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  • Jun11

    Nautical Nights ๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿ›Ÿ๐Ÿ›ถ๐ŸŒ“

    June 11 in Italy โ‹… ๐ŸŒ™ 23 ยฐC

    Second last night in the Italian Riviera! As promised, here are some spectacular images of Riomaggiore by night. The vibe in this town is very relaxed and chilled. A very good way to end a week long stay in the Cinque Terre. But! Wait! There’s more!

    Tomorrow morning I’ve booked an authentic Pesto Experience at Nessum Dorma in the last of the five towns: Manarola! It’s a very sought after experience and one of the only ways to guarantee a place for lunch at this establishment!

    Of course, had they known who I was then this obstacle would not be necessary ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
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    wow Troy it is so beautiful at night xx [M]

    6/11/22Reply
    Troys Travels

    Every single town is like a magical storybook landโ€ฆ They are really beautifulโ€ฆ The pictures probably donโ€™t even really catch exactly how they are.

    6/12/22Reply
    Ephie Markopoulos

    Gorgeous! So beautiful by night too. Your apartment is definitely awesome! Dream stuff. Cannot wait to see and hear about Manarola. Ciao bello !

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  • Day9

    Cinque Terre

    April 19 in Italy โ‹… โ˜๏ธ 13 ยฐC

    We popped over to the Cinque Terre town of Riomaggiore for sunset. We had some yummy gelato, hot chips and fish croquettes. We watched the shiny fish in the sparkling water and wondered what was making the mysterious circle in the water.

    We headed home very late for an Italian timing dinner of Pumpkin ravioli and cheese and pepper sauce made in our apartment.
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    H Kerr

    Wow looks nice

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  • Jun12

    Ravishing Riomaggiore: Final Act

    June 12 in Italy โ‹… ๐ŸŒ™ 24 ยฐC

    Sadly, time to bid farewell to the Italian Riviera. As a final tribute let’s appreciate the balcony views while feasting on fresh mussels, regional wine ๐Ÿท Limoncello ๐Ÿ‹ and cannoli…

    No words ๐Ÿ˜ถ
    Just mindful moments of appreciation ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ
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    Rod Stowe

    Your pictures and videos have been just delightful to see, you certainly have done justice to this lovely place the deep blue of the sea looks so inviting. You will certainly have so many marvellous memories to have for years. You certainly didnโ€™t need to take a camera with you. Well done.

    6/13/22Reply

    Very envious of you and Richard ---What a wonderful time you are having --could almost go the Mussels and all the food you are experiencing !!! [Dad and Mum XX๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ‘]

    6/13/22Reply

    Bravooo!!! ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿธโฃ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ซ [Elvio Dโ€™ANGELO]

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    Troys Travels

    ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿคโค๏ธ

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    Bromley

    yummo deep fried mussels ๐Ÿฅฐ

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  • Jun11

    Rest & Relax in Riomaggiore

    June 11 in Italy โ‹… โ˜€๏ธ 26 ยฐC

    Sitting on our private balcony overlooking the Riomaggiore with the Italian Vintage Summer ๐ŸŒบ playlist! Just returned from a meandering wander through the very picturesque streets and tunnels of this beautiful town! And, in case you’re wondering ๐Ÿ’ญ Yes! The business owners seem friendly & relaxed ๐Ÿ˜Œ It’s so refreshing to experience mutual respect โœŠ๐Ÿป after V.

