Pack Light, Enjoy the Sun
If arriving by train onto Platform 2, the steps are rather awkward to manoeuvre with a pull-along bag. Make sure you're feeling strong to carry it, or are prepared to pull your suitcase down a flight & then up a flight, one step at a time! June through August - a sarong & bathers is all you need during the day to hang out on the beach. If you choose to explore the old part of town, good walking shoes will make it more enjoyable on the cobblestones. The main Piazzas and Esplanade near the sea are paved. Being a 'tourist town', there are quite a few pharmacies. Such a stunning location, it's not surprising there are a couple of Photo shops - on the main road opposite the sea. Have purchased and had developed a disposable Underwater camera with great results. Plenty of stony 'beaches' where you pay to enter - use of umbrella and sunbed. There are a couple of free beaches which are just as clean, and also have an outdoor shower to rinse off.
Santa Margherita Ligure
"Walking Back from Portofino"
I walked behind lots of people, so many of my pictures feature posteriors. I found walking to be the best way to get around, and the hike from Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino isn't too difficult (I walked behind a group of women ranging in age from around 20 to around 75 much of the way). The scenery is so gorgeous that it's impossible to take a bad photograph.
"Journey to the Heaviside Layer"
These stairs (and there are a lot of them) lead to a small church overlooking the sea, the bells from which can be heard throughout Santa Margherita Ligure.
Around the corner, to my left, there is a small, tranquil, community park with steep steps that get slippery. There are a lot of cats that hang around in this area, and I spent a few minutes observing that they have a rather sophisticated morning ritual.
They march single-file under an iron gate, into the park, walking uphill toward the church, and disappear in vegetation. On their way in, they are antisocial, untrusting, and even skittish. A few minues later, they return (in the same order they left), and stop and say hello for a few minutes before padding it the rest of the way home.
"Santa Margherita Train Station"
I had to get up frightfully early to catch my train to Verona. During the previous day, while hiking around town, I saw a bridge over the railroad tracks and decided I needed to take a picture from up here.