Trip Start Mar 12, 2010
32Trip End Sep 17, 2010
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After booking into our hotel 15 minutes from Manarola, and 20 minutes away from La Spezia, we went to check out the closest village which is Manarola
The next day we after finding the walking track closed at Manarola we caught the train to Corniglia. From the station you have to walk up 308 steps up a mountain, this is a plus as well as a minus, the beautiful picture spots out looking Manarola and the coastline, with its crashing waves and the terraced mountains pointing out to sea. The minus is that you are VERY tired when you reach the top. When we reached the actually village, which outlooks the ocean, we went up one of it many alleyways and found the church, from there we went to a lookout which is situated behind the church. This area was netted off and there was goals painted on the ground. We instantly presumed that this was the play area for the kids, but we hoped that they wouldn’t hit the balls too hard and send them over the edge. We then walked to another lookout, where an albino cat was begging for food from some people, even one person that had a dog on a leash next to him. Let’s just say the cat got a bit of a surprise. After this we walked down the stone paved alleyways to the dock, where two people were sunbaking on the actual path leading to it, so we stopped in a park like area and stopped for morning tea, which was nutella and basically large croutons. While we were sitting munching on out biscuits, guess who came and started begging for food. You guessed it, the albino cat. Karlie loved the attention of the cat and she started feeding it straight away, then proceeding to let it lick the nutella container afterwards
Monterosso was a charming little town situated on the very tip of the coast, which had sandy beaches, lots of cafes and restaurants and a gelataria that made 'heaven in a cup’. The town would have been beautiful it we had our bathers, but since we didn’t we just sat contently as Daniel snapped off a few photos and listened to the water rush up onto the shore (can’t say there was waves crashing on the shore, as there was none whatsoever). From the tip of the town, as it was the last small town that edged itself on the coast, you could see all the way back to Manarola, this sight was spectacularly beautiful with tall the towns on the coast standing from in between the green terraces that had made this a UNESCO world heritage listed sight with the steeples of their churches pointing skywards. So this took up the whole day, and as we were walking back Paul heard a train and instantly thought it was ours, we were rushed to the terminal and entered just in time! Later we found out it didn’t stop in Manarola where we wanted, but stopped at the next station. So we then had to wait for yet ANOTHER train to take us to Manarola. Thus ended our day.