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Monday, August 04, 2008

Photo Blog: Welcome to Poveromo on the Mediterranean

We made it to the Tuscan Coast. And while the waves here do not compete with the waves in Hawaii on or on the Californian Coast – the atmosphere is much the same – relaxing. After our quick one hour drive last night, we took a quick swim and then hung out at the beach house here in Poveromo, Italy – just a little ways up from Viareggio and Monte a Marte.

The beach clubs line the coast here. Every 200 feet or so there is a club by a different name, all filled with beach chairs, umbrellas and tourists from Italy, Germany, France, and England. Not at all like Venutra / Los Angeles where we go to the beach where we want to – public beaches are a rarity – with the average beach club costing between 2,000-7,000 euros for the three month summer season. Beach life is a little different here.

Still, we continue to have a great time with family. Here are some pictures from the day:

Ashley and I pose for a quick photo by Luigi at the Beach house for a nice breakfast of pastries that cousin Clemente picked up from a local bakery.Ashley and I pose for a quick photo by Luigi at the Beach house for a nice breakfast of pastries that cousin Clemente picked up from a local bakery.


Bagno Sovenir, or the beach club that the family belongs to.  It’s nice to hang out here for a couple of days!Bagno Sovenir, or the beach club that the family belongs to. It’s nice to hang out here for a couple of days!


The crew at the beach – with a nice spot right close to the water and the ankle biter waves we’re seeing today.  From left to right, Kenny (in the shade of course!) Matteo, Ashley, and Giulio.The crew at the beach – with a nice spot right close to the water and the ankle biter waves we’re seeing today. From left to right, Kenny (in the shade of course!) Matteo, Ashley, and Giulio.


A nice shot down the beach that shows a good number of people for today, a Monday – and the many other beach clubs that line Poveromo and the surrounding Tuscan coast cities.A nice shot down the beach that shows a good number of people for today, a Monday – and the many other beach clubs that line Poveromo and the surrounding Tuscan coast cities.


One of the coolest things here are the presence of several Italian Alps mountains just behind the are of Poveromo.  While a little odd, the presence of these large mountains just behind the sea is quite a different sight from what we see in Southern California.  For sure.One of the coolest things here are the presence of several Italian Alps mountains just behind the are of Poveromo. While a little odd, the presence of these large mountains just behind the sea is quite a different sight from what we see in Southern California. For sure.


One thing that is different here in the Mediterranean is the size of the yachts.  These two huge (300+ feet) yachts are hanging out just outside the port.  Potentially too large to fit in the Viaveggio port these yachts are comparable sizes although one clearly wins the toy war with a helicopter, 25’ sailboat, powerboat among 5 other boats.  Crazy.One thing that is different here in the Mediterranean is the size of the yachts. These two huge (300+ feet) yachts are hanging out just outside the port. Potentially too large to fit in the Viaveggio port these yachts are comparable sizes although one clearly wins the toy war with a helicopter, 25’ sailboat, powerboat among 5 other boats. Crazy.


Back at the beach house, we enjoyed a great dinner.  Here Giulio cleans the dishes afterwards since the dishwasher is broken.Back at the beach house, we enjoyed a great dinner. Here Giulio cleans the dishes afterwards since the dishwasher is broken.

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