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    • Day 9

      Cinque Terre

      April 19, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      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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    • Day 9

      Train strikes force change of plans

      April 13, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      As I have always said to Lissy and Emily, try to make the best out of every situation in which you find yourself.
      So we arrived in La Spezia on the 13th for two nights, with a plan to spend the 14th touring the famous Cinque Terre (5 cliff top villages close together). However, we arrived to the news that there was going to be a National rail strike on the 14th.
      So rather than killing time on 13th, we shot straight off to the Cinque Terre and visited two of the towns by walking the cliff top trail between them. We were probably deceived by the sign in Manarola which said Riomaggiore was only 1 kilometre away. Little did we know that it involves a 500 metre, near vertical climb up rocky steps, followed by a similar descent the other side! But those views!!
      Finished off with a beer and sandwich in a bar overlooking the sea.
      Fabulous afternoon.
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    • Rest & Relax in Riomaggiore

      June 11, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

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

      It’s just turned 6pm. Wine 🍷 time on the terrace. Sun ☀️ is high in the sky on a 30 degree day. Oh! I dread 😬 coming back to Winter 🥶 after being treated to a second Summer 🌺
      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 😦 attack hoping your case doesn’t go universal the strict requirements… more than allowance equals big bucks 💰 extra! 🥹

      Been for 3 swims 🏊‍♂️ today and I’m feeling relaxed but I must admit that a week looking a pretty painted houses 🏘 and navigating 🧭 steps and hills and rocks 🪨 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. 😝😝😝😊

      Richard & I went into the local deli and bought some goats 🐐 cheese 🧀 which is yum 😋 and focaccia, strawberries 🍓 (with taste!) and freshly picked olives 🫒 for pre dinner 🍽 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 😎😎😎

      Enjoy Riomaggiore by day… ☀️🍋🥐🍕🍸🍷🚄
      I’ll take some nighttime representation when the sun goes down. At 9pm 😝😝😝
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    • Nautical Nights 🌄🛟🛶🌓

      June 11, 2022 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

      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 😝😝😝
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    • Ravishing Riomaggiore: Final Act

      June 12, 2022 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

      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 🍷 Limoncello 🍋 and cannoli…

      No words 😶
      Just mindful moments of appreciation 🇮🇹☀️🌿
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    • Day 12

      La Spezia, Riomaggiore und Regen

      September 24, 2022 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

      La Spezia war uns zu sehr Stadt am Meer, Marinehafen zwar interessant aber für den letzten Urlaubstag irgendwie nicht passend.
      Also weiter Richtung Norden und mal die Cinque Terre ins Visier genommen. 5 Dörfer direkt am Meer, da darf man nicht mit dem Auto rein. Man nimmt ein Schiff oder die Bahn, oder Fahrrad oder eben zu Fuß.
      Die Park4night App zeigt uns einen nachts kostenlosen Parkplatz direkt über dem Dorf Riomaggiore an,det auch für Busse oder Wohnmobile geeignet und erlaubt ist. Bis 22 Uhr müssen wir aber zahlen - 1EUR /h - das ist ok.
      Weil die Fahrräder fast leer sind werden wir wohl nach einem Mittagessen mal da runter wandern.
      Aber, es regnet und es soll auch nicht wieder aufhören...
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    • Day 12

      Cinque Terre - Riomaggiore

      September 24, 2022 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

      Sind dann nach einem Mittagessen und Nickerchen dann doch mit dem Rad los, (hatten wohl noch Strom für 18km) als es dann kurz trocken war. Ziemlich steil bergab, viele Treppen, aber Komoot wollte daher. Strasse fahren- viel zu langweilig.
      Tolles kleines Dorf am Meer.
      Damit ich dann überhaupt noch ins Meer komme (Morgen fahren wir hier sehr früh los und heim - zum Tatort zu Hause???) musste ich dann in der Altstadt am Rande des Ministrand (Badebereich von 20m2) von den Klippen springen. (nicht meine Idee, haben das vorher von weit oben bei einem anderen Pärchen beobachtet-keine Polizia, also darf ich das auch)
      Endlich Mittelmeersalz auf der Haut...
      Nach einem kleinen Snack müssen wir nur noch den Berg wieder hoch, kurze Übernachtung und dann leider auf dem kürzesten Weg wieder heim.
      Danke an meine Nine für dieses tolle Urlaubsziel Italia-Toscana 💋❤️💜💗
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    • Day 31

