3) THE CINQUE TERRE SEA IS LIKE SWIMMING IN THE MALDIVES.
I love hiking. I hike every day I can, even when it’s 30 degrees and the last thing I want to do. I need to do it for myself and my mind and soul. The best thing that happens to me is when Yuri calls me when I am on my hike and says, ‘I have a free couple hours, want to go on the boat?’ Before he has asked the question, I have my swimming suit on, and I am on my way to the harbor to meet him.
We head out to a quiet area, drop anchor, and take a swim in crystal clear water, with fish all around us and nobody within sight because it’s a weekday morning and not a popular boating day.
The Mediterranean is so salty you just float, and it is so warm from the rocks, it’s like being in a bathtub. And it is so clear, you can see right down to the rocks, meters below you. You can put on a snorkel and go on an adventure and see the local marine life.
So everyone is happy, from the kids to mom to dad — especially water baby me that just does summer circles like an otter for 20 minutes. Then I stop, breathe, and think, THIS is the dolce vita. This is it right here. I need nothing else.