People often ask me why I like to travel so much. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I travel for those magical moments. Times when you’re left feeling awestruck and breathless taking in the beauty that surrounds you. Instances when your eyes fill with joyous tears because you’re just so happy.
Be it watching the sunrise in Spain where the mountains melt into the sea, gazing at dusk settling over the Danube River in Budapest or walking through Krakow by night, these are the moments that I live to experience. Believe it or not, these moments actually inspire me to travel even more. This desire has not diminished with age and only seems to increase as I see more of the world.
Magical Moments in Porto Venere
One such magical moment happened on unusually warm autumn day last October while taking a boat ride in Porto Venere, Italy.
This tiny village is a UNESCO heritage site and home to approximately 4000 residents. Perched along Italy’s Ligurian coastline, Porto Venere is best seen from the sea.
As our group’s small dinghy slowly took us out into the Mediterranean, we were able to take in the gothic styled Church of St Peter from many different vantage points.
Consecrated in 1198, this historical building would provide a perfect set location for Game of Thrones.
Our journey continued on to Byron’s Grotto, an area where Lord Byron himself used to meditate and draw inspiration for his poetic works.
The area is also home to natural sea caves. You’ll also see that above the caves is the ruins of Doria Castle.
It was then that I felt that familiar pang of happiness begin to fill me. It was one of those magical moments (again)! Careful not to tear up and cry in front of my fellow travel blogging friends, I hid behind my camera and took photos.
I mean just look at this place. You feel as though you’re at the edge of earth. Water that sparkles bright green and blue hues under the sun. Lonely age-old churches and castles by the sea. Caves and grottos that inspired none other than Lord Byron.
Porto Venere is romance itself.
We then passed by Scola Tower, a former military building and look-out.
Porto Venere is also home to the ever tasty mussel! They’re cultivated locally and as you travel back closer to the shore, you’ll see the work of the local farmers in progress.
To see how these mussels are best experienced, watch this video by Kelley Ferro which is guaranteed to make your belly rumble with hunger pangs.
For more images of this beautiful place, see my Instagram pictures of Porto Venere – part of my four village tour of Liguria.
What do you think? Have you been to Porto Venere and what did you think? Have you experienced a magical moment somewhere in the world? Tell me about it in the comments below.
* Disclosure – My time in Porto Venere was complimentary, courtesy of Liguria Tourism. Any opinions expressed about my love for Lord Byron’s former home are entirely my own.
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