Sarah’s Memorial – Cinque Terra, Italy.To Sarah,
She came from Ohio to our paradise. From far away the sea saw her, smiled at her. The beloved groom, the Via dell’Amore, dreams that come true, her heart beat strongly. The beloved Cinque Terra from school days, Riomaggiore, Manarola… a white cloud, the halo of a star embraced Sarah and thus she becomes even more beautiful. Dated: September 27, 2007
Cinque Terra is out of this world. It’s colorful, mesmerizing and it feels like a home away from home. It’s also a final resting place for not only the residents of the five villages but also for visitors who took a wrong step on the sometimes perilous hike. Throughout our hike in Cinque Terra I noticed small memorials tucked into walls & nooks, sometimes lit by candlelight. Italy was very emotional for me but the memorials in Cinque Terra always seemed to catch me a little off guard. When hiking in one of the prettiest locations on earth it initially feels strange when your mind drifts to thoughts of death and the afterlife.
It’s fitting though, don’t cherished family & friends deserve memorials in beautiful locations? Places like Cinque Terre where the sun shines bright, the buildings glow and the sea seems to laugh at itself. I love this memorial. It makes me wonder who Sarah was, why she was here and what kind of pizza she might have liked best.
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