Today, thanks go to fellow author Patricia Stoltey for sharing her adventure to Cinque Terre, both pictures AND commentary.
But first, please take a minute to go over to Kitchen Daily -- they've published an article I wrote about creating new holiday traditions. (And if you'd click the "like" button at the bottom of that post, I'd be ecstatic!)
Patricia Stoltey's Trip to Cinque Terre
My husband and I visited Italy's Cinque Terre in 2000 and bravely attempted one leg of the hiking trail that connects the coastal villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Luckily, we only planned to do the section from Monterosso to Vernazza because it took a lot longer that we expected (mostly my fault since I was seriously out of shape for the climbing part of the trip).
A few of these photos were taken by my husband. You can tell which ones because he always manages to get me in the photo, usually from the rear.
#1: The path looked so easy when we first left Monterosso. Should we continue? "Sure," I said. "Piece of cake."
#2: Soon the trail began to climb and the wide pathway disappeared. In some places, stone steps made it easier to navigate, but there were no more handrails.
#3: Many sections of narrow dirt path circled the hills and wandered past hillside vineyards.
#4: When I turned to look back toward Monterosso, it seemed very far away.
#5: But soon I could see Vernazza in the far, far distance. It's nearly hidden by the shrubs in this photo, but it's down toward the water just right of and slightly below center.
#6: This is Vernazza from the same spot, but using my telephoto lens.
#7: Eventually we were on on way downhill, and the trail grew wider and easier to manage.
#8: Finally we made it to Vernazza, ready for gelato, lots of gelato, to make up for all those calories I had burned.
All of these photos were scanned from 35mm prints, and were lightly edited because the photos have begun to fade.
Happy Holidays, Everyone!