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Published: September 26th 2009
Let me begin this entry by explaining just how unfit I am. V.E.R.Y! So for me to complete a four hour hike (half of which was somewhat treacherous because it had rained earlier in the day, my hiking shoes had poor grip and I was wearing a skirt) is quite an achievement and one I'm very proud of! It was also made somewhat easier by the absolutely STUNNING views to be had!
The only reason I even knew about this part of Italy was because of a guy I met in Milano on my first day in Italy. What a lucky meeting! The ocean is the most beautiful colour here and we were lucky enough to have a perfectly sunny day to set it off. The area is called Cinque Terre because there are FIVE villages nestled along the coast which you hike between. They're gradually bigger as you go along and are painted wonderfully bright colours. They also have some great craft stalls.
The very last leg between town 4 & 5 is apparently the worst so we (the girls I did the hike with are Erin from Seattle and Jeri from the Phillipines, both of whom I
met in my hostel and thoroughly enjoyed the company of!) decided not to do that bit. We spend the evening having delicious pasta (marinara in my case) in a little restaurant in Reomaggiore and were enjoying ourselves so much we went for a drink in La Spezia as well (and guess what? i met my first Camberrans there! Hehe).
The next day Jeri and I caught the train down to Monterosso (town number 5) and hired beach beds and an umbrella and spent the day at the beach. It was heavenly after the previous day! Sadly the beach was pebbly (much like those in England) and got deep VERY suddenly! It was very relaxing though. Nice to spend a couple of days communing with nature rather than art. (And I'm finally getting a tan!)
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