Monday, June 02, 2008

Liguria, Italy: The Bay of Portofino

Well, hello there... ciao Bella. Here we are sailing towards.... can you guess?

Approaching Portofino...

Blondine and moi still on board the boat with the famous Portofino Bay and its rustic yet quite charming pastel and terracotta coloured old buildings crowding with each other in the background.


Just like the jet set leagues of Saint Tropez, Cannes, and Monte Carlo, Monaco in the French Riviera, Portofino is the equivalent for the Italian Riviera side and considered to be amongst the most beautiful ports in the Mediterranean. Quite famous that Tokyo DisneySea in Japan and Universal Orlando Resort in the USA recreated a mini Portofino.

Portofino is also widely known to grace intimate weddings (for a max group of 50) at the San Gregorio Church that sits on a promontory watching down to the village square. And I guess a perfect place to honeymoon too.

Smaller yachts anchored at the bay of Portofino. It takes about 15-20 minutes by boat from the port of Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino. 

This little bayou is peppered with high-end signature shops such as Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss and Chanel where the moneyed can sit back, relax, throw away their cares, enjoy and shop a bit on the side.

Anyway, Blondine and I feasted our eyes on this really chic jet black Chanel leather handbag but lo and behold, lightning struck. Ah, hallelujah, it brought us back to our sound senses. Too bad, we are too Dutch to even consider buying it (for now perhaps).

After the much-needed window shopping, and well yes, we managed to buy shoes. We succumbed to consumerism. But Blondine and I are head over heels in love with the shoes we bought! We could not wait to wear them, but first things first, we need to relax and feel the Portofino vibe.

We found this terrace in the middle of the square facing the bay area. Ah, time for some chilled chardonnays!

We love the good life... if you haven't noticed that yet =)

Cheers! Proost! Blondine and I were raving about how the wine glasses were looking so elegant.

Blondine was teasing me that I have rosy cheeks so I took a picture to see if it is true. Well, it is not just my cheeks that are rosy but my whole face I guess?

Aside from the expensive boutique shops, Portofino is a lovely place to chill out, sit on an outdoor terrace and people watch. There are also many restaurants here so a perfect place to have a lovely lunch or a romantic dinner with a faultless view of the colourful little fishing boats, the elegant white yachts anchored in the bay and the mansions hidden amongst the thick lush of green in the mountain cliffs overlooking the village.

I think we spent HOURS sitting back at the terrace in the piazza, watching people and letting time pass by whilst sipping chilled wine and making sure the waitress did not forget to refill our glasses. I reckon this is the best thing to do when in Portofino, right?

The outdoor terraces here were very busy.

To finish up we had some real Italian treat, gelato.

Travel Period: May 2008
Destination: Portofino (Genoa - Liguria), Italy

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