    It’s just turned 6pm. Wine ๐Ÿท time on the terrace. Sun โ˜€๏ธ is high in the sky on a 30 degree day. Oh! I dread ๐Ÿ˜ฌ coming back to Winter ๐Ÿฅถ after being treated to a second Summer ๐ŸŒบ
    If only I could travel indefinitely… I’m really pleased with my thought in packing this time: I have worn everything I have brought which often doesn’t happen. It’s still an extra stress, especially post Covid and flying cheap-ass airlines like RyanAir! You almost have an anxiety ๐Ÿ˜ฆ attack hoping your case doesn’t go universal the strict requirements… more than allowance equals big bucks ๐Ÿ’ฐ extra! ๐Ÿฅน

    Been for 3 swims ๐ŸŠ‍โ™‚๏ธ today and I’m feeling relaxed but I must admit that a week looking a pretty painted houses ๐Ÿ˜ and navigating ๐Ÿงญ steps and hills and rocks ๐Ÿชจ is probably enough. Don’t get me wrong: I’ve adored every town except V… well, not true. It was spectacular too. Just the folks needed to attend Tourism 101. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š

    Richard & I went into the local deli and bought some goats ๐Ÿ cheese ๐Ÿง€ which is yum ๐Ÿ˜‹ and focaccia, strawberries ๐Ÿ“ (with taste!) and freshly picked olives ๐Ÿซ’ for pre dinner ๐Ÿฝ platter. Having an actual apartment, as in London last week, certainly adds to the enjoyment of having space and room to move, along with your own space. This apartment is bigger than mine! It’s fabulous ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

    Enjoy Riomaggiore by day… โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿธ๐Ÿท๐Ÿš„
    I’ll take some nighttime representation when the sun goes down. At 9pm ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
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    Bellissima [Jules]

    6/11/22Reply
    Troys Travels

    Indeed ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

    6/11/22Reply

    Sounds really good Troy . Love your blogs !! Say hello to Sandro for me !!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜œโค [Dad and Mum XX]

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    Troys Travels

    He was so kind and helpful here. One of his staff came and collected us from the station and took us to the accommodation which was lovely. Complete opposite to most of the people in Vernazza . Havenโ€™t met Sandra but hopefully will today. everyone was really friendly here. It is so nice having an apartment with two bedrooms and a really big balcony! And it was only โ‚ฌ500 for both of us which I think is about $350 a night between two of us. The best value accommodation weโ€™ve had so far. The prices are not really cheap here like they were when I went to Tuscany. They probably put them all up for the tourists. Oh well, thatโ€™s the way it is so windy in Romeโ€ฆ X

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  • Day20

    Cinque Terre

    May 2 in Italy โ‹… โ˜€๏ธ 16 ยฐC

    Mit dem Zug in 4 von 5 der malerischen Dörfer des Cinque Terre. War uns fast zu touristisch und jetzt schon sehr überlaufen, aber für diese tollen Aussichten hat es sich auf jeden Fall sehr gelohnt :)

    Tobias Brรผggemann

    Tolles Foto

    5/2/22Reply
    Jens B.

    Coole Fiona ๐Ÿ˜„

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    A.J. Brรผggi

    Was fรผr Farben ๐Ÿ™ƒ echt traumhaft ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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  • Jun12

    Pesto Impresto ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿง€ ๐Ÿท

    June 12 in Italy โ‹… โ˜€๏ธ 25 ยฐC

    Wow! Wow! Wow! โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿคฉ

    What an amazing experience this was!

    Nessum Dorma is a renowned restaurant that sits above a cliff top in Manarola. This is one of the few ways you are able to get in without a reservation. It was worth every single euro of the €60 we paid.

    Not only was the location absolutely amazing. Gobsmackingly beautiful& stunning but the staff and the presentation of the entire experience was out of this world! Perfect ๐Ÿ˜

    The owner, Simone, won the piece of land the restaurant is on in a competition. Only three people entered and he won the right to build whatever he wanted overlooking the Manarola Bay. Surprisingly, there were only three people who actually entered the competition in total. Now that he has made an absolute success of it the locals are constantly trying to make it hard for him. It seems he is having similar experiences with some of the locals as Richard and I have had. Many of them begrudge others for being here. What a shame! He has done an amazing job. The pesto experience happens in the morning and then people are lining up down the path to come into the restaurant to eat. Without a reservation it is not going to happen.

