Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more
It was spring in Cinque Terre, and the weather was atrocious. The sky was grey, with not a hint of a gap in the thick clouds. The little seaside villages that hugged the cliff side looked hunkered down and sleepy, like they were still waking up from a long winter hibernation.
Undaunted, my travelling companion and I tackled the hiking trail that links the five villages. Nature, being the disciplined queen that she is, had marched determinedly forth regardless. The landscape was lush and green and fresh wild flowers peeked out here and there along the path that links the villages.
The first section of the trail we tackled was between Manterosso and Vernazza. The 3km trail was hilly, and we regretted not starting earlier in the day when it was cooler. The hike took 2 hours, but the views made it well worth it.
Unfortunately, the rest of the paths were closed, so we had to resort to taking the little train that links the villages. We didn’t get to spend as much time as we liked hiking the trails, but that did mean that we had a lot of time left for eating!
If you’re in the region, do try the focaccia, preferably with a thick smear of the local pesto. If you’re looking for a cheap meal, head to La Genovese in nearby Rapallo; the food is cheap and incredibly delicious.
This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh.
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