Italy: because inquiring minds want to know

Posted by Pat on May 20, 2022 in Travel |

18 May 2022 One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller My adventure to Cinque Terre has topped my expectations. Though I do not believe I will challenge the hikes again, I can see a return trip in my future. I have visited most of the regions of […]

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Genova: great city no matter how it’s spelled

Posted by Pat on May 16, 2022 in Travel |

15-16 May 2022 Standing in front of the kiosk at the train station, one must remember there are different ways to spell my destination – Genoa or Genova. Genoa is the English spelling and Genova is the Italian. If I want buy a ticket, I type in Genova. But no matter which way I spell […]

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Sestri Levante: così così

Posted by Pat on May 14, 2022 in Travel |

13-14 May 2022 Squeezed between the villages of Cinque Terre and jet-set Portofino, Sestri Levante is like a poor cousin one visits in the suburbs. A stroll takes me among the shabby and Art Nouveau chic. Walking the extensive waterfront, I feel a similarity with Santa Monica or Palm Beach. I don’t know whether to […]

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Trekking Cinque Terre: Monterosso to Punta Mesco

Posted by Pat on May 13, 2022 in Travel |

12 May 2022 On a clear day, there is no panoramic point on the Cinque Terre that equals Punta Mesco, a promontory to the west dividing the village of Monterosso al mare from that of Levanto. From Monterosso, the promontory is very appealing, but hiking to this massive rock formation is daunting. I read that […]

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MONTEROSSO: cinque di cinque in Cinque Terre

Posted by Pat on May 12, 2022 in Travel |

11-12 May 2022 Learn from yesterday – Live for today – Hope for tomorrow I depart Vernazza by train destined for my fifth and final official Cinque Terre village of Monterosso al Mare. At over 50 miles per hour, the train covers the 2-3 miles of tunnel in under 3 minutes.

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Trekking Cinque Terre: Vernazza to Monterosso

Posted by Pat on May 11, 2022 in Travel |

10 May 2022 I would not want to disabuse anyone from hiking the national park trails of the Cinque Terre. However, I will be honest and say the trails can be challenging. I witnessed those clinging to the rock walls on narrow paths, those packing large backpacks and even babies, the elderly, and those with […]

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VERNAZZA: quarto di cinque in Cinque Terre

Posted by Pat on May 10, 2022 in Travel |

9-10 May 2022 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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