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Vernazza

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  • Day25

    A day at Cinque Terre

    January 8, 2017 in Italy

    A very early start today. We had another private tour guide again today Alessandro. He picked us up at 8am and we headed of to Pisa. We climbed up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It was just beautiful the tower and the climb. Climbing up was an unusual experience, I felt a bit motion sickness. One minute you lean one way and the next you are going the other way. The grounds were very well kept and we were there early and it wasn't too busy.
    Back in the car and we head to Cinque Terre which means 5 towns close together and is a national park. A little different to our national parks. Alessandro takes us to the most picturesque town first Manarola, unfortunately the clouds came over so there sun to make the photos pop. We caught a train to the next town which takes 4 minutes and you are in a tunnel the whole time. Then we decided to have lunch before a walk. Alessandro booked us into a restaurant and because we were on the coast seafood was on the menu. Octapus, clams, mussels, calamari, prawns and fish. We all have pasta dishes, Brodie had tomato sauce, Kellie pesto, Dave prawns and mine was spicy tomato. Daves prawns were like skinny yabbies, he wouldn't suck the shells so I did. After lunch we walk to the next town. There were a lot of steps and if you weren't going up you were going down. The walk was along the coast line through peoples backyard and farms. I am amazed I don't have holes in my jacket I hugged the rock face most of the way and if we met someone coming the other way I made sure I wasn't near the edge. Along the way there was a ledge of rock were cats lived and you feed them and give a donation for food if you want to. We only saw one cat, so we had our Millie fix. The walk took us about 2hrs and my joints are now seized. Alessandro once again picked us up, by this stage its 4.30 and we had watch the sun set at the end of the walk. He tells us he will take us to Lucca on the way home were we can either bike ride or walk around the city wall. We are all wondering how we were actually going find the energy for another walk. Before we get to Lucca we say that we have had enough as it's dark and we won't see much. It was another long drive home, and the Italians certainty have a different style of driving. We get home abot 7pm and it's hard work climbing the stairs. My fitbit is reading 22525 steps, 15.74kms and 160 stairs. It's time to crawl into bed.

    Photo 1 - Leaning Tower of Pisa
    Photo 2 - Manarola
    Photo 3 - Train staion at Manarola
    Photo 4 - The cats on the walk
    Photo 5 - The walking track
    Photo 6 - A view from the walk
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  • Day34

    Cinque Terre: Hiking trail

    September 29, 2017 in Italy

    There are shorter walks between each village of the Cinque Terre, but only two of them are currently open. [Craig was joking that the 2 hour lunch break from 1pm-3pm played havoc with the maintenance people's ability to get to the bits that needed maintenance before they turned around to go back again for their lunch break.]

    There was a lot of UP, and then thankfully some DOWN to get to Corniglia. I did catch snippets from Kate along the lines of "I am not built for this!" and "This is the best 'down' EVER!". The views were spectacular along the way, so a 1.5 hours well spent. Amazingly, no sore muscles the next day, but I guess one thing we have done on this holiday is a lot of walking. We are conditioned (beneath the layer of wine-, gelati- and pasta-induced adipose tissue).Read more

  • Day9

    Dag 9. De rest van 5Terre.

    September 18 in Italy

    We weten nu hoe het moet en zonder problemen bussen en treinen we vlotjes naar Vernazza, het vierde dorpje van 5Terre. Na een beetje rondlopen tussen de horden toeristen nemen we het kustpad naar Monterosso. We zijn duidelijk niet de enigen die het 3 km lange pad aflopen. Mitzi wordt door alle Amerikaanse tegenliggers bepoteld en geprezen. Gelukkig zijn er onderweg genoeg beekjes en bronnetjes zodat ze af en toe kan afkoelen. De afkoeling is voor ons wat minder als we 200 meter stijgen en dalen voordat we ons op een terrasje kunnen nestelen voor een glaasje DOC 5Terre. We nemen een quasi lege trein terug naar Riomaggiore waar we nog wat rondslenteren en inkopen doen voor we via La Spezia terug naar ons appartementje in Cadimare reizen. We sluiten ons Italiaans avontuur af met een pizza buiten op het terras.Read more

  • Day6

    Hiking trails in Cinque Terre

    July 28, 2017 in Italy

    Slept in until 9:30 this morning, which was wonderful. Once we dragged ourselves out of bed, we walked down to town and had an espresso and cornettos, and bought some focaccia/meat/cheese to pack for lunch.

    Some of the trails are still closed from natural disasters, so we took the train over to Cornelia (it was late, no real surprise) and began the trail over to Vernazza. The coastal trail we hiked was one of the more difficultly rated ones, and while it wasn't too difficult for us, it definitely gave us a good workout. The views were spectacular, and we had to make sure we stopped to admire the view, as the risk of admiring it while walking carried the risk of a twisted ankle.

