This past Sunday, my host mother, Paola, took my fellow student-sister, Mia, and I to a nearby beach, about a 45 minute drive away from Ferrara.  It was a very different beach from the States, only little waves (due to the breakers pictured in the first photo) and rather shallow (once more due to the breakers).  Mia and I actually went all the way out to the breakers, and the water only came up to our bellies.  The beach was almost exactly like in magazine pictures – tons of umbrellas and chairs, but not as many people since it was the last ‘good’ weekend.  Interestingly, very few people were actually in the water.  (taken 9.7.2014)