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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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      Traveler

      Wow looks nice

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    • Day 29

      Dinner in Monterosso

      May 24, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

      The girls took the train and met us in Monterosso, the biggest of the 5 towns.

      The restaurant we ate at (brilliant idea to make burgers with focaccia) is in a building over 600 years old.

      We stumbled upon an interesting little church that looks very ominous and is called the Brotherhood of Death and Prayer, but was actually a group that helped widows, orphans, shipwreck survivors, and buried the poor. The interior is a little surreal with all of the skeletons.Read more

      Traveler

      😮

      5/25/22Reply
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      Looks yummy

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      Traveler

      Is this for Grandpa Jack's benefit? We all know how much he loves green olives😉

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    • Day 145

      Cinque Terre Riomaggiore

      February 28 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      Gestern Nachmittag haben wir beschlossen, einen Ausflug in La Spezia zu unternehmen.
      Ursprünglich wollten wir mit dem Bus P nach Porto Venere fahren.
      Morgen gehen wir zeitig frühstücken und dann in die Stadt. Wir warten auf dem Bus, können jedoch nicht mitfahren, da man hierzu nur ein Ticket außerhalb kaufen kann und wir ohne diesen Ticket keinen Einlass in den Bus bekommen. Wir gehen weiter zum Bahnhof und kaufen dort statt der Cinque Terre Card, welche fast 16 € kostet nur ein normales Ticket nach Rio Maggiore, es kostet Tour retour pro Person 5 € dann warten wir am Bahnhof auf unseren Zug nach sestri Levante 12.15 Abfahrt jede Stunde... .zurück um14.35Read more

    • 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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      wow Troy it is so beautiful at night xx [M]

      6/11/22Reply
      Traveler

      Every single town is like a magical storybook land… They are really beautiful… The pictures probably don’t even really catch exactly how they are.

      6/12/22Reply
      Traveler

      Gorgeous! So beautiful by night too. Your apartment is definitely awesome! Dream stuff. Cannot wait to see and hear about Manarola. Ciao bello !

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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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      Traveler

      Your pictures and videos have been just delightful to see, you certainly have done justice to this lovely place the deep blue of the sea looks so inviting. You will certainly have so many marvellous memories to have for years. You certainly didn’t need to take a camera with you. Well done.

      6/13/22Reply

      Very envious of you and Richard ---What a wonderful time you are having --could almost go the Mussels and all the food you are experiencing !!! [Dad and Mum XX👀😜👍]

      6/13/22Reply

      Bravooo!!! 🥳🎉🍸❣️💫 [Elvio D’ANGELO]

      6/13/22Reply
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      💚🤍❤️

      6/13/22Reply
      Traveler

      yummo deep fried mussels 🥰

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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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    • 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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      Bellissima [Jules]

      6/11/22Reply
      Traveler

      Indeed 👍🏻🇦🇺🇦🇺

      6/11/22Reply

      Sounds really good Troy . Love your blogs !! Say hello to Sandro for me !!😍👀😜❤ [Dad and Mum XX]

      6/11/22Reply
      Traveler

      He was so kind and helpful here. One of his staff came and collected us from the station and took us to the accommodation which was lovely. Complete opposite to most of the people in Vernazza . Haven’t met Sandra but hopefully will today. everyone was really friendly here. It is so nice having an apartment with two bedrooms and a really big balcony! And it was only €500 for both of us which I think is about $350 a night between two of us. The best value accommodation we’ve had so far. The prices are not really cheap here like they were when I went to Tuscany. They probably put them all up for the tourists. Oh well, that’s the way it is so windy in Rome… X

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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 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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      Traveler

      Das sind wirklich traumhafte orte.Da würde ich auch gerne mal hin.Habt weiterhin eine schöne zeit dort.👍

      10/28/22Reply
      Traveler

      Sensationell

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      Soo schön 😊

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    • Pesto Impresto 🌿🧀 🍷

      June 12, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Wow! Wow! Wow! ☀️🤩

      What an amazing experience this was!

      Nessum Dorma is a renowned restaurant that sits above a cliff top in Manarola. This is one of the few ways you are able to get in without a reservation. It was worth every single euro of the €60 we paid.

      Not only was the location absolutely amazing. Gobsmackingly beautiful& stunning but the staff and the presentation of the entire experience was out of this world! Perfect 😍

      The owner, Simone, won the piece of land the restaurant is on in a competition. Only three people entered and he won the right to build whatever he wanted overlooking the Manarola Bay. Surprisingly, there were only three people who actually entered the competition in total. Now that he has made an absolute success of it the locals are constantly trying to make it hard for him. It seems he is having similar experiences with some of the locals as Richard and I have had. Many of them begrudge others for being here. What a shame! He has done an amazing job. The pesto experience happens in the morning and then people are lining up down the path to come into the restaurant to eat. Without a reservation it is not going to happen.

      Anyway we were given all of the necessary ingredients of quality including local garlic, fresh basil, local cheese and pine nuts. We were told exactly how to perfect the most delicious pesto I have ever eaten. We were never rushed and constantly supported and always in good humour.

      Towards the middle of the experience we were each given a glass of local wine 🍷 which was slightly salty due to the region terrace agriculture and wine growing right beside the sae. Then came the most delicious 😋 platter: individually prepared and passed to every single participant. We were allowed to take as long as we like to enjoy and devour the food and the view. And also there was a competition to win a local bottle of wine… Everybody was a winner! 🥳👍🏻🍷

      I would put this up with one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

      Every single moment was perfectly orchestrated and we felt honoured to be part of the group. W🙃Right down to the moment that we were gently sprayed with mists of water that where perfectly constructed within the balcony frame construction. This is the true meaning of entrepreneurship. He deserves every success and we had the best time enjoying what Simone has created!

      The 10 gorgeous young Italian waiters added quite a significant benefit of this experience as well…🥰😝😝

      This was a brilliant way to finish our week in the Italian Riviera! 🍸👍🏻🥰

      This took place in Manarola, the final of the 5 towns (Cinque Terre)

      💚🤍❤️
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      Traveler

      Oh what an experience! It sounds absolutely amazing. If I ever get to Cinque Terre I’ll make sure to book this. Bravo Simone! Manarola is the nicest looking imo. It’s iconic and those crystal clear waters?? It made me want fly over and dive in. Like you said Troy this looks like the perfect conclusion to your cinque terre adventure. And this blog was the best thing for us to experience it vicariously through your posts. Mille grazie signore xx

      6/12/22Reply
      Traveler

      Thanks Ephie! I have really enjoyed writing my thoughts down like a diary in a way… I hope you shared it with your mum… Funny you should say that about Manarola because I think that and Monterroso were the absolute best. Probably equal first. Although, I absolutely loved Rapallo and the walk down to Portofino on the first day. The towns had less tourists and more locals just living la vida loca! 👍🏻❤️🥰

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      👍🏻

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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Vernazza, ヴェルナッツァ, Vernassa

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