In Monterosso the beach was of small pebbles, not sand. It was so surreal, all these tiny bright colored rocks amongst the amazing blues of the sea and the sky. Obviously my eye was drawn to the red rocks (since I am now constantly aware of all red, all the time) but the magical green stones. I couldn't help myself, I was like a child sitting on the beach going through fistful of rocks. I kept a few, after I put myself on a limit, but recently just took them out of my backpack and polished them up. The vibrancy that these rocks exude, is another wonder of the natural color system!