Sad to leave this beautiful place

Trip Start Oct 08, 2012
Trip End Nov 29, 2012

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Flag of Italy  , Ligurian Coast,
Friday, November 2, 2012

We have just had our last day in Manarola. Slow start to the day. Chatted to the girls on Viber for an hour which was lovely. Heard all their news. Then planned, and did, a walk from Levanta to Monterosso. We had been told it was the last coastal walk still open and that it would take about 2 hours. Neither was true. It was hardly a coastal walk. More like an uphill trek on what can best be described as a goat track. We seemed to spend most of the walk walking uphill on rocks, some of which were more boulders than rocks. And whoever said it took two hours was dreaming. It was a three hour walk. There were several occasions on which we both felt, 'How can we keep going?' As you will see from the pics it was quite a trek. We were amazed by the numbers of others on the track, many of whom had small children with them. Can only assume that this kind of trekking is inculcated into children from an early age before they have a chance to complain. But it was worth it for the breathtaking views. Had a beer at Monterosso and hopped on a train to get back to Manarola in time to shower before dinner. A 24 hour delayed birthday celebration for my 62nd with a lovely couple from England, Trevor and Sue. We went to Cappun Magru in Groppo about 2 k up the hill. It is run by Maurizio and his wife Christiana. The loveliest food. Three of us had their signature fish dish, Cappun Magru, the same name as the restaurant. It was exquistely delcious and had flavours that exploded in your mouth! And the chef's wife Cristiana drove us home! It was quite dark and ai doubt we would have made it home safely in one piece. There are few restaurants in the world which drive guests home after dinner and give tourism and historical information at the same time. What a day. If you want amazing food have a meal there. For a superb review of the place and great photos of the food log on to
Just don't buy the hype that a week in Cinque Terre costs $3500 plus air fares per per person. We spent a week in Manarola in Cinque Terre, which included transport, an apartment with a balcony and superb meals for less than $1000 Aus per person.
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Geraldine on

There is something about the doors in Italy! We have lots of photos of them, too. They're bound to come in handy some day as a sermon illustration! Ah, Assisi next!!

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