    Anyway we were given all of the necessary ingredients of quality including local garlic, fresh basil, local cheese and pine nuts. We were told exactly how to perfect the most delicious pesto I have ever eaten. We were never rushed and constantly supported and always in good humour.

    Towards the middle of the experience we were each given a glass of local wine ๐Ÿท which was slightly salty due to the region terrace agriculture and wine growing right beside the sae. Then came the most delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹ platter: individually prepared and passed to every single participant. We were allowed to take as long as we like to enjoy and devour the food and the view. And also there was a competition to win a local bottle of wine… Everybody was a winner! ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿท

    I would put this up with one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

    Every single moment was perfectly orchestrated and we felt honoured to be part of the group. W๐Ÿ™ƒRight down to the moment that we were gently sprayed with mists of water that where perfectly constructed within the balcony frame construction. This is the true meaning of entrepreneurship. He deserves every success and we had the best time enjoying what Simone has created!

    The 10 gorgeous young Italian waiters added quite a significant benefit of this experience as well…๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

    This was a brilliant way to finish our week in the Italian Riviera! ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿฅฐ

    This took place in Manarola, the final of the 5 towns (Cinque Terre)

    ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿคโค๏ธ
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    Ephie Markopoulos

    Oh what an experience! It sounds absolutely amazing. If I ever get to Cinque Terre Iโ€™ll make sure to book this. Bravo Simone! Manarola is the nicest looking imo. Itโ€™s iconic and those crystal clear waters?? It made me want fly over and dive in. Like you said Troy this looks like the perfect conclusion to your cinque terre adventure. And this blog was the best thing for us to experience it vicariously through your posts. Mille grazie signore xx

    6/12/22Reply
    Troys Travels

    Thanks Ephie! I have really enjoyed writing my thoughts down like a diary in a wayโ€ฆ I hope you shared it with your mumโ€ฆ Funny you should say that about Manarola because I think that and Monterroso were the absolute best. Probably equal first. Although, I absolutely loved Rapallo and the walk down to Portofino on the first day. The towns had less tourists and more locals just living la vida loca! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿฅฐ

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    Ephie Markopoulos

    ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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  • Jun11

    Corniglia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น ๐Ÿท

    June 11 in Italy โ‹… โ˜€๏ธ 22 ยฐC

    Got up bright & early this morning at 6am and became adventurous! Walked from Vernazza to the spectacularly cute ๐Ÿฅฐ town of Corniglia. Coniglia is the only town of the five that is perched high on a cliff with no sea ๐ŸŒŠ access. This makes it extremely unique and different to all of the other towns!

    It was not as challenging as the walk yesterday but just as stunning & spectacular with the views and the beautiful little alleyways that meandered throughout the town! It was also wonderful because I was the only person on the track for the entire hour walk. It was as if I was the only person in the world! A truly unique experience in this UNESCO protected National Park region.

    Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    Rod Stowe

    How really lovely incredible how the village is high looking over the beautiful blue sea and how quaint the little bridge probably hundreds of years old a real bit of history.

    6/11/22Reply

    How absolutely stunning. I wonder how the locals get up and down ? [Jules]

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  • Jun9

    Oh Fuck! ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿคฌ

    June 9 in Italy โ‹… โ˜€๏ธ 24 ยฐC

    So, I’m sitting here at 10pm looking out to sea ๐ŸŒŠ at what should be Paradise and blissful but this afternoon has been the first challenge of negativity of my trip!

    Let’s get the obvious out of the way first… Vernazza is, as you can see from the photos, truly beautiful. The proprietors and business owners; not so much!

    So, we arrive at picturesque and postcard pretty Vernazza… Everything should be perfect, just like the brochures say it should…

    Here is my experience…

    Off the train and I am so hot ๐Ÿฅต that I could almost blow smoke rings out of my arse!

