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Sentiero Azzurro Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre

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  • Day34

    Swimming in the Mediterranean

    September 29, 2017 in Italy

    Can't really come here and not dip your toe in right?

    We walked along what looked like an abandoned and uncared for esplanade area, found the remnants of an abandoned touristy area, managed to stumble upon an entrance which took you down a tunnel where there was so much blood that it looked like someone had been murdered there the night before, found a rickety ladder with a bit of rope dangling off the bottom from which you could just reach to get into the ocean.

    Craig went first, kids followed, I minded the gear, but then we agreed it would be impossible for a person with a dodgy shoulder to get back up again. Thus, my toe has remained undipped. It was cold, so not sure I mind so much.
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  • Day25

    Cinque Terra (IT)

    August 1, 2017 in Italy

    Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera, comprising of five small coastal villages. Made use of a boat tour to visit the villages. These hamlets either cling to the cliff face or are concealed in small inlets. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside.

    From the last village it was a scenic train ride back to La Spezia, and from there a bus back to the campsite in Lerici.
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  • Day10

    Day 10: Cinque Terre

    October 18, 2017 in Italy

    Cinque Terre; we looked forward to this trip. Also had to look forward since there was a text that we received on Mariska her phone that we needed to check in before 15:00. This was early and we checked Maps and our little GuideBook. It was 1hour 15 drive to Riomaggiore and 1hour 30 to Monterosso. These 2 should be the only 2 that you could get to by car and were the outermost 2. From South to North it was Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza & Monterosso that made Cinque Terre. The 2 walking routes from Rio to Corni should take 30 minutes each and the other 2 would be 1:45 each. However, the route between Mana & Corni was destroyed so you had to walk through Volastra and would take 3 hours instead of 30 minutes. Therefore, we chose the fastest route coming from Riomaggiore with the sun in our backs. It should take us 5 hours without breaks so we had to wake up early and leave around 9:00. We did and when we parked the car we noticed that this was a beautiful area with steep rock formations and wonderful views at sea. We asked a map at the tourist office for the walking routes and here we heard that also the first track was jammed and under construction. We asked directions and she said to go down and find the path there… this was messed up since all the way down you could see that the path was all the way up… so adding this delay with the start of walking up and down for nothing made our next decision an adventurous one ;-). We walked from the centre up and 2 other dutchies walked up the road also looking for the way to Corniglia. They had an app with the routes and where still doubting where to go. We were in a slightly rush so we started walking the way up, not going back since this was quite a bit and not going where they came from since that was the blocked route. We found out within 10 minutes that this road also was a dead end…. for most people… but I figured that the locals would never go all the way back and would use some sort of path… well there was one. We tried it and found our way through thorn bushes and steep edges but our goal was to skip the big bridge and end on the other side of the valley. We ended up through a fence on an abandoned soccerfield. Looking on google maps we were in the middle of nowhere but there was a little road on maps that should show up somewhere on the other side.. but mean thorn bushes grew over the fence and were in our way. Going over the fence was no option so we searched and luckily, we found a quite wide way through and so we came on the road up to the bridge. At first this felt like a bad start with all the scratches and the loss of time… but when we walked through the tunnel and saw Manarola, we guessed we skipped 1 hour of the original advised route that went around the bridge & tunnel more up high.
    We pushed past Manarola since walking down to it would costs us time and energy and we didn’t know jet if we would make it. I also did send a message to the lady from the accommodation that, since this was too much guessing and stressing for us, I couldn’t promise an arrival before 15:00 and would pay the fine that apparently was something they charged here. We could have done Manarola time wise… but energy wise it was good we didn’t. The steep climb to Volastra was fun and tough in the sun, we noticed that even the locals used a tractor to move stuff down from there. We passed some Americans and logically we met more people going the other direction, some saying encouraging stuff and others the opposite haha ;-). In Volastra we were sure we had all the time we needed since the signs said how far Corniglia was. Eventually we arrived 1 hour early and with this we had time for a little siesta. Wonderfull since after that little rest we could enjoy the area and have some drinks with an amazing sunset. Finish off with some more drinks and a well-deserved diner with view on the Corniglia and on the edge of being drunk we walked back and off course bumped in to the other dutchies who eventually did take the long way round and took longer with less nice views (nice to hear that it was good that we didn’t take the suggested route ;-) ). Mission accomplished, lots of fun and many adventures :D.
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  • Day11

    Cinque Terre

    November 23, 2017 in Italy

    Walk from Corniglia to Vernazza

    All things considered, we weren't too sore after the hike yesterday. We had great ambitions to do the walk from Corniglia to Vernazza then onto Monterorosso al Mare when we woke up. But when we got to Vernazza from Corniglia, I decided to stop there and train back to Riomaggiorre as my legs were burning and I did want to be able to walk without too much pain tomorrow. The track we did was 4 km, and it was certainly a path more travelled as it was wider, had more even steps, no loose rocks underfoot, and even had guardrails. The walk started with a 360 step climb up to Corniglia before leveling off. It was certainly busy, which made it difficult to have a natural break, a big issue for Ruby.

