A Hiking I will go!

Trip Start Sep 06, 2008
Trip End Oct 29, 2008

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Flag of Italy  , Italian Riviera,
Monday, October 6, 2008

I left at 7:00 am yesterday to catch a train that did not require reservations, and the conductor said that I had an old schedule and that reservations were required even for this train, so that was ANOTHER 15 euro.  I showed him the schedule I had and asked him why reservations were required when I allready had the pass and why the cost was so high, and he said it was a special train.  So I asked him why all the trains leaving Rome to Cinque Terre were special, and he said all trains in Italy were special.  Oh well.

I got to Cinque Terre at 2 am, and everywhere was closed.  In Italy, most places close from 1 pm in the afternono until 4 pm so the workers can have a siesta and live.  Most Italians work 3-4 hours a day and enjoy their lives at home or on the beach!  I lazied around on the beach all day as it was about 26 degrees.  I could not believe the beautiful colour of the ocean here.  It is that same blue colour of the lakes in the Canadian Rockies.  Simply marvelous.

Today, I hiked the 5 villages of Cinque Terre and it was a 10 km hike up and down steep clilfs.  There are some interesting historical stores of each small village such as pirate raids in the 1500s by the Turkish pirates, or that one of the small villages that had less that 500 people had the worlds best water polo team that practised in the harbour until the international water polo board determined that all water polo must be played in pools.  Many young italians came here to hide when Hitler conscripted them to fight in WWI and they became freedom fighters.  There are also lots of bunkers used by the Germans here when they were in control.  I traveled with a friend I met from Britain, so I had nice company.  The hiking paths were verry narrow and dangerous, but it was filled with beautiful views of each town that was somehow build on the cliffs beside the seas.  The hike took about 7 hours, as we spend some time in each village exploring.

It is my last night in Italy, so I am going to indulge in the biggest gelato I can find.  I love the free sampling of the flabours as well.  Yummy!

Love Always and Forever,

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