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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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May 27, 2016 - CINQUE TERRE. WHOA! Back in Time 14 Months. My last month (rch) "Living" in Italy, 2015. Chee!

Welp, it is May 27th, 2016 and I am now "Living" in Bergen, Norway anxious to post some current journal entries/photos from here until June 14th, when vagabond up to the Nordjiord and my ancestory land I visited in 2004. Here are photos of THE CINQUE TERRE. IN 2004, I had 3 major reason for a 2-month 12 country backpack/tain trip. 1. To meet 3rd cousins and visit ancestorial sites in Norway (3 sides) and Sweden (1 side) of my families. Also, to go to the returning of the Olympics to Athens, Greece. 3. To sightsee through Scandinavian and...

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May 21, 2016 - Complete the Walk of Cinque Terre

Today we headed back to Corniglia to complete the walk to the last town. First we walked around Corniglia and had breakfast. Then walked the blue path to Vernazza. This path was much gentler than yesterday. As soon as we found Vernazza Elton was hungry again and we stopped at the first little restaurant on the edge of a cliff and had a pasta dish with pesto. Fantastic. A walk around town and then on to the next town. Again the path to Monterosso was easier than yesterday but my legs and butt are definitely getting a workout. Nothing a bowl...

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May 21, 2016 - Genoa Nervi - meeting day

Day 3 Genoa Nervi After a better night's sleep and a hearty breakfast Ian and I spent the next couple of hours putting our bikes back together. So far it seems that both bikes got here without any significant issues. A test ride later in the day confirmed my initial impressions. By the time we had assembled the bikes, tidied the room and taken our bike bags down to the garage the time was close to noon so we decided to take a walk down to the 'beach' with our smuggled breakfast rolls and have our lunch while watching the waves. Passing...

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May 20, 2016 - Milan to Genoa Nervi

Day 2 Milan to Genoa Nervi As usual I had a disturbed night. I managed to sleep about 4 hours before waking at 1:30 after which I dozed on and off until 7:00am. Ian and I dressed and partly packed before heading down to breakfast at 7:30. The breakfast was not too bad but, because we had arrived just after the 7:0oam rush, there was a shortage of bread and cups. Eventually this was remedied but I was starting to suffer withdrawal symptoms before my tea arrived. As we had till 12:10 before our train journey we decided to head into the town...

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May 20, 2016 - Cinque Terre

Well today started out just like you thought.. yes we got lost again. How hard can it be for the GPS to get us where we want to go. We put in Riomaggiore and took us to a dead end then wanted us to go up a steep incline the was wet. There was no way we would make it, nothing could. So it took us back to the same dead end. We then followed my guesses and got behind a bus. I said that it must be going to Cinque Terre so just follow it ,,, and it did. We drove to Riomaggiore and could find a place to park so we went back to La Spezia and got...

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May 19, 2016 - La Spezia

Today we woke to pouring rain. Had a shower and was drying my hair and blew the fuse. Gave up looking for fuse box and went downstairs for breakfast. Had a great little breakfast in their lounge area. The hostess let us hang out while it rained and we looked on line for our next lodging. We found a place in La Spezia.. We loved the name and the location looked good. So we booked the "Jolly Roger" for two nights and headed in that direction. We again thought the avoiding the tolls would give us some great views. Wow did it ever. We went from...

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May 1, 2016 - Two beautiful days in Cinque Terre

Yesterday was a lovely day for a boat ride, and that is what we did. The boat left Monterosso and took us to each of the other villages except for Corniglia, which has no boat dock. It must be reached by train or walking trail. So we went to Vernazza, Manarolo, and Riomaggiore, as well as Portovenere, another village that is not a part of the Cinque (5) Terre. From Portovenere, we took another boat which carried us on a 45-minute tour around three nearby islands. In each village we had time to explore, take pictures, people watch, and in...

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