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Sep 21, 2017 - Italy - Corniglia and Vernazza

The original itinerary for the day was to take the train to Riomaggiore and hike to Vernazza however the trail along the coast between Riomaggiore and Corniglia has been closed for quite some time so we took the train to Corniglia instead. We started our hike at the station and headed up the road a little more than a kilometer will climbing over 100 meters in elevation. Raimund gave us some time to explore the picturesque town before heading out to the trailhead. On arrival at the trailhead we were shocked to discover that the trail was...

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Sep 20, 2017 - Italy - La Spezia, Cinque Terre Coast & Monterosso

Today was an opportunity to get familiar with the area. We walked to the train station and took the train south to La Spezia. All of our days in the Cinque Terre would start with a train ride. Raimund would provide us with our tickets but it was our responsibility to validate them at the station. Since the rail line hugged the coast, which was very mountainous, most of the time was spent in tunnels, like a subway. Most of the openings were at stations; an opportunity to see the towns and often a bit of the sea. From the train station in La...

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Sep 19, 2017 - Italy - Deiva Marina

We enjoyed, and were quite impressed with, our Ireland trip with Craig Travel. We keep our eye on their offerings and were attracted to "Hiking Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast" in Italy, September 18 to October 2, 2017. Departing from Toronto Pearson on Monday September 18 we arrived at Milan Italy's Malpensa Airport at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Our tour hosts Jon & Sue Gurr, who also hosted our Irish tour, found our tour operator, Raimund, who quickly got us on our bus for the approximately 250 kilometer trip to our hotel in Deiva Marina. The...

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Sep 10, 2017 - Cinque Terre - Vernazza

On Thursday we bought a day pass for the Locale train and took ourselves off to, first, Riomaggiore which is the southernmost town of the Cinque Terre and the unofficial 'headquarters' as the National Park office is situated here. The town itself is quite a bit bigger than Vernazza but doesn’t really have any beach access. After wandering around in Riomaggiore for a bit we jumped back on the train and went three minutes up the line and got off at Manarola. We had lunch here at a nice outdoor seafood restaurant on a terrace overlooking the...

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Italy - Finally!

Sep 10, 2017 - Back to the beginning

I took a job that interrupted my Greek idyll with my friend of imminent patience. It was a job I had been in the running for just prior to my departure but lost out due to the whims of fate. Howsomever, when the call came to replace the incumbent, I was off on the soonest flight the following day. Bongoes, pillow and teabags packed, flight plan was Athens to Marseille and then onto Corsica. As we took off from Eleftherios Venizelos – the International Airport of Athens – it is always a bittersweet flight out of this incredible country,...

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Sep 6, 2017 - Vernazza - Still kicking back and resting up

Still in Vernazza and we have confirmed that we want two more nights here, so that makes it a total of five. It’s a great place to hole up! We are starting to find our way through the myriad tiny and tinier alleys although, of course, it always involves going up or down as the town is built going straight up the steep hillsides. So, we did NOTHING yesterday – this is going to be a short entry! Of course, I have now caught Bruce’s cold so I am happy with not rushing around myself – it’s a stinker! – but, unlike Bruce, I don’t mind taking...

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Italy - Finally!

Sep 5, 2017 - Cinque Terre - Vernazza

Today we travelled from Giudecca, Venice to Vernazza in the Cinque Terre region of Liguria on the northern west coast of Italy. We took first a vaporetto to the Santa Lucia railway station in Venice, then we boarded a Trenitalia Frecciargento high speed train, where we had our seats already booked and knew which car we’d be getting into. From Venice we changed trains at Florence (Firenze) to a Regional train where we didn’t have seats booked and went on to Le Spezia where we changed to a milk-run local train which stopped at 16 stations...

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Italy - Finally!

Jun 14, 2017 - Cinque Terre, Italy

We took the train from the Santa Maria Novela station in Florence to Pisa and then changed trains to Monterosso al Mare in the Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre translates to "5 lands" and they lie on the Ligurian coast which is on the Tyrrhenian Sea. From south to north they are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. We had a nice house in Monterosso outside the tourist area. Extremely peaceful with a nice terrace. The Cinque Terre was made into a national park long ago to ensure preservation. Perhaps it's biggest claim to...

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Jun 2, 2017 - Cinque Terre

Tuesday (cont): After a shower we walked down to the harbour for a drink and a meal. This time, being Spring/Summer, there were many more flowers as well as many more tourists. The procession up and down the main street was constant until dinner time when the crowds thinned a little. We ate well at Gambero Rosso on the square. Out apartment was right beside the station and many trains did not stop at the little villages. They just roared through sounding like a jet plane taking off in the bedroom. Ear plugs helped a little. Wednesday: We...

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May 13, 2017 - Cinque Terre

Today we took the ferry from La Spezia around the point at Porto Venere and up the Italian Riveria to Monterosso, where we jumped off and explored. We then trained it back to La Specia stopping at the other towns of the Cinque Terre (5 Lands) on thr way back. Big day, lots of walking, and sectacular scenery. Still not sunny but not raining and not too cold.

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May 7, 2017 - Portovenere/Monterosso, Cinque Terre

We travelled to Portovenere and explored Byron's Grotto from high above a medieval town. The views were spectacular. We then took a ferry that was diverted, due to high waves, to a train station that took us to the 5th hamlet in Cinque Terre, Monterosso. We were sorry to miss seeing the other four, because of the choppy seas. However, we enjoyed Monterosso. We visited a local wine shop and had seafood marinara in a local restaurant. Our tour guide Luca recommended this restaurant, and our lunch was delicious. After lunch we wandered back...

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Jul 6, 2016 - Cinque Terre-Monterosso

We have spent a day and a half in Cinque Terre, which is an area in Italy along the Mediterranean Sea. There are five small towns built into the cliffs above the sea. You can reach each town by train or by a walking path that connects them all. Most cars are not allowed in the towns. This was our time for a little R & R, which is much needed at this point. We spent some time swimming in the ocean and laying out in the sun. Most of the beaches are private so we had to pay around 30 euro (a little more than that in U.S. dollars) to get a...

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