    Going down was probably harder than going up, but once we made it to Vernazza, we had a fantastically delicious and refreshing lemon granita. We found a roped off cave (which we ignored) that lead to a beautiful beach.
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  • Day11

    ‍Today we left the hotel at 8:30 am and headed to Cinque Terre and then on to Florence.   We took the tour bus to La Spezia.  Then we got on a boat and sailed to Vernazza the 4th City of Cinque Terre.  We had a guide on the boat who told us all about Cinque Terre and he also gave us a short introductory your of Vernazza.  John and I decided to climb the tower  (150 steps) to get some good pictures of the city.  Then we found a little restaurant and bought pizza and lemon sodas. While we were eating I saw people stopping over a rope into an area with a No Trespassing sign. When I finished eating, I went to see where everyone was going.  It turned out the area lead to a beach area.  When we finished lunch, we scouted out the location of recommended Gelato shop.  John got lemon and strawberry and I got pistachio and cinnamon.  Cinnamon is now my new favorite.

    For the let of the trip from Cinque Terre to Florence we took the train. When we arrived in Florence, we got on a bus that took us to our tour bus and the tour bus took us close to the hotel.  Near the hotel, we said goodbye to our driver Daniele.  We got our room keys and were taken to our room.  Our luggage was waiting on our room.  We had a connecting room and one of the couples (Deb & Pete) had the other room that connected to ours.  We discovered that the connecting does were not locked and if we tried to close either door it opened the other for.  Pete called the front desk and they sent someone up to lock both doors.  Then we showered and for ready for dinner.

    We walked the 5 minutes to the restaurant, Il Caminetto.   Our reservation was for about 7:45 pm. We could select the courses.  I selected pasta stuffed with ricotta and spinach, the filet in chianti wine sauce and for chocolate candies and Sherry.   John chose the filet in chianti wine sauce, roasted potatoes and Pana Cotta.  Florence recommended we ask for our steaks medium or they would come out too rare.    She was correct, mine was cooked perfectly.  The filet was high (almost twice the size of a filet in the States).  And of course we had all the wine we wanted.  Whoever told me they had small plates in Italy hasn't been here recently.  We headed back to the hotel at about 10:20 pm.  We relaxed for a bit then headed to bed.
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  • Day103

    Cinque Terre 1, Italy

    August 17, 2017 in Italy

    We've arrived in Vernazza to a cute little apartment overlooking the fishing bay. There are five villages along the Liguria Coast, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso that make up Cinque Terre. I knew I wanted to hike the villages but unfortunately most of the trails were closed due to landslips and overuse. I set off from Vernazza and decided to walk to Monterosso which happened to be the most challenging walk of the four trails! From Monterosso, I continued on to Mesco and finally Levanto. This was one of the hardest walks I've ever done and I battled my way through the rocky terrain, hundred of stairs and 28 degree heat. When I made it to Mesco, the view was unbelievable and photos just don't do it justice. You can clearly see all five villages along the coastline each with their own individual architecture and character. There was no one else up on the peak with me so it was truly peaceful and another "pinch me" moment where I had to think about how lucky I am to be living the life I live. I made my way down to Levanto for a much needed swim, water and Powerade after walking over 17km and 183 flights of stairs. This was so so challenging and I could have easily given up but I'm so glad I pushed through the pain and finished what I'd set out to do!Read more

  • Day105

    Cinque Terre 2, Italy

    August 19, 2017 in Italy

    Another day full of adventure in Cinque Terre saw us venture down the coast to Manarola, Riomaggiore and Portovenere. Manarola is beautiful with some great swimming spots and the village is a little bigger than where we've been staying in Vernazza. Riomaggiore was quite dirty and unimpressive but it was good to make the visit nonetheless and Portovenere is similar to all of the villages just on a larger scale. Portovenere also had the most amazing gelato, snickers & Nutella, so it was totally worth the trip! Overall Cinque Terre has been a beautiful place to visit and something totally different from the big cities. The villages are rundown and old but this adds to their character and is what makes the place such an attraction. It's a shame it's so popular as I'd imagine it would be amazing with less people around. The unfortunate problem we've encountered is being here in peak season with every other traveler in the world, in particular those off the cruise ships who visit for the day. The villages here aren't equipped to deal with so many tourists which makes it a bit of a challenge finding restaurants, toilets and public transport. The local Italians are also so rude and unfriendly, which is clearly a response to the huge number of tourists invading their hometowns.Read more

  • Day13

    Sunday

    September 17, 2017 in Italy

    17th September
    We really like this place where we are staying for a couple of nights it's a B&B and our hosts are friendly, they don't speak English but we are managing quite well. We take the train into La Spezia and onto Cinque Terre, it's a rugged piece of coastline on the Italian Riviera and comprises of five villages. The coastline, the five villages and the surrounding hillside are all part of The Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is reached by train, we buy a ticket and then get on and off at each village, it is a very popular tourist destination and today it's extremely busy. It is all fascinating, we didn't quite know what to expect but we have a fantastic day, it's very warm too. When we head back to La Spezia it is so busy that we only just manage to cram onto the train, an uncomfortable journey, thank goodness it's quite short. Our last night in Italy, we eat pasta & drink red wine in Sarzana before walking back to base. Heading for the French Alps tomorrow.Read more

  • Day100

    Rome, Italy

    August 14, 2017 in Italy

    Another footprint for Rome because it's just that amazing! We've visited the Piazza Venezia which absolutely blew my mind. It is this incredibly huge white marble building, flanked by Italian flags with horse, angel and roman god statues everywhere. It's absolutely beautiful! There were about 100 stairs to the top and I was so proud of Nana because she managed to climb up all of them! We also visited the Trevi fountain along with hundreds of other people, and made a wish as we threw our money in.Read more

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