    Look carefully they said, there is only one street they said, you will find your accommodation, they said… it’s so easy, they said. So, off we schlepp but we just couldn’t find our accommodation. And there are tourists spatially unaware everywhere!

    Already having more than wonderful experiences with beautiful, honest, caring and considerate Italians in Rapallo (and most other Italian cities and towns) I thought the best thing we could do would be to simply ask if I could tap into the Wi-Fi at a bar or shop so that I could phone ๐Ÿ“ž my accommodation provider.

    The first bar I went into point blank rudely turned me away, being told there is no way I would be able to use their Wi-Fi… I informed Richard and said we probably need to go back to the station to ask tourist information โ„น๏ธ, after all, that’s what they are there for. To GIVE tourist information!? So off we went… Through the hordes of tourists! Rudely walking past & through you as you attempt to navigate your way up the main road/pass with heavy bags. ๐Ÿ˜ซ

    Finally get up to the station to speak to the man in charge of tourism information โ„น๏ธ … Clearly not a position he should be holding down. It seemed to be putting him out and to be the most inconvenient & biggest effort for him and he couldn’t possibly afford to even give us a shred of politeness and care considering our dilemma. ‘Informing’ us, there is only one street, it shouldn’t be hard to find…!?!?๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜ก

    Eventuality, after reluctance, he decided that he would call my accommodation provider. ‘Informing’ me (as he is paid to do) that my accommodation provider would meet me at the pharmacy on the main street. Sounded like a reasonable plan to me… So off we went…

    On arriving at said Pharmacy I walked in and politely asked the pharmacist if he was aware I was to meet my supplier in his shop. He threw his hands in the air without skipping a beat and said he knew nothing about that & he was “…just the pharmacist!” And walked off! Rude! Arrogant man! Plain. Simple. Rude! ๐Ÿ˜ค

    Finally my host did show up and took me up 40 extremely narrow & dangerously steep steps to my room. (I dare not even photograph those steps because, not only would my own Mother pass out with fright for the safety of her only son, but these shiny/slippery steps break all kinds of OH&S protocols & rules.) Remember also, I was already as hot ๐Ÿฅต as a lobster ๐Ÿฆž in a boiling pot, had to lug a 17kg bag up said 40 narrow steps and had been treated like shit already by a handful of “tourism providers” (…I use the term loosely!)

    Open the door, relief ๐Ÿ˜ฎ‍๐Ÿ’จ…it looked good. She said she was in a hurry and quickly showed me the basics. I asked for the wifi password and she informed me it is not working at the moment! I politely (again) explained to her it’s a shame & inconvenient because it is my only access to the outside world. She shrugged her shoulders and left…โ˜น๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

    It took me 20 minutes to try and work out how to lock and unlock the door. Richard may have a different story here, but regardless, it was an extremely anxiety producing for me and I was at breaking point by now! After much twisting and turning of the key I finally worked out how intricate force and ‘safe-like’ precision must be applied at a certain angle carefully for it to be opened ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

    By this stage both Richard and I were in dire need of some water. This should’ve been an extremely simple task but we were greeted by a very gruff & unreasonable convenience store owner who refused to take card payment and insisted on cash ๐Ÿ’ท only. In this post Covid world it is completely unreasonable to insist on such a thing. I tried to keep cool but, as you can imagine I was hurting inside. What an arrogant bitch she was. As you may imagine I was at the stage that I felt like telling her to stick her water where the sun don’t shine but I needed it more than I needed air at that point! ๐Ÿคฆ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ‍โ™‚๏ธ This entire ‘shit show’ reminds me of my experiences in Paris. This sheer arrogance, self entitlement and dismissive nature of the residents who rely on us to exist simply turns me off! ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป

    I composed myself the best I could and reminded myself where I was, how lucky I am and decided to go for a swim. I felt instantly better as I frolicked in the water. Yes! I did use the word frolicking because I need to have some sense of positivity within this blog…๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป

