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A Visit to Portofino

It's bank holiday weekend in Santa Margherita in Liguria. The weather is hot and sunny, a perfect recipe for an Italian seaside holiday. 

We spent a large part of the day exploring the cobblestone streets and arcaded shops on the waterfront. To just relax and take in the ambiance, we decided to stop at a cafe just above the beach to people watch. Most people brought their own umbrellas and many had a picnic too. One extended family all huddled under an umbrella to escape the summer sun and then lathered up with suntan lotion to take a cool dip.
While people lounged on the beach, several merchants appeared. One was selling cool slices of coconut and another was holding large  cotton cloths with colorful designs. "From Kashmir!" he called out proudly. I am not sure if they were really from there but they did look nice.

In the evening we took the public bus to Portofino. It's a 15 minute ride up the narrow coastal road that has such sharp twists and turns that the bus driv…

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