      Silencio Bruno! - Die 5 Fischerdörfchen

      October 28, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Heute sind wir die 5 Dörfchen in Cinque Terre mit dem Zug abgefahren. Dafür haben wir einfach einen Reisetag von Interrail genutzt, den wir noch übrig hatten.
      Morgens starteten wir in Riomaggiore - Lillys Highlight für den gesamten Ort. Dadurch, dass keine Hauptsaison mehr ist, war es herrlich leer und wir hatten tolle Aussichten.
      Weiter ging es nach Mazarola, ebenfalls ein atemberaubender Ort! Unser dritter Stop war Corneligia, welches auf einem Berg liegt. Also viele Treppenstufen hoch, die Aussicht hat sich dafür gelohnt. In Vernazza (dem 4. Stop) brauchten wir eine Pause. Was eignet sich dafür besser als Espresso, Pasta & Pizza? Wir haben auch “Triofe al pesto” probiert, was wohl besonders bekannt hier sein soll (Kartoffelnudeln mit grünem Pesto). Auch Vernazza hatte einen umwerfenden Charme, hach! Was ebenfalls nicht fehlen darf, ist Eis - an unserem letzten Stop in Monterosso. Eigentlich war unser Plan gar nicht alle Dörfchen heute zu besuchen, aber es hat so Spaß gemacht, dass wir das einfach gemacht haben.
      Wir kommen aus dem Schwärmen gar nicht mehr raus, so schön war es! Die nächsten Tage bewandern wir die Routen noch, um alles aus einem anderen Blickwinkel zu betrachten.
      Max hatte immernoch nicht genug und ist sogar noch zwei Stunden zusätzlich wandern gegangen. So viel Energie hätte ich (Lilly) manchmal auch gerne!

      P.S. “silencio bruno” ist ein Zitat aus dem Disneyfilm Luca, der in Cinque Terre spielt. Wir waren also auch etwas auf Spurensuche nach “Drehorten”.
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    • Day 6

      Cinque Terre

      June 25, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      We made our way to the Western Coast of Italy, the Italian Riviera. Cinque terre is a series of 5 villages which date back to the 11th century along the rugged Italian Riviera with distinctive colourful buildings up the steep hills. Breathtaking views, cliffside vineyards, scenic hiking trails and bustling harbours. Each village had at least 1 church, always open and masses available on most days at each village. The food … fantastic fresh seafood and delicious pasta and quite partial to a Limoncello Spritz! The down side is that it is either a steep uphill or downhill climb to get anywhere and these are not normal steps. They’ve been built into the rock over hundreds of years and there is no consistency in height, depth, anything so you can’t get into a pattern. Some of the descents are knee wreckers!

      Our hostess for the 4 days we had planned here was an eccentric Italian lady and her son. She would always call on video which was rather entertaining if we were not fully dressed! We had to squeeze our car into her garage as there is very little parking with her barking instructions to stop, turn, come, stop. When we asked for directions she would give you the first part and then tell you to video call. She would look at the screen and direct you with No, No just listen …

      Tourists move around the villages by train or ferry or hiking trial so every hour or so there is a new wave of arrivals, hundreds at a time squeezing into the small streets.

      We stayed at Riomaggiore, the most Southern of the five. The others are Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. They are all connected by hiking trial, ferry or train. We did a mixture of all three and enjoyed visiting each of the villages. It has been incredibly hot so the often dipping into the Med has been very welcome. We also visited another close seaside town, Portovenere, which is a little bigger, and has an old castle at the top of the hill with gorgeous views over the village and rugged coast line. There are plenty of narrow lane ways with quaint shops and restaurants.
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    • Day 13

      Jour 13 - Les Cinque Terre

      August 3, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Ce matin nous avons pris le train direction Riomaggiore, un des 5 petits villages des Cinque Terre. Après 2h de train nous avons pu admirer la beauté de ce village à flanc de falaise, typique de la région de Ligurie.
      Nous avons déjeuné puis nous nous sommes promenés dans le village et sur le littoral.
      En début d’après-midi nous avons rejoint Manarola, un second village des Cinque Terre, par la montagne : nous avons dû sacrément grimper pour arriver à destination 🥵 mais la montée en valait la peine, le village était tout aussi magnifique que le premier.
      Malgré le temps nuageux, nous avons passé une super journée. Nous sommes rentrés vers 21h à Gênes et avons dégusté un délicieux burger, pour changer des pizzas 😋

      Demain, nous visitons Portofino, les paysages risquent d’être tout aussi jolis 😉
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Riomaggiore, リオマッジョーレ, Rimazò

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