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Piazza Europa

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  • Day12

    Cinque Terre

    November 24, 2017 in Italy

    Last day in Riomagiorre,
    We had a nice relaxing stroll around the town centre, had coffee and a look good look at Riomagiorre itself. Then Roberto, our porter came to heave our heavy suitcases, one on his shoulder and the other in his hand like it was so light, along the narrow paths, down to the paved area where he could roll the suitcases, to the train station for our journey to Bologna. Roberto told us that his grandmother had to walk to La Spezia 2 to 3 times a day with grapes in a basket on her head, when there weren't any trains at Cinque Terre. La Spezie is twice the distance of our hike to Portovenere.Read more

  • Day212

    La Spezía, Italy

    March 30 in Italy

    Today was a disappointment. I had requested a tour to go to Florence which I didn’t get. So Jackson and I just went out to explore La Spezía instead. There however was nothing here. There was the beginnings of a boat show for the weekend along the harbour but everything everywhere was deserted. There wasn’t much to see, we’re just sitting in the cruise terminal using the wifi to fill in time until we start work. Coming back here I would push harder to get on the Florence tour.Read more

  • Day3

    La Spezia

    September 10 in Italy

    Nach gefühlten 1000 Tunnel und einer kleinen "Erkundungsfahrt" in die höher gelegenen Straßen (super Aussicht auf die Stadt und das Meer) in La Spezia angekommen.

  • Day6

    The day began with a late start, as usual. We had a guided tour of the Lamborgini Museum and we were getting late. It took us 20 minutes to get to the car as we had to carry all our stuff back to the parking lot, which was a 12-15 minute walk. Since we hadn't eaten breakfast we stopped for a quick brunch at a highway service station. After our quick meal, we rushed to the museum and barely made it there in time. The museum was small but definitely impressive. There were many cars on display, there were no ropes and we could get as close to the cars as we wanted (without actually touching them). We saw many cars, some were no longer in production, some were used in movies, but every single one had a story behind it. The most interesting part was getting to know all the stories and learn about the history of this prestigious car brand. After our 1-1.5 hr tour of the museum, we were on our way to La Spezia. Once we arrived we carried the usual routine of carrying the luggage up to the apartment without an elevator. After meeting with our hosts and getting freshened up, we took a walk through the town's center in search of dinner. Being tired of pasta, we decided to eat sushi at iSushi. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal as it broke the monotony of pasta and pizza. After the meal we walked towards the water, it was beautiful and we were just in time for the sunset. On the way back to the apartment, we stopped for gelato. The only reason we choose this particular place was because of its loud lively music. We sat outside and enjoyed the assortment of flavors of gelato we ordered. By the time we got back to the apartment it was time for bed and like that, the day concluded.Read more

