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  • Day28

    An der Küste Richtung Genua

    May 8 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Unsere erste Übernachtung, an einem Ort der nicht zum Übernachten gedacht war, haben wir sehr früh beendet und haben uns auf den Weg in die City von La Spezia gemacht.
    Diese Stadt hat uns wirklich nicht überzeugt, deswegen sind wir zügig weiter die Küste hoch Richtung Genua.
    Als wir noch schnell unser Nachtlager aufgeräumt haben, war von La Spezia im Regen noch noch die Größe zu erahnen.
    Es begann (zur Freude von Claudia) ein langer Tag in den Bergen. Mit unglaublichen Aussichten und Strassen wo sich nicht jeder wohl gefühlt hat. E.
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  • Day10

    Cinque Terre

    March 14 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Nous prenons le train pour partir à la conquête des Cinque Terre. Il est normalement possible de rejoindre à pied les villages entre eux, mais la plupart des sentiers sont fermés à cause des degats dûs aux tempêtes. Riomaggiore est le premier que nous visitons, et déjà nous sommes impressionnés. Le village est niché dans des falaises à l'embouchure d'un torrent. Le second, où nous mangerons, est Manarola. Cela va crescendo en beauté, les maisons sont accrochées et agglutinées sur un éperon qui descend dans la mer. Et l'apothéose avec Vernazza, des maisons colorées concentrées autour de son port au fond d'une petite baie. Les cinq terres? Notre deuxième gros coup de coeur. Et dire qu'il y a à peine un an nous n'avions jamais entendu parler de cet endroit!Read more

  • Day336

    Day 337: Cinque Terre

    January 17, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    We got the luck we were hoping for, and the day dawned bright, clear and sunny. Time to get out and get filming! Did some stuff around Manarola (which was still completely dead), then grabbed a train north to Vernazza, the second town.

    For reference, the five towns are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.

    Vernazza was a bit bigger than Manarola and more was happening. Had a good look around, and watched in awe as the huge waves pounded the cliffs. Normally it's very sedate, as people putter around in little boats and tourists sun on the rocky beaches, but not today! Waves 10 metres high were crashing into the breakwaters and churning the entire bay.

    A common activity here in 5T is hiking the length of it. People start at Monterosso up the western end, then walk the full 11 miles to Riomaggiore at the eastern end. Unfortunately it's not possible at the moment since a huge landslide in 2012 damaged a lot of the paths, but regardless a lot of the paths close in winter anyway. So no walking for us!

    But we climbed up into the hills alongside Vernazza and headed off along the path. Some fantastic views up and down the coast, and it was tough going in places with lots of ups and downs. Eventually we got about 40 minutes out of town and decided to double-back, since it was about 2.5 hours to the next town and we weren't planning on going the whole way (especially not while carrying Schnitzel!).

    Back to Vernazza where we grabbed some sandwiches for lunch and wandered a bit more. Afterwards we hopped on the train for one stop to Monterosso where the terrain was much flatter and there was a long wide beach. Surprising! And the sea wasn't as rough here, though still probably not swimmable. Wandered up and down the (very quiet) beachfront, had a gelato naturally, then eventually headed back to Manarola.

    Spent the rest of the evening relaxing in our apartment and enjoying the sunset view. More home-cooked pasta for dinner!
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  • Day335

    Day 336: Eastwards to Cinque Terre

    January 16, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌫 10 °C

    Off we go again! Excited about this one, since we were heading for one of the most popular tourist stops in Italy - Cinque Terre, or the Five Towns. This is a cliff-edge national park famous for its small villages clinging to cliffs, beautiful beaches, brightly painted houses, and dramatic scenery. So yeah, definitely looking forward to it!

    Walked back up the hill through Genoa to the station where we caught a train to the main station on the other side of town. Then an hour on the express train that stopped at the first of Cinque Terre's five towns. Each town has its own station, but the all-stations trains only run a couple of times per hour (especially in winter, aka off-season).

    Waited 20 minutes for our connection before the slow train arrived, but all was good and we got to Manarola, the fourth town, at around 1pm. Our Airbnb host was waiting for us at the right spot, and she showed us the way to the apartment. It's a tiny little hillside town here, not really any roads and only tiny alleyways winding their way around. Definitely a maze to explore!

    Our apartment is great - perched right up on the cliff front overlooking the sea and the town. Despite the small size and dated fixtures, it would still fetch hundreds of dollars a night in summer so we'd definitely grabbed a bargain, even if it meant we couldn't go swimming down below.

    The weather had picked up quite a bit and was drizzling on and off, so we decided to just have a long lunch in the only restaurant in town that was open. Quite a few other shops, but they're mostly all closed for the season. Food was reasonable, though a little overpriced.

    Spent the next couple of hours poking around town, exploring laneways and then relaxing at home enjoying the view. Will go out and fully explore the other towns tomorrow for my world heritage video, hoping for good weather!
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  • May8


    May 8 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Back on the train to go to Manarola. From the station we walked in a long tunnel to get to the town. It had started drizzling so umbrella time. We ate a picnic lunch out near the baulwark and the rain ceased while we ate. Then on to the lookouts, another coffee and back to the station.

  • Day5

    A Day Exploring Cinque Terre Villages

    May 17, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

    After an early morning sunrise stroll through the terraced vineyards above Manarola, we headed out to visit 3 of the other 4 villages. Hop, skip, and a jump on the train to the tiny towns of Corniglia and Vernazza. Then after getting our feet wet in the Mediterranean Sea, we took a wonderful boat ride to the last little town of Riomaggiore. Finally back in our room, we are enjoying a great Italian custom - the afternoon Siesta!Read more

  • Day4

    Originating in Manarola!

    May 16, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 66 °F

    Apparently, the Cinque Terre is the birthplace of foccacia, pesto, and limoncello. And, since Manarola is right on the Mediterranean, they're famous for their seafood, especially anchovies, which taste nothing like they do in the US. And, of course, there's always gelato--in this case, lemon, strawberry, and pistachio, which happens to be in season right now! Here are a few pics. Missing is the pic of the pesto foccacia, and the pic of limoncello will have to wait until tomorrow, but we do have a pic of the fried anchovies. And for tonight's dinner, Taglierini ai Frutti di Mare (shrimp, clams, mussells, crab, and something else we'll have to look up) and Tagliatelloni alla Bottargae e Vongole (dried and salted roe and clams), followed by Piatto di Formaggi Misti (gorgonzola, pecorino, parmesan w/ onion marmalade).Read more

  • Day40

    Cinque Terre

    July 26, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    This morning we headed to the fresh food market and bought some fruit for the day. Our breakfast was focaccias and coffee. We caught a train to visit the towns along the Cinque Terre. We got off at Monterosso and headed towards the walking track. It was steep, had beautiful views and a person selling freshly juiced oranges along the way. There were vineyards, an accordion player and many vistas. We stopped at Vernazza where we jumped off the rocks into the water for a swim and we ate gelato. We continued walking along the trail to Corniglia where we stopped for another gelato. The path was closed for the remainder of the way so we caught the train to Manarola. We jumped off the pier and had drinks in the sun by the water. We caught the train to Riomaggiore and had beers on the rocks while watching the sunset. I unfortunately lost my round glasses between the cracks in the rocks. Dinner was seafood risotto and then a quick dash to catch the train back to La Spezia.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Manarola, Մանարոլա, マナローラ, 마나롤라, Manium Arola, Манарола, 马纳罗拉

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