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Portovenere - Chiesa S.Pietro on Flickr.

Portovenere - Church of S. Pietro

Portovenere is a town and comune located on the Ligurian coast of Italy in the province of La Spezia. It comprises the three villages of Fezzano, Le Grazie and Porto Venere, and the three islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. In 1997 Porto Venere and the villages of Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Westduinpark on Flickr.

Last rays of sunlight illuminating the dunes in The Hague’s Westduinpark

The Hague (The Netherlands) is a city built on the dunes, which is why, just outside the city, you can enjoy the most wonderful dune scenery. In 2011 the decision was made to let nature run its course in The Hague’s Westduinpark in an attempt to create an opportunity for the original dune landscape to be restored as much as possible. In the background of this picture you can see remnants of a WW II bunker, part of the Atlantikwall.

Cinque Terre - Riomaggiore on Flickr.

Riomaggiore is a village and comune in the province of La Spezia, situated in a small valley in the Liguria region of Italy. It is the first of the Cinque Terre one meets when travelling north from La Spezia.
The village, dating from the early thirteenth century, is known for its historic character and its wine, produced by the town’s vineyards. Riomaggiore is in the Riviera di Levante region and has shoreline on the Mediterranean’s Gulf of Genoa, with a small beach and a wharf framed by tower houses.

San Fruttuose Beach and Abbey on Flickr.

San Fruttuose Beach and Abbey
San Fruttuoso has two magnificent attractions: the ancient Benedictine monastery and the Christ of the Abyss. The Christ of the Abyss (Cristo degli Abissi) is an bronze statue a little way offshore and over fifty feet (15m) under the sea. It has only existed for a few decades, being commissioned after a drowning, but both the idea and the sculpture itself are deeply poignant. Far down in the dim waters, Christ’s face and arms are raised towards the source of light. This has become something like a shrine to divers and a pilgrimage site.

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