“Unimaginable Disaster”

Two weeks ago, I was looking over one of the most beautiful cities I’d ever seen. Monterosso, Italy. One of the five towns that make up Cinque Terre.

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Two days ago, Lucas blogged about our amazing experience — eating at Vernazza and climbing hundreds of steps.

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24 hours ago, I found out that Cinque Terre is all but gone. Literally wiped away by flash floods and mudslides. Witnesses called it an unimaginable disaster, and said Monterosso is all but destroyed.

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It’s shocking to me that in moments, Mother Nature could wipe away something that is so sharp in my memories. Obviously, I’ve seen how devastating natural disasters can be — earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes.

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But I think the difference is that I feel so emotionally connected to Cinque Terre. It wasn’t just a cool place. It was the COOLEST place. It wasn’t just beautiful — it was indescribable. It’s where I fought back some emotional demons, challenged my body, connected with my husband and now…it will never be as it was.

I’m just so sad for the loss.

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Comments

  1. says

    This is truly terrible. I always wanted to visit but I figured I had plenty of time and why not go next year. This just reminds me of how I decided not to go to the top of the twin towers a couple of weeks before 9/11 because “I’ll go next time I am in NYC”. Sometimes there is no next time…

  2. says

    This is truly terrible. I always wanted to visit but I figured I had plenty of time and why not go next year. This just reminds me of how I decided not to go to the top of the twin towers a couple of weeks before 9/11 because “I’ll go next time I am in NYC”. Sometimes there is no next time so procrastinating is never a good option! Everything changes so we should enjoy the wrold around us as it is today.

  3. says

    That’s how I felt after all the tragedy in Japan. I always feel sad about disasters but the one in Japan hit me so hard because I had been there less than a year earlier. The reason it feels so devastating is because if it can happen somewhere I’ve walked, and slept, and to people I’ve met it means that it could happen in my city, to my house, to my loved ones and that’s what makes it real and that’s what makes it extremely tragic :(

  4. says

    What a tragedy. At least you were able to experience it while it was still there, and now, you may even find you have a much deeper appreciation for it. Hopefully they will eventually rebuild something just as spectacular.

    My thoughts are with the people there.

  5. says

    Holy crap! Some of my favorite memories from my internship in Italy was the day trips to Cinque Terre. I guess that makes those memories even more special. At least we were able to see the beauty in our lifetimes.

  6. says

    I’m so sorry to hear that. It’s such a beautiful place that I was hoping to visit some day as well. I hope they are able to rebuild some of it’s former beauty. This is how I felt when the earthquakes hit Japan. It’s like a scar on my own body and while it will certainly heal, it may never look exactly the same as I remember it.

  7. says

    Oh my gosh, I had no idea this happened (sometimes no cable can be a bad thing), I just watched that video, how horrible! I’ve never been to Cinque Terra but many other parts of Italy. It almost looks a bit like Portofino which was gorgeous. What a sad, sad thing to happen.

  8. says

    Omg. I am almost crying at my desk. I am so so saddened by this. Like you I feel very connected to that place and after seeing the photos your husband posted last week I was brainstorming ways for us to go back in the next year.

    Oh I am just so sad that mother nature has destroyed one of the most beautiful places on earth :(

  9. says

    That is so sad! It’s amazing how even things that seem like they’ll be around forever can disappear so quickly. Reminds me to appreciate all I have, all I’ve experienced and not take anything for granted.

  10. says

    i am just so sad about all of this. i have vacationed in CT twice and can only hope they will be rebuilt so future generations can enjoy them as much as we have.

  11. says

    My heart dropped when I read your post. I had visited Cinque Terre at the end of my study abroad trip in ’07, seeing your recap of your trip made me smile at flashbacks. So sad to hear.

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