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We had an early morning start on 5th April. Our first connection was a regional train that took us to Pisa and then from there we boarded the fast train to Chiavari. Constrained by our budget we had to stay about 45 mins train ride away from the Cinque Terre (the five villages), north west of Italy. Last time we were in Italy we didn’t have time to visit the five villages so this time we allocated 3 days to see them well. Here are our highlights.
... and the ground flattened out, we turned the corner to find another set of stairs steeper than the set before. Eventually, we hit the top of the climb and stuck with that height around the cliffs to get into Vernazza. The hike became much easier at that point and we only had a few more climbs before starting our descent into Vernazza. Lizzie kept saying out loud that she loves me a lot.. stating that her presence alone shows how much she cares and should I ever have any doubts in ...
... conditions and falling rock.
So we spent the day hiking around Riomaggiore with beautiful views in spite of the overcast day. Mid afternoon we decided to eat lunch. When we were being seated George recognized a man he worked with at IBM several years ago. So of course lots of conversation with them. We ended up on same train, but we got off well before they did.
We struck up a conversation with a couple from ...
... all the way to Italy and spent 8 hours sitting in a departure lounge!!) and honestly I was expecting a scene from Captain Ron! I almost fainted with relief when I saw her! She really isn’t that bad. A bit ‘1970’s Playboy Mansion’ but I can live with that.
The Captain explained to me that he was in charge of dinner as a treat for my first evening on board and went on to describe what he was going to cook. I was reminded of a lunchtime job interview ...
... swimmers, sun bakers and the ferries returning from a day out, all within the beautiful landscape of the hills, the water and the pretty town.
We are leaving early tomorrow so we packed up. The landlady has left us quite a bounty for our breakfast (Ken has already eaten the coco pops and most of the cheese and salami).
Dinner was down in the new part of town at a bar called Miky. It was really nice. We had been thinking ...