    Richard and I met at seven, as arranged, and looked for a suitable place for dinner… Every single restaurant was discovered to be way overpriced, knowing the captive audience they have. Regardless, we chose one that looked nice; up on a platform overlooking the main street. We ordered the shared seafood platter… It consisted of 5 SMALL PLATES: rubbery octopus, two different kinds of anchovies: one fried and one boiled ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ some paste that resembled fish roe dip mixed with grated carrot and some morsels of boiled fish which was passable. Oh! Hang on, I forgot to mention the bag of stale bread that was thrown…yes…THROWN upon our table as we sat down… I’m not exaggerating, it was stale and it was tasteless! Robyn, do you recall the gorgeous bread bag I shared with you and Mike in Lucca?We experienced how wonderful real ‘bread ๐Ÿฅ– in the bag’ should be! ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป Second course of AVERAGE pasta with what tasted like store bought jar pesto mixed through it ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป Not a patch on the last couple of nights. Not even fucking close! ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ก

    Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse there was a huge thunder clap & lightning โ›ˆ very, very frightening…๐Ÿซค and some rain began to fall. Everyone ran for cover, even though it was really just a passing summer shower. Once again Robyn, you will recall our rain experience in Florence? Where we were able to put up our umbrella and enjoy the moment… We weren’t even given that option in this case. I would’ve happily put up the umbrella and waited the 10 minutes until it passed. โ˜”๏ธWe were ushered into their less than adequate indoor seating space resembling a spare room at grandmas which was also as hot as hell! I kindly asked if the air conditioning could be put on & the owner only saw fit to open the door slightly. ๐Ÿ˜ญ Tight ass! ๐Ÿคฏ

    By this stage I had an absolute gut full of the whole afternoon and night. The service was crap ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉparticularly when compared with last night. To try & compose we went and got a gelati which was also average compared to what we had in Rapallo. ๐Ÿฅบ

    Everything was closed by 9 pm! Richard decided to go up to his room but I sat on a bench by the beautiful waters edge to compose myself and practise some mindfulness to alleviate the burning disappointment that had been generated deep within me… ๐Ÿ˜ข

    I suppose, essentially I am just sad and disappointed more than anything else because I had built-up the Cinque Terre so much in my mind & from watching you tube, research & reading that it just wasn’t living up to any of the hype and well below expectations ๐Ÿ˜ฅ I have a feeling that the shop owners and proprietors in Vernazza think the immense beauty of the location & landscape will overshadow their arrogance & self entitlement. Newsflash: it doesn’t! ๐Ÿ˜– ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

    Anyway, I feel better for getting it off my chest but you probably won’t even get to read this in real time until I am (hopefully) feeling better… because it seems we won’t have phone ๐Ÿ“ฑ access until we leave! ๐Ÿซค

    Think it’s important to demonstrate that not every day can be good, even in ‘paradise’. And, may I say this afternoon was about as fucked up as it can get! ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ก

    I remain positive and hopeful that things will turn around tomorrow… but once again, you may not know until this leg of trip is over because Richard and I both don’t have wifi in our apartment and none of the restaurants will let us use it…๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿ™„

    I don’t quite understand why these places that rely solely on tourism need to be such cunts to the tourists! ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍โ™‚๏ธEspecially after the Pandemic ๐Ÿ˜ท You’d think they’d be bending over backwards to offer exceptional customer service rather than treat us like nuisances!

