Locanda di Palazzo Cicala
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We set off from the apartment this morning around 10:30, it's cloudy but warm, expecting 16 degrees, tropical! Purchased tickets for the train back down the coast, planning to get off at Riomaggiore or Manarola (1st and 2nd of the five fishing villages that make up the Cinque Terre). Chose Manarola, it's tiny, quaint, just one uphill, meandering street lined with shops and restaurants/cafes (predominantly closed for the winter, it seems). Only ...
... The city itself was quite pretty but a lot of the shops were closed (even after siesta) and quite a few weirdos around so we just chilled at the hostel after dinner and played our new card game "Pablo" which was taught to is by an Aussie who learnt it from a French guy and then we taught this game to French tourists in Genoa. I can't remember if I wrote about this game in my Cinque Terre post as we learnt it there ...
... shop and grabbed some drinks and snacks and went back to the hotel to make use of the free wifi.
For dinner I went to a nearby Ristorante Pizzeria and had some vino and the Stelvio Platter with lost of meat, sausages, bacon, cheese and bread. Finished of with an expresso and a grappa, large!
I could have done with a rest day, but still apart from the little bit of rain it had been another good day on the road.
... was much preferred. I went and sat outside while we waited for dinner time. It was so gorgeous, the ocean and the waves, the bright blue sky, and the continuous horizon of small Italian towns on the coast. Absolutely amazing.
The next day began at 8am. When the owners aren't on board the day goes like:
10am - Breakfast
12pm - Lunch
5pm - Dinner
We had a bbq instead of a traditional dinner ...
... side to try and get some lunch. This may only be my impression but I felt that I was about to be mugged any minute, not exactly relaxing.
The old city behind the docks was actually quite pretty and it had many large houses from the time it was a busy port. We wondered through the old streets and then caught the funicular up to the hills overlooking the city.
The whole place didn't really ...