We had a very enjoyable breakfast at La Marguerite, eating homemade jam, onion foccicta and breakfast rolls. It was delightful and we’ll always remember La Marguerite. While we were sitting there we decided to head up into the mountains as we made our way toward the Cinque Terra. The drive was very scenic and we stopped at Sestri Levante and purchased bread and sweet rolls for lunch. They opened our bottle of wine and we drove to the water and sat on the coast and had lunch.
After lunch we continued on to the Cinque Terra and drove into Corniglia. This is the center town of the five towns “Cinque Terra”, we decided that we would stay in the center and walk the first half one day and the second half the next. We dropped the car off and headed on foot into town. We found a nice room within minutes and then headed off to begin the first half of walking the lower two towns. However, we first had to find the information building “I”. Of course it was located at the train station 150 steps down by the coast. We made it and purchased our passes. Now we were
off and I was very happy, I’d begun the second item on my bucket list. Yes, just like the movie. We walked to the first town Manarola, it took us about 45 minutes. Once we completed this section, I quickly found a nice café and ordered a pitcher of beer. It was sooo good, once we finished our beer we were off to the second town. This section between Manarola and Riomaggiore was a nice rolling walk, it is famous for a certain section where lovers bring a lock and lock it on the fence and toss the key over. It symbols their lasting love for each other. There were thousands of locks and Kirsten and I had our picture taken there.
We arrived in Riomaggiore the last or first town on the Cinque Terra depending which way you are driving. We then hopped on the train and headed back to Corniglia, thinking we were going to have to walk up the 150 steps, yeah Kirsten was not a happy camper. Well, once we got off the train we found that our passes also included bus rides up the hill into the center of Corniglia. Yep you guessed it; Kirsten
is now a happy camper.
We headed back to our room and collapsed unto the bed and slept for an hour. We then were ready for dinner. We walked down to what looked to be a somewhat good restaurant. It was nowhere near the great food we have had in our previous nights. You know, you just have to have a bad meal every now and then to appreciate the good ones. We hurried and went back up to our room which had balcony overlooking the ocean. We sat there drinking wine and holding hands.
Did I tell you how much I love Kirsten?
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