I was in Cinque Terre, 2 months ago. Today I learned of a flash flood in the villages of Cinque Terre. Two of the historic little villages (Vernazza & Monterosso) are damaged terribly from walls of water ripping through the tiny streets. Many lives have been lost. How sad all of this makes me feel.
My trip in late August was a saving grace after a very painful 6 weeks with a pinched nerve in my neck. A month before the trip was so bad I couldn't sketch at all. After many weeks of therapy, 8 x-rays, an MRI, muscle injections, and an epidural I was good to go!
The real cure came while I was in Cinque Terre. Sketching with the warm sun on my back, relaxing strolls, hiking... I felt as if my body had been restored. I stayed in the lovely little village of Corniglia in an apartment that over looked the sea. Each day I explored one of the 5 villages.
I will remember the little villages as I sketched them. And I will remain grateful for the time I had in this beautiful region of Italy.