Cinque Terre (Five Lands)

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July 11th 2011
Published: August 29th 2017
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View from our Bedroom Window View from our Bedroom Window View from our Bedroom Window

Blue sky and blue sea.
Geo: 43.6731, 10.6753

After a sumptuous continental breakfast at our Hotel in Santo Stefano, we packed up and headed for the Cinque Terre. We had been warned about the narrow roads around the area, but it still came as a bit of a shock to be winding your way down steep mountain cliffs, with barely any railings, the road only wide enough for one vehicle in many places. Each time we met a vehicle or a truck, one of us had to back up to a place where a vehicle could pass. Our hire vehicle has sensors front, back and side and was constantly beeping when another vehicle had to pass.

The Cinque Terre is a World Heritage Listed area, with five unique small villages hugging the cliffs, and being linked by a walking trail.

Just as we nearly reached Vernazza, we found the road that our Garmin took us down was blocked by a large drilling rig, and we had to back up, turn around and wind our way up the hill and then down again to reach our destination.

Finally we reached Vernazza, and I drove our luggage down into the village, where Kim waited whilst I drove partway back
View from Our BalconyView from Our BalconyView from Our Balcony

It gets better. There is a rooftop area above our room, with even better views. As you can see, Elisabetta Lodge is right on a cliff edge.
up the hill to park the car.

Elisabetta Lodge where we are staying has the most magnificent view, but that comes at a cost, the steps climbing up to the Lodge. Kim counted them, 112 steep steps in all plus pathways.

After settling in to our accommodation, we went for a walk around the town, taking time to have a swim in the blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. It was a perfect temperature. We had planned to do part of the Cinque Terre walk this afternoon, but it was too hot, and having a swim won out.


Jim and Kim

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Looking Down on VernazzaLooking Down on Vernazza
Looking Down on Vernazza

Taken from the start of the Cinque Terre Trail.
Moon Over the Mediterranean Moon Over the Mediterranean
Moon Over the Mediterranean

Taken from our window.
Vernazza at NightVernazza at Night
Vernazza at Night

Taken from our balcony.

21st July 2011

Wow that looks great. Hope no one sleep walks
21st July 2011

Glass of red wine and the evening is set.
21st July 2011

Now you are just showing off. Hope you are staying for more than one night.

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