    For lunch in Vernazza, we found a Salumeria which is like a deli. We were tickled to see that bread was sold in lumps, or part of a loaf, and by weight. We chose our bread, cold meats and cheese. Each ingredient was weighed and costed separately, and the lady very kindly assembled it into sandwiches for us. Most quaint. We took our sandwich and had a picnic near the water. We also had to stop for gelato before catching the train back to Riomaggiorre.

    It was a very lazy day as we were back at the apartment by 3.30pm. It is a nice change to be showered and changed for dinner. Leisurely watching the sunset from our apartment windows. Unlike most evenings, when we would get dinner on the way back to the accomadation or go without dinner once back to the accomadations, too tired to go out again.
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  • Day4

    3 town day

    October 7, 2017 in Italy

    Yesterday we hiked 1/2 way to the town south of us to find the trail washed out along the ocean. So we trekked back to the train station and hitched a ride. We probably walked the same distance from Corniglia to Manarola. The first part from Corniglia from the town to sea level directly down some stairs. The rest was relatively level. Had a great time touring the city. Lunch was spaghetti with meat sauce. Great. Ordered what we thought was lemonade, but was a lemon flavour shooter. Met a nice couple from Wisconsin at the next table. Margot bought a nice sweater and some scarfs. Train back to Corniglia for a nap before dinner. Wound up in a bar just before early closing and had ravioli for dinner. Reservations are needed on the weekends.
    Today was the 3 town day including Corniglia. We trekked north to Vernazza. A 3km hike that the guide said would take 1 1/2 hours. I laughed as I repeated this to Margot. Well it took us one hour 20 not including the break for fresh squeezed orange juice at the 1/2 way point. Toured the town with a pizza lunch break. Next with took a train to the most northen of the Cinque terre towns, Monterosso. A busy place with a beach for showing off the most skin and little fabric as one could. Had a gelati break. Temps today were low 20s. Train back to Corniglia for a nap. We've walked each way to the train station here by road to avoid the stairs down to the trail. 3/4 mile each way. Photos are from yesterday as Max per post is 6. Running 6 miles each morning before a day of walking has played havoc on my quads. Basically 900 ft of climb over 3 miles. Then to run down hill as well. There is no flat portions.
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  • Day3

    Vacation starts today

    October 6, 2017 in Italy

    Traveled overnight from Toronto to Rome. Not much sleep and airport food sucks. Arrived in Rome and one hour later thru customs. Always moving, but it seems from the gate to to customs to baggage we traveled the airport twice. Had a an amazing sandwich and cuppachino at the airport. Then onto the train for a 4 hour ride to Corniglia. Checked in to our air bnb room, cleaned up and had an amazing seafood pasta dinner with seafood appetizers. The church bells ring here every half hour from 6 am to 9 pm. Up at 6 am this morning for a run to the next town. 2 miles up and 1 mile down. Then turn around to come back. Had a pre breakfast. Now to go for another breakfast, pack a lunch and walk to the town I just ran to. Apparently, there is a shorter path to get there.Read more

  • Day36

    Cinque Terre

    August 31, 2016 in Italy

    A must see UNESCO protected villages. Colorful with amazing views all around. The road to here is a killer though and I mean literally as we almost got hit by a speeding car on a steep narrow road. I advise the train or the boat to see the amazing villages.

  • Day5

    Cinque Terre Treats

    May 17, 2017 in Italy

    Cafe Latte d' Amore to get us going
    A little vino to keep us going
    Dinner to cap it all off!

    Antipasti Misti
    Spaghetti alle Vongole Veraci (spaghetti with fresh local clams)
    Trofie al Pesto (local fresh spiral pasta with pesto)
    Torte Ligure di Noci (typical Ligurian walnut cake)
    Limoncello

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Sentiero Azzurro Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre

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