Cinque Terre

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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. 

Vernazza from above

Vernazza from above

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.

La Spezia, where we lived in the cutest house on top of a hill. We picked this town, which is located next to the Cinque Terre, but not officially part of them as a base and took a train to the starting point of the day from here.

La Spezia, where we lived in the cutest house on top of a hill. We picked this town, which is located next to the Cinque Terre, but not officially part of them as a base and took a train to the starting point of the day from here.


Breathtaking views over the Ligurian Sea after a long climb to the top

The view over Vernazza

Manarola

Manarola


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Rewards! Granita al Limone (an Italian speciality, similar to lemon sorbet), fresh fruits and souvenir in the town of Manarola.