European Escapades

The Cinque Terre




Feels like walking a city subway
Feels like walking a city subway.

Heading out of Riomaggiore train station to start your adventure on the famous trail two of the Cinque Terra, is not the right thing to do. Unless of course you are the average sized American who will have a heart attack at the first sign of a slope or one of those unadventurous lovey dovey types who think all the Cinque Terre has to offer is a place to dump your trash in the form of padlocks and other trinkets. Whilst the crass graffiti and other vandalism to the flora and fauna on this flat and unappealing route may appeal to some, to me it is a shrine to something I hate about our modern civilization. The only thing it offered me as I walked disgustedly through this crime, was a good picture to use on my future blog about the distaste I have for what I see as the wanton vandalism to other people’s property by so called graffiti artists (I’m never sure why the word artist is used personally). However, If you do insist on taking this route to Manarola, it is not without a warning from me.

On the other hand Manarola does lead onto Route 6 and 7 towards Volastra, Corniglia and Vernazza, or if you are feeling adventurous the long walk 1 along the top of the Cinque Terre. As in most places, if you’re at the bottom looking up all you see is sky. If you’re at the top looking down you get to see everything in its glory below you as well. And even a touch of vertigo if you’re Frances. Our walk from Manarola to Volastra and then Corniglia was spectacular to say the least and as we stopped for lunch we knew we had partaken of a walk in a very special place in the world. Seeing the way people have shaped the land into productive farming areas over the hundreds of years and in doing so created such beauty with it. The second part of our trip towards Vernazza was more of a challenge and at some stages I would use the word foolhardy as we clambered down what were almost sheer cliff faces to get to our destination. But I would change none of our experience in the least. As I write this blog I have come to the conclusion that I don’t really have the words to describe the magic of the place and so I am shutting up and cutting this blog short and letting the pictures do the talking. Below you will find a few of the pictures we took as we explored this remarkable landscape.

The Classic Cinque Terre
The Classic Cinque Terre.

The Perfect View for Neptune
The Perfect View for Neptune.

View Towards Manarola
View Towards Manarola.

View Along Route Six
View Along Route Six.

All Those Steps Are Sure To Hurt
All Those Steps Are Sure To Hurt.

It's A Long Way Up, But Frances Is Almost There
It’s A Long Way Up, But Frances Is Almost There.

Our Lunchtime Stop At Corniglia Is Still So Far Away
Our Lunchtime Stop At Corniglia Is Still So Far Away.

Vines And Dry Stone Walls As Far As The Eye Can See
Vines And Dry Stone Walls As Far As The Eye Can See.

Who Chose This Mountaineering Route?
Who Chose This Mountaineering Route?

Hope you enjoyed….

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