Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Feature - Cinque Terre

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.


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Oh my word. How beautiful! Looks like paradise...


Carol Kilgore said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I'd love to go there one day.

joe doaks-Author said...

I was in Italy about three years ago. We had time for Rome, Florence, and Pisa. We knew about Cinque Terre, but it was a bit geographically removed from where we were and our time constraints didn't allow a visit. Of course, missing it has an upside...a great excuse to go back.

Best Wishes Galen.
Imagineering Fiction Blog

GunDiva said...

Hi all! Thanks for enjoying my pics. There are so many of them that paring them down to just six for Terry was kind of difficult.

Cinque Terre is kind of "out there", off the beaten path, but well worth the trip. In fact, when my husband and I were planning our trip to Italy, I told him I don't care where we go, we're going to spend at least three days in Cinque Terre!


Pamela Hearon said...

The Cinque terre is one of my favorite places in the world! My husband and I stayed in Lerici and hiked a bit of the CT. My current wip is set there! Thanks for the inspiration today!

GunDiva said...

Pamela, I can't wait to read a book set there. I tell you, if I could, I'd be on my way right now. It is the most amazing place I've ever been and can't wait to go back.

Jemi Fraser said...

Wow!! Truly gorgeous scenery - what a lovely place :)

Penny Rader said...

What a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for sharing!

Marianne Evans said...

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Congrats again! Enjoy your blog!! Marianne

Terry Odell said...

Thanks, Marianne - glad you're enjoying my ramblings.