Now for the good part.

Trip Start May 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 24, 2010

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Flag of Italy  , Italian Riviera,
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cinque Terre is a series of five small towns
along the rocky western coast of Italy, that are strung together with a series
of walking paths. These towns are quintessentially Italian, with their
mismatched colourful stucco facades, laundry being hung out of windows, winding
cobblestone alleys and the aroma of garlic in the air. We arrived at
Riomaggiore first and began our walk along the aptly named portion of path
known as via dell’ amore (pathway of love... awwww). Seriously, it was such a
romantic walk that I think I proposed to Vanessa several times (a re-occuring
joke throughout our trip so far, whenever we’re somewhere romantic... “Vanessa,
if I was a man...” “I know, I know, you’d propose.”) We stopped at 4 of the 5
towns on Tuesday, had some gelato and pizza, and swam on a tiny beach in
Vernazza for an hour before returning home and crashing. On Wednesday our
formula was beach, swim, hike repeat. We spent the majority of the day in the
fifth town, Monterosso, where there was a beautiful beach with amazing
Mediterranean water! C’était la vie, we were beyond ourselves with happiness!
Vanessa filled my mom’s shoes by recommending two seperate hikes “just for
fun.” Don’t get me wrong, I really do like seeing the beautiful views, and
enjoy being in nature, but these walks were pretty epic, particularly after a
day where I already thought my legs were going to fall off! (And this after my
London tube training... I thought i was good at stairs, haha!) We decided to do
the 3.5 hike back to Vernazza, on a trail that is often no more than rocky stairs
winding up the side of a cliff (very Mordoresque) but the views were just
unreal! So I suppose it was win-win... amazing views, and amazing legs :) We
went back to our hotel around 7 to change for dinner. We decided to treat
ourselves to a beautiful Italian meal at a real sit-down restaurant, which is
actually a big deal for us since we often tend to opt for the cheaper grocery
store route. I had penne with capers, olives and a beautiful tomato sauce. It
just tasted so fresh and... pure is a good word I think! Or maybe real. You
know what I mean... not processed or fake! After that we went back to the hotel
and crashed! We are now on our way to Rome... more later :)

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Colleen on

WOW. I didn't realize how very very beautiful it was there... WOW. William says he really loves the mountains and I say that I really love the Mediterranean... sigh. And the buildings!! AND your hat. :)
p.s. William just made me read that comment out loud to him after I typed it, and after I finished reading it, Elan said "Um, What ME love??" And I said, "I don't know! What did you love?" And she said, "Um... WILLIAM!!" And ran off to the other room. :) Just thought I'd share...
Kay, post some more posts soon please!!! (And I will too on my blog... sorry)

Mom on

These pictures are A-Mazing!! Wow - so beautiful - I would have to pinch myself to see if it's real!! I love the beautiful water, the amazing little villages/towns? built right on the rocks....oh and I love my grandchildren, too :)

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