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... church from 1242 and some really cool old guard towers. We also found a seafood restaurant called Osteria Tumelin that was in the 2015 Michelin guide.
What a stroke of luck!! A Michelin restaurant and it was my birthday…surely this was fate.
Yes. Yes it was.
We rushed back to the room and told Bob and Heather about the discovery and after a quick assurance to Heather that they sold stuff other than seafood, we were in.
We grabbed ...
... some dancing, a small tipple of wine –
but not too much as we all had to ride the 20km back down to the
hotel. The buffet lunch included a freshly-made pasta in mushroom sauce with truffle shavings. I tried to convince Helen that I'd planned the whole thing for her 58th Birthday!! Friday evening we met for a final glass of Prosecco and some goodbyes. The hotel served a great
... but Damon was a champ and pushed through. Weather was cold and damp...which I guess is the best way to test the warmth of our sleeping bag and waterproof tent. Campsite was a 10 minute walk to the cute town of Levanto and 5 minutes to the train that takes your to Cinque Terre. A 3 night stay seemed fitting and give us enough time to explore the 5 towns.
Cinque Terre consists of five small villages (Riomaggiore, Mandola, Corgnilia, Vernazza and Montorosso, in order from south to north) that are wedged between cliffs and the Mediterranean in northwest Italy. They are about 5 kilometers apart from one another and there are hiking trails between them. Today I took the train from Riomaggiore to Corgnilia and then hiked to Vernazza for pizza by the sea and then on to Montorosso. Montorosso has a nice beach were I then hung out for awhile ...
... ferry along the coastline to see the other villages of the Cinque Terre- first Vernazza where we got off. This is the town that was most effected by the mudslides of 25 oct 2011. They have done well to have the town open for this season but the damage is evident. We hopped back on the ferry and sailed past Corniglia which is the hilltop town. The next town along is Manarola. We ...