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After the Flood: the Cinque Terre

November 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Phin Upham

Nobody likes to lose their luggage on a trip abroad, but some people consider it a stroke of luck. That’s how the New York Times article “Treasures of the Cinque Terre,” begins. Writer Liesl Schillinger loses her luggage on the way to Italy; however, she doesn’t see it as a bad thing. The incident allows her to explore the “jewel box villages” on Italy’s Ligurian coast with the only her eyes and feet.

“Treasures of the Cinque Terre,” is a pleasant read, taking the reader to Cinque Terre two years after it was struck by torrential rainfall. When the storm hit the area two years ago, it nearly destroyed the villages of Monterosso and Vernazza. But Schillinger gets to see the villages in person and witness how the land that was once flooded has recovered, “though restoration continues.”

Schillinger writes, “Looking around us at the bustling restaurants, sun-dappled loggias, boutiques and focaccerias (and the long table 10 feet from ours, where a dozen priests were making merry), we could scarcely believe that disaster had so recently blighted this idyll.”

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