Yes, the picture I took above is real. And yes, the water on Elba Island is actually that blue!
Last weekend was so much fun. It was so relaxing, which was much-needed after getting used to jet lag, classes, and being on the go all the time. We stayed in a cute little hotel right on the beach, with lovely views of the Mediterannean.
The little gelato/panini shop you can see in the photo above had some of the best paninis! I've eaten SO many paninis since I've been in Italy. There were 3 gelato shops literally right outside the hotel. I swear, gelato shops are to Italy as Starbucks are to Seattle. (Still haven't seen a Starbucks here by the way...)
We also took a day in Portoferrario which is along the northern coast of the island. It was so beautiful. The water was this gorgeous aqua blue that I thought was only reserved for postcards. It was the best background for all the hustle and bustle of the city. There were more tourists there, and even more gelato. There was this really good smelling Acqua dell'Elba perfume that I almost got because it smelled so clean and island-y.
We also found this awesome restaurant right next to the hotel called Rendez-Vous. We had to get a picture with the owner - he was a boss. I only ate there twice but some went there four times. It was that good. It had great pizza, pasta, salad, and crepes...
...and yummy pina colatas. :)
Overall, it was a great weekend. Until we got stuck at the Piombino train station because of the train strike. Almost had to stay overnight...but we luckily found our way back after an exhausting few hours of running around to different stations and waiting. It's all about the adventure though, right?!