Things are always interesting in Italy

Trip Start Aug 30, 2011
Trip End Sep 13, 2011

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Toothless mans dirty apartment

Flag of Italy  , Italian Riviera,
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

we hit the train station in Ancona. Went from Ancona to Parma ( Parmesan cheese, prosciutto de Parma, etc, etc and chaotic train station) then to la Spezia then to cinque terre ( 5 tiny towns on Italian riviera connected by hiking trails). The bus to cinque terre was packed with grumpy tourists and a very kind and generous train lady
(that's a rarity!). No reservations for a place to stay. It is usually very easy to find rooms there but not so this time. We had a good lead on a room for one night but then there was a footless, dirty old man with one for two nights. Jackpot! Well not so much. Trent and I agreed to the room after seeing it, but later after closer inspection realized it was super super nasty. I guess we should have known if he couldn't keep himself clean his apartment wouldn't be nice either. There were dirty towels in the bathroom, visible dirt, grime, etc in the whole place ESP the bathroom. the one bright spot was the sheets smelled clean. It was a great location. No AC or wifi but it was so close to the sea we could hear the waves all night. We stayed out of the room as much as possible. Did an early evening hike to the next town about 90 minutes away. We had a beautiful lovely dusk hike! But then panicked we were missing the last train back to vernazza and had to run really really fast to go down about 600 stairs to the train station. We even did something Very bad and crossed the tracks instead of taking the long route and missing the train. All to find out that there were several more trains that night! We are dorks :-)

We made it back to vernazza by 7:30 and headed to the gambino rosso a very good restaurant there to eat in the harbor, you sit very close to other tables and we met some fun people. One couple seemed annoying at first but were actually very fun, they were there on their ten year anniversary and the husband (Ted) had surprsed his wife with a 4 day trip to the cinque terre. Lucky for them they were not staying in a toothless dirty mans apartment. W enjoyed the white cinque terre wine, sea bass, and trofie pasta with pesto. The cinque terre in the Ligurian region of Italy which is the birthplace of pesto, and it was AWESOME. Lovely meal, lovely company,very gross hotel room to go back to. Oh well these experiences keep my inner diva at bay and teach me that sometimes we all have to sleep in toothless dirt men.s apartments whether literally or metaphorically speaking. His name was Mediocre and I won't be sorry if I never see him again.

Still love the cinque terre even from yucky accommodations.
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Mmmmmm.....Pesto...... on

1)Ted's make good husbands
2) I still want to go to Italy w/ you
3) I will not stay in a Grody Jody place
4) Mediocre was his name? Seriously?

chorsman on

Well, it's really good to hear from you again! So, was Mediocre toothless *and* footless? You say at the beginning of the blog that he was a footless, dirty old man...did you mean toothless? Sounds like you've really been having an adventure! I trust you moved into better accommodations for the next night :-)

khorsman on

His name was medio and he was toothless not footless :-)

i'mstillsorefromrunningontuesdayhowsadisTHAT!?!? on

Completely toothless? Or were they Summer Teeth? Summer here.... Summer there.....

Charlie on

Krystal, I didn't realize you were going to be in Cinque Terre. Beth was just there in May and loved it. I could have given you the name of the place she stayed. It was Manual's Guest House. The only stipulation was that you had to verify that you could walk up something like 325 steps to get to the place before he'd accept your reservation.

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