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Another seacoast town, and a philosophical question Jun 24

Recently we looked at the seacoast town of Bogia, in Papua New Guinea. Today it’s Manarola, Italy. Here’s the picture I saw that piqued my interest in the place:

stone bridges, multi-storey buildings, telephone, sailboats (click to enlarge)

Manarola is famous for its local wine, called Sciacchetra. Commercial fishing thrives there, and the town seems to be named after a mill wheel. A famous tourist attraction is a walking trail named, loosely translated, Lover’s Lane.  This town and its neighbors have become increasingly popular in recent years (ahem, one of Serenity’s agents will be happy to fix you up with a place to stay); I suppose it’s one of those things where a place becomes The Place to visit, like the Riveria used to be. (I read a good ad for the Riveria a couple years back. It said, “The Riveria was in before the word “in” was in.)

Here’s a shot of Bogia. You can see the volcano I wrote about in the background:

Thatched huts

Both towns have been around a looong time. Both towns are full of friendly people eager to show hospitality to tourists. Both are peaceful, relaxing places to live and visit. Here’s the philosophical question: Why is Bogia so primitive, and Manarola not?

Not far away, relatively speaking, a native Papua New Guinean asked anthropologist Jared Diamond essentially that question, and it led to the book Guns, Germs, and Steel, which is Diamond’s answer to the question of why some places became technologically advanced and some didn’t. It’s a fascinating read. Bring it with you on your next vacation.

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