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It was definitely luck, not stupidity. We found ourselves at a place called Torri Superiore Eco-Village. Originally, the medieval village (made from stone and lime mortar from the riverbed below) was home to inhabitants in the 1000's, at a time of social and political unrest. It was built as a stronghold to offer protection, with its intricate pattern of over 160 rooms and terraces over 8 levels, linked by stairways and alleys covering around 3000 square ...
... cemeteries are placed highly elevated because of a Napoleonic decree, citing that disease agents could get in to the drinking water. Today we took a tourist boat to another of the Cinque Terra villages, Vernazza. We hiked to the very top of the village to view their cemetery, which was very similar to the one in Manarola.....just much more elevated! We were gifted with an incredible view of the village and of the sea, along with ...
... sunset was still pretty :)
Ultimate cultural experience of the day: walking along the famed Lover's Lane :)
- The Cinque Terre trail is one of the most magic walking paths, ever.
- Despite the devastation that hit two of the villages last year, they have bounced back and are rebuilding.
- Squid ink linquine with shrimps. Grilled fish platter. Baby lobster. Octopus. Fresh. Delicious.
- A must-visit on any Italian itinerary.
... less space than a paperback. I`m a fan, at least for travel. Elaine spent an afternoon loading it up for me before we left, so there are many surprises between the covers, and there is always the Van Public Library on line if I need more. We are really enjoying Ivan Coyote`s latest Missed Her.
Elaine is not so much for the E-reader, but when we arrived in Viareggio she saw a real estate listing giveaway magazine and she has gotten hours of enjoyment from it. ...
... there is no comparison…pity really but I suppose that’s what happens in the big cities…plenty to choose from but you need to know where to go to get the better food and service. We felt bad for A & T, but promised them they wouldnt be disappointed in Rome, which was their next stop.)
Anyway, we made our way back to the hotel and ordered ourselves some coffee at the 'back bar' (this is actually the breakfast room. The night guy was very pleasant and ...