  • Day32

    Cinque Terre

    June 30 in Italy

    During our trip to Cinque Terre we actually stayed in a B&B in the train station at La Spezia and just took the train into the different towns. This wound up being a great place to stay since trains ran regularly to the 5 towns and there was surprisingly little noise! We started our trip in Cinque Terre by eating some pesto pasta since the dish originated from this area. We then spent the day at the beach in the furthest town, Monterosso al Mare. The beach was nice since the water was clear and it was a sand beach instead of a rock beach like Positano. We then took the train to the closest town, Riomaggiore and watched the sunset from the rocks then had seafood risotto for dinner. We started the next day briefly in Riomaggiore since Dad wanted to get pictures of the town with morning sun. We then took the train to Corniglia so that we could hike from Corniglia to Vernazza along the famous blue path. The views were incredible on the hike but we made two huge mistakes. First of all we started our hike at noon right during the heat of the day. Secondly, I read only to hike in pants to avoid bug bites so I wore jeans for the hike. The hike got to be so unbearably hot that halfway through I decided to change from jeans to a pair of shorts I had in my bag right in the middle of the trail. At that point I couldn’t care less about privacy, I didn’t even look to see if anyone was nearby on either side. All I wanted was the sweet relief of breeze between my legs which felt amazing after hiking in jeans for half the trail. Luckily nobody walked by while I was changing! When we got to Vernazza we went to lunch at a place called Belforte which was an old fortress turned into a restaurant that overlooks the water. It was nice being able to sit down and have a nice long lunch after our tiring hike and the food was amazing! I got the squid ink pasta and for dessert dad and I shared the pan fryed strawberries with a side of vanilla gelato. Tasty tasty! Next, we set out on a mission to see where the best gelato was in Cinque Terre by trying the two best rated places. Our first stop was at Gelateria Vernazza. I got the lemon and sweet wine and Dad got the chocolate and lemon. It was so good that when Dad spilled some on his camera he decided to lick it off! The next stop was back in Corniglia at Alberto Gelateria. I got the local honey, and ricotta with chocolate chip and pistachio flavors. It was also really tasty! Dad preferred Gelateria Vernazza but I had trouble decided which place I liked more. After that we went back to Riomaggiore for a sunset cruiser that we booked on a whim earlier that morning. The actual cruise itself was nothing too exceptional. It stopped outside each of the five towns which was nice getting to see them from the water. However the people in our group were absolutely amazing and made the cruise one of the biggest highlights of our trip so far! Four of the women were all breast cancer survivors from Wisconsin who are part of a dragon boat team together. They compete in a league composed entirely of teams of breast cancer survivors. Every four years there is a huge international competition which moves locations similar to the Olympics. This time around it is in Florence so they are traveling in Italy before the competition. There was also a couple from London who started dating when they were 15 and have now been dating for 15 years. They spent three years traveling the world together and their favorite place that the guy Matt has been was surprisingly America because he fell in love with county music! They were the only non-Americans on our cruise so we called them honorary Americans and he sang lots of country songs while we sailed. The couple was actually in Cinque Terre on accident. A year ago they were at a wedding in Italy and they were up late drinking and partying and missed their flight. The girl, Kayleigh tried to book a flight out of Pisa and accidentally booked one for the next year. Since it wasn’t refundable they decided to just make a mini vacation out of it a year later! Also on our cruise we’re two solo women travelers, one who is between jobs and traveling for two months and the other who is from Overland Park. We all had a blast taking with each other on the boat! Towards the end of the ride our boat driver asked if anyone wanted to swim as mostly a joke. I had to pee really badly and I have my swimsuit on so I got dad to jump in with me. We inspired two of the cancer survivors to also jump in even though they weren’t wearing swimsuits! One of them before jumping in was warned to make sure she had nothing in her pockets and her response was “I don’t have pockets I have grandchildren!” and then she promptly dived in. During our brief swim, our boat driver started blasting music from Jaws to try and scare us which didn’t really work but was hilarious. There was unlimited wine included in the cruise and after it was over we asked our driver how much wine we had. We apparently went through 10 bottles during our 2 hour cruise. There were 10 of us so we went through a bottle a person which we viewed as an accomplishment! We all had so much fun together and didn’t want to say bye yet so our entire cruise decided to go to a bar together afterwards for more drinks and food. It was great being able to continue the fun with everyone and such a unique and memorable experience! I didn’t drink much on the boat since I had to pee badly during most of it so Dad got more drunk than I did which I teased him about :). We never made it to the town of Manarola but it was worth it to get to spend time with such a fun group of people!Read more

  • Day39

    La Spezia

    July 25, 2017 in Italy

    We were up early and headed to the train station to met Annie. We traveled by train from Rome to La Spezia passing scenic views of the ocean along the way.
    We checked into our AirBnB which was right near the train station and then found a pizza restaurant for lunch. We walked down to the waterfront area and had Aperol Spritz. We watched the beautiful sunset over the water. We had fun doing a few boomerang videos with Dane as our photographer. We ate dinner at an Italian restaurant, seafood pasta with locally caught mussels and a litre of local wine.Read more

  • Day3

    Wine tasting wash out.

    September 19, 2017 in Italy

    Today we where docked in La Spezia, Italy 🇮🇹.
    As we had the wine tasting and hot air balloon excursion booked for the afternoon, I just had a walk in the town and visited the Cathedral of Christ, which is a very modern building with a very modern interior on the lines of the Liverpool Catholic cathedral.
    Not very interesting, but nice enough.
    The town itself although quite run down in appearance, did have some very ornate architecture.
    In the afternoon as I said we had the excursion booked, this was free to all pinnacle members, and $99 to anyone else.
    It was a trip to a vineyard in Tuscony, about an hour and a half away from La Spezia, a place called Cenaia.
    We were supposed to have a wine tasting then watch some hot air balloons go up.
    We where sat outside in the vineyard, it was a beautiful rustic setting, just how you would imagine an Italian vineyard to be. We were just having the third wine, when we heard the first clap of thunder then the lightning 🌩, then the heavens opened, not rain, but hailstones the size of frozen peas.
    Needless to say everyone piled inside for shelter.
    The storm then turned into torrential rain and the thunder and lightning 🌩 got worse, at one point knocking out all the lighting in the building.
    After about 30 minutes it showed no signs of letting up so some people asked to be taken back to the ship, as there was no chance of the balloons going up in that weather.
    So Michael Bailey the CEO arranged for a bus to come back early and those that wanted went back to the ship 🛳, myself Maz and Sue included.
    Having said all that, it was still a very enjoyable day, and was worth doing.
    Oh yes and the people who had paid for the trip where promised refunds on their tickets, so no problems there then.
    We did learn some interesting stuff on the coach to the vineyard, such as the seeing the mountains where they cut the world famous Carrara marble, this is the pure white marble that was used on most of the statues by Michaelangelo and the like.
    Until the guide told us, I just thought that it was snow 🌨 on the mountains.
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