Another day in (cloudy but not raining!) paradise

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the waves in Vernazza

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.

Vernazza waterfront
 It made the hike more interesting and very fun. The conversations we had with fellow hikers were priceless. Nearing Monterrosso, it was all down hill since the two towns are are sea level, you hike up and then back down (with smaller ups and downs along the way). After we had decended an uncountable number of stairs, we met a German school group. I told them in English that there were lots of stairs to climb and one of the kids threw up her arms and said "let's all go back!" ... it was pretty funny and I'm surprised a school group was going that hike!

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.

looking down on Vernazza during the hike to Monterossa
It's weird. Everyone we've met on the train ride here or since being in Cinque Terre, we've seen again at least once. It really is a small area! We also met up with some cats that looked really healthy but also looked hungry so we fed them some bread. We were patting them and they were all cute, until one of them hissed and lunged at Marissa. We then quickly left the cats before we got rabies!

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.

Vernazza
It ended up passing right by the stop and brought us to Riomaggiore. The next train was in an hour so we had plently of time to kill. Most of our time killing came in the form of getting near the water and watching the ginormous waves crashing against the rocks. It's been windy, enough that no boats are sailing and the fishermen aren't fishing so the waves are huge.

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.

The waiter looked at me like I was crazy but I couldn't decide between these two courses: Ravioli with pesto and ravioli with salmon. They were both delicious but since pesto is famous here and is a speciality the winner was the pesto. I think I'm going to have to buy some and ship it home!

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!

jsweezey says:
Hey Shauna...I'm really impressed by the pic of you "looking down on Vernazza during the hike to Monterossa"...the backdrop is surreal.
Posted on: May 01, 2008
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the waves in Vernazza
the waves in Vernazza
Vernazza waterfront
Vernazza waterfront
looking down on Vernazza during th…
looking down on Vernazza during t…
Vernazza
Vernazza
More kitties on the pathway
More kitties on the pathway
stairs
"stairs"
random stream
random stream
cute bridge
cute bridge
the couple I was practicing Italia…
the couple I was practicing Itali…
the pathway
the pathway
random door .. no one answered
random door .. no one answered
382 steps, not 400 Rick Steves!
382 steps, not 400 Rick Steves!
My new ride
My new ride
kitty!
kitty!
looking down on Manarola
looking down on Manarola
An old man and his cute, little fu…
An old man and his cute, little f…
Pesto Ravioli
Pesto Ravioli
The glorious sunset!
The glorious sunset!
Sun setting on Manarola
Sun setting on Manarola
Sun setting on Manarola
Sun setting on Manarola
ahhhh
ahhhh
Cinque Terre
photo by: Eric