Cinque Terra

Trip Start Oct 04, 2006
Trip End Oct 21, 2006

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Another beautiful day here. We've been so lucky with the weater...but even so, Gary had a sore throat yesterday that has developed into a cold today. He's a trooper though...he keeps going and is always in good spirits even though he doesn't feel that good.

We decided to take it a little easier today so we hopped on the train to Levanto. It's quite a lovely town, even though it's a little sleepy now that summer is gone. It has a nice wide beach, a quaint old town and an old castle (from the 1100's) and church (St. Andrea's) at the top of the hill. We did quite a bit of exploring...then walked back to the train station and rode the train to the other end of Cinque Terra, Riomaggiore.

Riomaggiore is a lovely town too. We had lunch at Bar Centrale, whose owner lived, for a time, in San Francisco. He still has a California license plate tacked up on the wall and served up a good meal for us. Trofie and pesto sauce for me...and ravioli with meat sauce for Gary.

Lunch fortified us for an easy walk from Riomaggiore to Manarola, along a broad, level path called Via dell Amore. The views were amazing and the water is still all of those undescribable shades of the purest and deepest blues ever.

Manarola was quaint and quiet and upon entering it, we officially walked all of the trails between the 5 towns. We sat, for a few minutes, enjoying life, and ran into fellow REI hikers there after awhile. But soon, Gary started feeling poorly so we walked to the train station and took the train back to Monterossa. Stopped at the farmacia and bought some decongestants...then settled him into bed while I poked around in town a bit and did the laundry at our hotel.

Gary woke up in time for dinner and we had a lovely meal at Via Venti...very modern and chic decor and wonderful food. Gary had seafood raviolis made by the waiters mama, and swordfish with tomatoes, olives and capers...and I had risotto with wild mushrooms. A small bottle of Cinque Terra white finished the meal off perfectly. Now off to bed hoping that Gary feels better tomorrow.
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