    As I said, let us hope that tomorrow is another day and a better day… Fingers crossed that this is one bad afternoon and that is all it is…๐Ÿ™
    Also, I hope Richard forgives me for my grumpy and irritable attitude…๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ

    PS: this is an update to the above… I have woken up early at 5 am because the ‘double’ bed that was advertised is two beds; shabbily pushed together that have moved apart in the night… The bed is as hard as the floor and the air-conditioner sounds like an aeroplane โœˆ๏ธ taking off! Oh! And the bracelet I purchased at the market yesterday had broken and fallen off in the bed. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿคฆ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฉ

    I am going to have to practice calling on my inner strength & summoning my positivity and resilience deep deep deep from within today. Mindfulness will hopefully save me as it often does. I can’t let this experience sour the rest of my trip because there are so many more wonderful things still ahead of me! As the little red caboose said, I think I can, I think I can!๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ™

    PS: Enjoy the pictures… As you can see it is a beautiful location. But as the old saying goes: not all that glitters is gold. ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿป‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข
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    David Howard

    Hopefully you will have a much better time today ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿฉน๐Ÿชฌ๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ•ข๐Ÿ”œโœ…๐Ÿšธ๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿ›Ž๐Ÿ”‘๐Ÿ—โ˜Ž๏ธ๐Ÿ—พโ›ฒ๏ธ

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    Troys Travels

    Absolutely have! This was just a 6 hour blip in the wonderful tapestry of life! Thanks ๐Ÿ™ DD X

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    Loredana Cardinali

    So sorry you had a shit experience. Say Va faculo to them

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    Troys Travels

    You bet! Seriously will use that! Is it โ€œfuck u!?โ€? They deserve nothing less. Although, Iโ€™ve softened a bit! ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ

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    Ephie Markopoulos

    Itโ€™s โ€œva fanculoโ€ and yes it means Go Fโ€ฆ. yourselfโ€ hahaha. Handy to know

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  • Jun10

    Monterosso: We โค๏ธ You!

    June 10 in Italy โ‹… โ˜€๏ธ 25 ยฐC

    Let me start off by being extremely positive today! Richard and I woke up, had breakfast and headed off to Monterosso! What an absolutely amazing, enthralling, challenging and beautiful walk it was! We both found it challenging and I was proud that Richard kept pushing on and he was equally proud he did because the end result was everything I had heard about the Cinque Terre and more! More beautiful in scenery, landscape and spaciousness but more importantly, the people were everything I remember Italians to be: friendly, welcoming, kind, generous and innately humorous… What an absolutely beautiful town it was. And how different the inhabitants were! You could feel a difference in the air. Hard to describe but it reminded me of Mykonos with its beautiful alleyways, sloped spaces, hundreds of cute little restaurants and WELCOMING smiles! Thank you Monterosso you have restored my heart and soul and love of Italy! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿคโค๏ธ

    On returning to Vernazza I had dread in my heart… All I am going to say is this: I actually think even the locals don’t want to be here (obviously not, but seems like it!) I concede that I made a mistake in booking into this town for our specific requirements in a holiday destination. Had I chosen Monterosso things may have started off differently. Who knows? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍โ™‚๏ธ We live & learn. It is what it is!

    My morning started off by heading up to the information counter at the station where I was greeted with the same nonchalant attitude as yesterday. Thankfully a wonderfully beautiful couple from Canada heard my questions and spent 20 minutes telling me all about the walks, the best way to proceed, tips, hints and everything any other tourism bureau would and should offer. It was wonderful and informative and said results for the success to follow. I’m not speaking without experience; I also worked in tourism and if I’d have been as wet & unhelpful as the staff in V I wouldn’t have lasted a week!
    ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿคโค๏ธ

    It took about 2 1/2 hours on very steep cliff tops and steps. But, I loved every single minute of it! I feel exhilarated and accomplished. Was just such a magical and beautiful day! Restoration of my faith in humanity! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป

    I desperately tried to convince Richard to stay in Monterosso for dinner but understandably he was plum ‘tuckered out’ and wanted to head back to that place which I shall not speak of in name, just as “V”!

    So, please enjoy the wonderful images of the spectacular walk along the path from the place we’re staying at to Monterosso! I’m sure you’ll agree they are out of this world!

