of you who knew the game i was talking about and shared about it and all the variations in the comments of that post! can’t even tell you how many times since we have played it together. it’s a fun one for sure.