If you have popped by here before you may know that Spain is my usual holiday destination, but this year we went to Northern Italy instead.
It was the first time that I have been there and I am sure I will be going back!
We started in La Spezia, a busy port about an hour north of Pisa.
Fishing boats and container ships.
And we ate ice cream!
And climbed the hill to the castle to see the view over the bay (to justify the ice cream!)
The B&B entrance was tucked around the back.
But there was a grander entrance at the front.
The views from the roof were spectacular.
The village underneath the castle
and the sea beyond.
And spectacular sunsets enjoyed from the tower (with a glass of wine and an impromptu picnic supper).
The rooms were comfortable but not ostentatious. But they all contained little gems.
And the castle was also a museum, and at night we were just able to wander around.
The slightly eccentric local shop provided for our picnic suppers (yes, he was hanging from the ceiling in the local shop! He is aiming his bow and arrow at his twin!)
But we were not sure that the wrath of God had not been visited on the church
as this spectacular crack was under the alter end!