It's Friday Field Trip time again. This week, thanks to one of my faithful readers, Shawntel, we're going to Cinque Terre in Italy.
Shawntel is a newly married mother of three teenagers, a cat, a step-dog, and a horse. Within days a hedgehog will be joining her family. She didn't travel until she was in her thirties and immediately fell in love with it. Her first trip abroad was to England, Ireland, and Scotland with a large group of friends. Four years later, she loaded up and went to Italy, which was beautiful. Tuscany was exactly as she had pictured it and was lovely. Cinque Terre, however, immediately stole her heart. It was designated a National Park in 1997 and is a chain of five villages linked by hiking trails and a train. Gas-powered motorized vehicles are forbidden and though she's heard that electric busses are allowed, she didn't see one during her stay. She wants to share her love of travel with her kids, so they'll be taking a family trip to Italy in 2011.
View from a tower in Manarola, the second village in the chain of five.
Looking back toward Manarola from our walk to Riomaggiore
One of the magnificent views on the hike from Vernazza to Monterrosso
Another view from the tower in Manarola
Me in a "window" carved in the tunnel between Manarola and Riomaggiore
If you look very closely on the left side of the cliff, is of a stone staircase descending to the Mediterranean Sea
Gorgeous! Thank you, Shawntel. And if anyone else would like to share pictures, just drop me an email. Put "Friday Feature" in the subject.