VERNAZZA: quarto di cinque in Cinque Terre

Posted by Pat on May 10, 2022 in Travel |

9-10 May 2022

Pacing myself in Vernazza

Life on the Cinque Terre is made up of alternating periods of rest, strenuous trekking, and moving from one cafe to the next. Pace yourself.

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CORNIGLIA: terzo di cinque in Cinque Terre

Posted by Pat on May 9, 2022 in Travel |

7-8 May 2022

Steve has no snooze button

Steve woke me this morning. He was rather persistent at 7:20 am, like I was missing breakfast of something. The day was bright and sunny, I could hear the waves splashing against the rocks below my balcony, an express train was rumbling through the tunnel under Manarola. I guess Steve was right, I needed to get up and explore more of the Cinque Terre. Once Steve saw I was out of bed, he flew away, probably to peck at the patio door of his next friend.

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Trekking Cinque Terre: Corniglia to Vernazza

Posted by Pat on May 8, 2022 in Travel |

Leaving one sole in Corniglia, the other in Vernazza

7 May 2022

Look back at Corniglia from the Azure Trail

The Azure Trail is a mostly easy upper trail connecting Corniglia to Vernazza. It is an easier climb because I start out at around 330 feet above sea level from Corniglia. The upper, or high trails tend to be older, more in tune with nature, and closer to the farmers who originally built and continue to tend the rock walls and paths. It evidently gave them a constructive use for all the rocks that were removed from their terraces in order to grow their grapes.

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Trekking Cinque Terre: Manarola to Corniglia

Posted by Pat on May 7, 2022 in Travel |

5 May 2022

The Cinque Terre has a way of distracting you from reality. Emphasized in the brochures about the area are the 377 steps that one must climb from the train station to reach Corniglia. However, once trekking the higher trails of the park, these 377 steps look like child’s play. The uneven stone steps, twist and turns, ups and downs, and narrow pathways found along the higher trail are reality.

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MANAROLA : secundo di cinque in Cinque Terre

Posted by Pat on May 7, 2022 in Travel |

4-6 May 2022

Manarola

My second stop along Italy’s Cinque Terre is small Manarola, a collection of pastel buildings tumbling down a ravine to the sea. Trains depart Riomaggiore three times an hour and the ride takes 2 minutes. For a flat rate of 5€, that’s a hefty fee when I have energy to spare – a real bargain after hiking one of the high mountain trails along this coastline.

Manarola may be one of the prettiest villages on the Cinque Terre. My entry yesterday came from above where I could look out over the expanse of vineyards and hills all the way to Volastra and Corniglia. Today, coming up from the train station, Manarola seems to be perched on a steep promontory with its small port to the left and rows of colorful houses above and to the right.

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Trekking Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore to Manarola

Posted by Pat on May 3, 2022 in Travel |

I won’t let the vertical terrain intimidate me

3 May 2022

My first trekking day along the Cinque Terre went from Will Wheaton’s “No, no, Hell no!” to “I think I can, I think I can” before reaching a resounding “Eureka” much as the Donner Party must have felt when reaching the West.

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Riomaggiore: primo di cinque in Cinque Terre

Posted by Pat on May 3, 2022 in Travel |

2-3 May 2022

Portovenere

One can ride a bus, train or ferry; I chose to ride the ferry from La Spezia to Riomaggiore. To say arriving at the Cinque Terre by ferry is spectacular is a vast understatement.

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