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Europe » Italy » Liguria » Manarola June 25th 2017

This weekend was our last weekend in Italy. Two friends and I decided to spend our last weekend exploring Cinque Terre, the fisherman towns. Friday: We had an early morning train to La Spezia from Rome. The total ride was about 3.5 hours, and luckily I slept the whole time. Once we arrived, we needed to get weekend passes that covered trains and bus transportation. With our passes in hand, we boarded another train that took us to Manarola, then a bus to Volastra. I found an Airbnb at a great price with an amazing view of the sea. We unpacked, took a nap, and then headed to the towns. Our first stop was Riomaggiore. This town starts the chain of towns from the south. Like always, we just walked around and explored the streets and ... read more

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Manarola February 28th 2016

Merely a decade ago, Cinque Terre was as popular as Mondays. But thanks to Rick Steves and the advent of social media, word about this hidden gem spread faster than ebola, becoming an epidemic in and of itself. So concerning is the influx of tourists that Italian officials will instate a quota on the number of visitors this summer to 1.5 million. The lottery system to determine the lucky souls able to visit these sleepy abodes atop the cliffs will help preserve the culture and sustainability of the area, which UNESCO dedicated as a World Heritage Site in 1997. While these backwaters are no longer the best-kept secret in travel, it still remains a largely untapped source of majestic beauty. Just don't expect to enter "Cinque Terre" into your GPS or that 5-star resorts are waiting ... read more
Pesto on Tagliatelle
Seared Tuna

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Manarola September 26th 2014

Thursday September 25 - Manarolla - Cinque Terre Our first full day in Manarolla. It is a very quiet town, at the end of the day you can see and hear the children playing in the square and the church bell announcing the time every hour. On the half hour you get two chimes. We Lollygaged this morning, Dan and I got some work done and we al enjoyed the left over bread, coffee (instant), and strawberries. Our plan was to catch the ferry at 10:40 to Monterossa to see the further set village of the five. The ferry ticket was 17 Euro each but got us a ticket all day to each of the cities. The city of Monterossa is separated by a sea wall. The city lies flat and and has the most beaches. ... read more

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Manarola September 25th 2014

September 24 - Cinque Terre - Manarola We left our hotel in Florence at 9:00 am sharp with our driver to Cinque Terre. The drive was very interesting, we passed by many marble and granite quarry's. We saw many raw blocks of granite and marble ready to be processed and shipped out. We also drove through the city of La Spezia. A beautiful seaport town with large cruise boats, ocean going transport vessels, and one of the home ports of the Italian navy. We then began the climb up the mountain to the sea. We made a number switchbacks and finally entered a large tunnel which emptied us out to the Mediterranean Sea. We then started our trek to our village, Manarola. Manarola is the second village of the five along the national park of Cinque ... read more

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Manarola May 30th 2013

Manarola, built on a high rock 70 metres above sea level., ... read more

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Manarola March 19th 2013

Cheerio Okes! (More on that in a bit) Alright. What a week it has been! Last post I had just arrived in Avignon and had been regaling you with stories of finding wine in caves, making Pain Perdue, as well as the odd comment of how beautiful the train ride was. Now that we're caught up, let's begin : Avignon is quite the cool little town. It was once home to the French popes in the 1300s I believe, (I'm bad with history). It therefore has a huge castle which is called popes palace. This castle stands above everything else in old town, and can be seen for quite a distance. The streets of Avignon are windy and plentiful. Had a great first evening wondering around the streets and seeing people out and about enjoying the ... read more

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