Cinque Terra, home of colourful houses and beautiful vistas
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So up first thing this morning to catch a train to Manarola, Italy, one of the five small villages that make up the Cinque Terra. It seemed that everyone on the train was headed here as well. We met two people from just outside of Edmonton on the second part of the voyage. They were staying in Riomaggiore which is the town next to Manarola. We said goodbye and thought we might meet up sometime over the next two days. As we got closer to our stop, it started to rain ...
Once we arrived in Manarola (on the third train of the journey), I was speechless (yeah I know, it doesn't happen often). The town is absolutely breathtaking.
The hostel I'm staying at is called Ostello Cinque Terre. The guy at the front desk is so nice and cute in a middle aged italian man kind of way. We checked in and then went exploring. The first stop was to get a gelato. There were so many yummy flavours that it was hard to pick one, but I went with chocolate with hazelnut. Needless to say, it was the bestest thing ever...
There's a pathway that connects all five towns and is about 10-12 km long. We did the small 15 minute hike between Manarola and Riomaggiore. It's called "lovers lane" and the walls are covered in graffiti. It's mostly people writing romantic things to each other or "I heart so and so" and stuff like that.
Along the walk to Riomaggiore, the sun started to come out which was well appreciated! Oh and there's cats everywhere and I had to pat each one! There's also lemon trees growing randomly high up with some of the houses. We wandered down to the water and watched the waves crashing hard against the rocks. It's kind of windy so the waves were awesome (and were catching people off guard and were getting people wet). We were about to find some place to eat when we ran into our friends from Edmonton. We decided to get some supper together and found a restaurant that serves pasta (who doesn't around here?) and had some cinque terra wine. For dessert we got hot chocolate at a place nearby which is like Canadian hot chocolate but much thicker and super scrummy (a mix of scrumptuous and yummy I learned from my UK friend yesterday).
It was starting to get dark, and it's still cloudy so we didn't get to see the sunset... hopefully tomorrow! So I'm officially in love with this place and it's going to be really hard to leave in a few days!