well, it took a minute, but i finally have (way too many!) photos to share with you from the final portion of our time in europe last month, when we were in portofino and also portovenre, italy.
this batch of photos is from our time in portofino! i also have a lot of video footage that i need to finish editing, so it should make its way to my youtube channel later this week so be on the look out over there! even though i love photos so much, the videos from this trip are my favorite just because video tends to capture so much more than a photo can. i’m definitely preferring my video camera to regular camera these days.
i’m sorry for the delay in getting these up… maybe it doesn’t bother anyone but me when my posts are out of order (and if it does, i get you!)… i’m probably just outing my OCD right now. ;) i have been trying to keep on top of the blog since we got back from canada, but i have also been trying to wean conrad from breastfeeding (he’s been doing so great with it! but me on the other hand, not so much). my body really goes through it when i wean and it’s been a very painful and uncomfortable and emotional time for me. it takes me a really long time for my body to loose all my milk and the process ain’t fun. but hopefully it is almost over and oh my gosh am i looking forward to sleeping on my stomach and side again (and you know, basic things like standing or sitting without throbbing pain, too.)
i know i already talked about this when i shared our photos and videos from our time in vernazza and monterosso al mare in cinque terre, but a lot of you have asked about our itinerary so here is what we did and why. after switzerland, we drove to genova, italy and decided to stay there and do a day trip to portofino, which is just about 45 minutes away. we found a better deal on a hotel in genova and wanted to be close to a congregation for our church that sunday morning and there was one there. we did the same thing when we went to cinque terre a few days later by staying in portovenere (and renting a boat and boating into the towns around cinque terre). this worked so well, because a lot of the beaches we wanted to see you could only get to by boat or hiking in, and also we were able to save a bit of money on our accommodations. hope that makes sense and is helpful!
a few of our favorite photos from portofino…
this place was like a dream, it had such incredible old charm around the port and against the blue sky, it was something else.
you know you’re a family of five when you order 4 pizzas at the table and there aren’t any leftovers!!! my kids know how to eat pizza and it makes me so proud. ;)
it just doesn’t get old, this view.
so glad this guy is my travel buddy for life, because he doesn’t complain one bit when everyone wants to be carried. i can only carry one child for a short period of time, but he’ll do three for a good while. i think overall it was a good idea not to bring a stroller with us on this trip just because for the most part, all three of our kids prefer to walk these days and i’m often pushing an empty stroller when we’re out. also, we didn’t do much public transportation on this trip from place to place which is where it really has come in handy for us in the past. we rented a car for our entire trip and drove around a good amount this time (but always for pretty short distances) since we were in italy and then switzerland and then back to italy. we had learned from our last trip to italy a few years ago that cinque terre is not very stroller friendly since there are endless stairs everywhere, so that was also a big deciding factor this time around. so since we were hiking the alps or driving in or boating into different beach towns and ports, it made sense to leave it home this time. i do forget how handy it is though in airports when you’re racing to your gate or when everyone is asleep when your plane lands and you can’t just transfer them into a stroller to sleep more but have to kind of wake them up while carrying them. so in hind sight, maybe it’s worthwhile to have a small umbrella type stroller just for those airport moments or similar situations. or else just find yourself a josh who is willing to haul everyone for a good while when you’re in a bind. ;)
we rented a boat in portofino for the day and drove it to a small beach called san fruttuoso which is only accessible by boat. the beach was beautiful and i’m so glad we did it. we had one of the best afternoons just playing and hanging out together there. funny side story… when you arrive at the beach, you park your boat by tying it to a buoy and taking a water taxi the rest of the way to the beach (since it was in a protected wildlife area). well, we couldn’t park our boat close enough to the available buoy to tie it up because another boat was in the way, so i had to jump into the water and try to bring our boat’s rope to the buoy to tie it up (josh would have done it but conrad was napping in the baby carrier on his chest so i had to face my fears and go for it.) i had seen that shark movie the shallows with girlfriends a few weeks before and honestly, i seriously thought i might not make it out alive. especially since it took me forever to tie up our boat because i was trying to tread water and also remember how to properly tie knots from my girl scout days so our boat wouldn’t float away after we left it.
when i swam back to our boat and was climbing up the back ladder, eleanor was all, “hey look over there!” and to our left there were maybe 20 jelly fish right at the side of our boat! it was insane! we saw someone get seriously hurt at the beach in bermuda by a portuguese man-o-war in june, so i know those things don’t mess around. i’m so glad i didn’t spot any in the water until i was back on the boat and also so glad no one got hurt! later on in the day, in a different unprotected area, josh anchored the boat so he could dive in and swim in the mediterranean and i was having such a panic attack. there was no way i was getting in. samson and conrad swam with him for a minute just on the side of the boat but my paranoia was too intense. i made them come back in rather quickly. it’s just not my thing. i sound like such a wimp and i’m getting bothered at myself for even sharing, but i just don’t like the water and it’s not getting any easier, it’s just getting worse.
a photo from the water taxi taking us to the beach!
after our water taxi dropped us off on some big rocks by shore, we hiked up and then down this pathway overlooking this beautiful cove of the beach, called san fruttuoso.
her little criss crossed legs! such a lady.
happy to be ON the boat! (also don’t look too closely at my razor burn on my legs. you all know how much i hate shaving. it’s a daily struggle.)
you’ll see this in the video from portofino that i’ll get up in the next couple of days, but i definitely fell over when i tried to let go of the boat for a second here! haha. it’s super graceful. i was a dancer after all. ;) (and incase you can’t read that sarcasm since this is text after all, it was not graceful. at all.)
and he says he can’t multitask. :)
boating away from portofino!
the beaches are so rocky that conrad was mostly fascinated with picking up and throwing rocks! another funny side note, eleanor started a rock collection all on her own a few months back, and she collected so many rocks in italy. i told her as we were leaving our hotel the last night that it was probably best if she just chose one rock to bring home with her. but the next morning when i was unpacking here in new york, i found so many little rocks in the most random spots in our luggage! haha. she totally tried to sneak more home and it explains why our luggage was extra heavy on the return trip. i love her. bless her and that ridiculous rock collection.
the water taxis!
you could borrow floaties from the life guard at this beach so eleanor and samson tied up the whale to the post and wrestled the alligator all on their own which had us rolling as we watched them from our beach chairs. such a riot.
a face covered in fresh strawberry stains and a whole lotta vespas to play with. he was in heaven, this sweet boy of mine.
i love this picture of eleanor sitting so straight looking on at portofino. she climbed up there and hung out for a good while. it was very sweet.
josh loves his prosciutto and melon. i just love the coca cola when we travel. :)
this kid twisting his spaghetti and eating such big bites! do you see those little freckles on his nose? gosh i love him.
portofino was definitely wonderful. i don’t think you need more than a day or two to explore this area. maybe you do if you want to really do everything, but we felt we got such a great taste for it while we were there and really loved it. stay tuned for our video from portofino on my youtube channel soon!