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... Margherita where our ship was docked. We arrived at our dock shortly after our compadres where I was cheered upon arrival. Aboard the Azamara, Dana and I had a cocktail to calm down. I felt badly about giving Dear Dana such a scare.
Dinner that night was amazing - shrimp, scallops and lobster tail - OMG!!!! :)
Tomorrow - R & R at sea - Saturday - Roses, Spain and the Dali Museum!
... because it is the furthest from Manarola. Then, we worked our way backwards. Monterosso al Mare was packed. It seems like if you come with a group or even a larger family, you'll probably stay in Monterosso al Mare. It was my favorite of the 5, because of everything there was to do. There were several different beaches, sand and pebble, public and private. There were far more restaurants in this town, too, including one right next to the station that smelled ...
... approaching civilization (and food!) again. We had been hiking for over 3.5 hours, so we were all ready for a break and something to eat.
We walked into the village and found a little restaurant that was open called Caffé Mateo. We had pasta & pizza and lots of cold water! After lunch we took a short look around – Corniglia is another cool village in Cinque Terre, though we didn’t think it was as interesting as Manarola. We stopped ...
... and then quickly jumped on the earliest ferry to La Spezia. The best way to see the coast is from the water so a round trip to La Spezia via Porto Venere, train to Monterosso and then ferry back to Manarola. A thoroughly relaxing 4 hours. Dinner in the local trattoria, walk to watch the sunset and slow wander up the hill to our ...
... which in turn sets that on fire. After the top is nice and baked and goes out, he cuts into the dish, plates the crust as a garnish, and serves up the dish's contents beautifully for the diners. It was a lot of fun to watch, and we got to see several of them.
After dinner we hurried back to the train station for our crazy late train and got home a little after midnight. It was a very long day, but very worth it.