A tale of five towns

As if we didn’t have enough to celebrate, Monday 2 September was also Ed’s 26th birthday! I was up at 2:30am to hang a birthday message on the washing line outside our room and we were both up a couple of hours later to watch the sun wake up the sleepy little town of Monterosso.

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I carried a hot cup of tea and watched on as Ed skipped rocks across the still ocean water.

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After another magnificent breakfast with Giovanni we put on our walking shoes and set off to explore the five cliff-hugging towns of the Cinque Terre.

Monterosso al Mare

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Vernazza

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Corniglia

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Manarola

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Riomaggiore

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Due to recent landslides only the first two tracks (between Monterosso, Vernazza and Corniglia) were open. Thank goodness because our legs were jelly by the time we reached Corniglia – it was tough walking!

We stopped in for lunch at Corniglia, took a train from Corniglia to Riomaggiore and returned to Monterosso along the coastline by boat.

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We enjoyed a few wines on the terrace in the evening (including a complimentary grande vino rosso from Giovanni – bless his heart) before heading into town for one of the best meals of the trip to date. We shared linguini al ragù, spaghetti ai frutti di mare with two prawns and hundreds of mussels and a side of vegetables. It was magical.

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