Yeah... from Gap to Cinque Terra. It was a loong long long train ride. Stopped at Marseilles for a transit and also Nice (as packed with college/high school kids as ever!). From the train station Marseilles looks like a forlorn sort of city and actually not particularly safe to walk around. The reason being not because of all the black skinned people around, no racism intended indeed but because of the overwhelming amount of police everywhere... I've heard Marseilles ain't a safe place and perhaps it ain't! All rumours really have a strand of truth in them, and many times more than just a few strands.
After an exhausting and frustrating train journey (frustrating because i was cooped up in a train chair for so many hours in which i could not get a good nap! Too many train changes & damned loud italian talkers! Looks like i'm taking cheap shots at italians whenever i can. Sorry... guilty as charged! I don't know why i'm holding such a grudge against the people of the nation... i digress) I arrived in Riomaggiore around midnight, in a train car filled with noisy italian high schoolers, sorry, to be greeted by the most specatular night view ever. Never have i seen a night view as beautiful as that with mine own eyes before in my short life. Gracious! The sky that night was just perfect: the right amount of moon, the right amount of clouds, even the right amount of stars! The train station i stepped right onto was a deck atop the innermost point of a cove. On the right side of the cove was a lively pub, with nice classical and perhaps jazz music floating out from it. The owner of that pub had tastefully installed a spotlight to shine onto some waves crashing onto rocks that jutted out in the middle of the cove. It was quite something to see the turqoise or dark transparent blue coloured sea under that spotlight. Tha same blessed spolight brightened up the view enough, with help from some other lights from the train station, that one could see the dark shadow of a cave on the left side of the cliff enveloping the cove. The mystery of the inside of the cave was truly intriguing and it lent to me a sense of greek myth coming true. I managed to take a few shots (i set up m stuff almost immediately!) and i'm crossing my fingers that they come out right! Truly that day's train ride, as bad as it was, was worth it! Thanks to it i managed to catch this awesome view! In fact, i found no view like that one for the rest of my stay there.