Another day in (cloudy but not raining!) paradise
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So another day in the cinque terre.... ahhhhhh
Marissa and I got up early and headed out to wander the towns and to do some hiking. We got some foccasia bread for breakfast (omg such olive oily goodness) and then caught the train to Vernazza. The toughest hike is between Monterrosso and Vernazza so we figured we'd tackle that one first.
The hike starts with a seemingly never ending accent up the side of this mountain, I mean hill. The trail is well marked but narrow at times, with "stairs" that are hard to explain .. but imagine make shift stairs made out of uneven rocks. Then repeat that for a two hour hike with mud since it had rained over night andf then random small streams, more mud and lots of stairs.
During the hike we met up with a couple I had met on the train yesterday. The woman was from Switzerland but could speak fluent Italian. I had looked through my Rick Steves phrase book in the attempt to learn Italian during the two hour train ride and she was letting me practice on her.
We wanted to hike between Vernazza and Corniglia but the hike was closed due to a mudslide. So instead we wanted to do the Corniglia to Manarola hike. We got on a train in Monterossa that we thought would take us to Corniglia.
Corniglia is the smallest of the towns and sits on top of a hill. We got our daily gelato and wandered the town a bit. The did the hike to Manarola. It was my least favourite as the first 15 minutes of the hike looked like we were walking through an abandonned little ghetto. Once we got closer to Manarola, it got much better.
For supper we decided to treat ourselves and go to a sit down restaurant. Instead of ordering a pasta course and then a main course, I went with two pasta courses.
Since the sun finally decided to come out around suppertime, we hurried to the waterfront to see the sunset ... omg I love this place! (especially when it's sunny).
We met a threesome from the U.S. that had a copy of Rick Steves Italy 2008 with them. It seems that everyone visiting the Cinque Terre has a copy of that book. It makes it easy to start conversation since you can figure they also speak English!