An Italian Beach Town
25.07.2010 - 27.07.2010 32 °C
July 26 Viareggio
So instead of being out running off the dinner and wine I ate and drank last night, I sit here over looking the beach and the ocean from my hotel room. This town is quite different than the countryside of Tuscany. First, the language barrier is very difficult. I’d say 1 out of every 10 can speak a little English. This town caters to the very, very, rich Italians and French. The store fronts which line the privately owned beaches (which cost 15-25 Euros to go on each day and that gets you either 2 chairs and an umbrella or 2 sun beds) carry brand name everything- from Dolce and Gabana, LV, Gucci, $300 varieties of shoes and handbags, sunglasses, etc…. I’m half expecting Paris Hilton to ride by in giant high heels and a short Versace dress on a bike with a fu-fu dog wearing pearls around it’s neck in the front basket of the bike- which seems to be the norm around here!! Secondly- the men and their skimpy bikini bottoms (uh…NOT sexy) but has been good eye candy, all the people watching- the women don’t walk around topless, but about 30 % do while sunbathing. But after the first day of that, it’s not quite as noticeable the second. Everyone has on either Carrerra or Ray-ban sunglasses. There is a definitely style here in pants- skinny jeans, and pantalones. I’m obsessed with finding a pair to bring back. They are very unbecoming though on anyone who has even an extra 5 lbs on them (and everyone here is soooooooo skinny- worse than LA!) so needless to say, it’s been a challenge!
Steve- other quick highlights of our stay in this New York City meets Ocean City meets Miami beach town: renting a family bike for a ride through the park…playing chess and soccer on the beach with kids…watching the sunset ON the ocean (see pictures) instead of vice versa…