    As soon as we arrived at the end of the walk there was an instant opportunity to dive straight into the crystal blue sparkling water. I could not resist or get in there quick enough. I just took everything off except my jocks and went straight in. It was like nothing you can imagine after a 2 1/2 hour hike! I felt instantly refreshed. We had lunch atop a magnificent cliff top and then spent the afternoon wandering around looking at the most picturesque of towns. Just so Stunning ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜โœŠ๐Ÿป๐Ÿฅฐ

    A friendly local business owner informed us of a bar where we would be able to get reception and Wi-Fi which was also a relief because I could inform my parents that everything was okay. I love them very much and it was distressing to know they were worried. It was such a relief to be offered the use of connection by this bar in town. I thanked them from the bottom of my heart! Incidentally, I had actually started to embrace the fact that I was completely void of technology. I hope to transfer some of this behaviour in my life when I return home ๐Ÿก and asked Richard to keep me in check if I stray! We are FAR too invested in technology these days and I feel I need to start living in the moment more back in Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

    On arriving back to V I headed straight for the water for another swim. Interestingly the swimming harbour was full of seaweed and rocks which was symbolic of my experience here. Enough of that! I think you get the idea now! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Richard and I had the most delicious pizza for dinner back in V and was served by the most gorgeous of Italian men who actually made the pizza ๐Ÿ• lovingly in his oven. He was as sexy as they come! No photo unfortunately lol ๐Ÿ˜‚ Sorry Mummy! ๐Ÿคฃ Both Richard & I were equally disappointed for us (but happy ๐Ÿ˜Š for him) when he showed us photos of his cute daughter ๐Ÿซค๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

    Richard has headed to bed… It is 11 pm and I have taken the Cinque Terre express back to Monterroso for one last lemon spritz in this beautiful little village! It is magnificent! I love it love Love Love love! ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ‹โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธEverything I know and love about Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น is contained herewith ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    As I enjoy my Lemoncello Spritz please enjoy magnificent wonderments of our day of hiking ๐Ÿฅพ and delighting. Viva Italiano! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿคโค๏ธ
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    So glad you are both enjoying it all --even without WIFI for a while .We were so glad to hear from you when you phoned Troy !! We didn't know what to think .---All our love to you both!! [Love Mum and Dad XXX]

    6/10/22Reply
    Troys Travels

    We need to not rely on technology so much! Remember when I lived in London. No phones or messages. Only postcards and letters and occasional phone from box ๐Ÿ“ฆ We all need to live like that again. So refreshing not to have to look at phone ๐Ÿ“ฑ all day!

    6/11/22Reply
    Ephie Markopoulos

    Phew! And all is good again in the world. Monterrosso has made up for it and then some. Wow! It is truly spectacular just like I imagine it. Keep enjoying it all Troy xx

    6/10/22Reply
    Troys Travels

    Big time! Just beautiful Riomaggiore now!!!! A new adventure x

    6/11/22Reply
    Anderson Stephen

    Wonderful Richard

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  • Day29

    Dinner in Monterosso

    May 24 in Italy โ‹… โ›… 70 ยฐF

    The girls took the train and met us in Monterosso, the biggest of the 5 towns.

    The restaurant we ate at (brilliant idea to make burgers with focaccia) is in a building over 600 years old.

    We stumbled upon an interesting little church that looks very ominous and is called the Brotherhood of Death and Prayer, but was actually a group that helped widows, orphans, shipwreck survivors, and buried the poor. The interior is a little surreal with all of the skeletons.Read more

    Pamela D.

    ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    5/25/22Reply
    Pamela D.

    Looks yummy

    5/25/22Reply
    Pamela D.

    Is this for Grandpa Jack's benefit? We all know how much he loves green olives๐Ÿ˜‰

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You might also know this place by the following names:

Corniglia, ใ‚ณใƒซใƒ‹ใƒชใ‚ข, ์ฝ”๋ฅด๋‹๋ฆฌ์•„, Cornelia, ะšะพั€ะฝะธะปัŒั

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