Every once in a while I stumbled upon inspirational pictures of this pretty place, and it has been on my list to visit the "five lands" for some time. It has been a personally remarkable trip to me. Sometimes I don't read the fine print (my bad!) so I got suprised by a couple of days spent hiking - and I am happy it turned out that way, because I wouldn't have necessarily signed up for a hiking trip in the first place.
I have to admit that I am not per se a hiker. So naturally I was not at my happiest, when I found out that the "easy walkway" was closed for construction and the trains on strike. I was wearing a cute summerdress and was not prepared at all. You can say that this place changed my attitude in this regard by accident, and after a day of climbing the mountains for hours in the mediterranean heat at noon, I was overwhelmed by the offered view. I might have cried and cursed and got a bit mad at my friend, who constantly pushed me from one step to the next (quite literally even. Thank you forever.) The next day I suggested hiking the mountaints connecting the remaining towns again, instead of taking a train. This time I opted not to wear my Birkenstocks and even brought a bottle of water.
Breathtaking views over the Ligurian Sea after a long climb to the top
The view over Vernazza
Rewards! Granita al Limone (an Italian speciality, similar to lemon sorbet), fresh fruits and souvenir in the town of Manarola.