Five lands, so little time.
It is day three of the tour that will now showcase the Cinque Terre, “the five lands.” The Cinque Terre is a string of seaside villages that are each centuries old, hanging nervously on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline.
Outside of the obvious places of call for tourists, the area is known as the home of pesto, and if you believe our splendid tour guide Diego, it is also responsible for the production of the best white wine in Italy, and the world’s best mussels and anchovies. I'll take his word on the anchovies.
It is impressive that the Cinque Terre is known for so many things since the population of all five areas combined is a few thousand.
By boat we made our first stop was Porto Venere, passed by Rio Maggiori, Manorola and Corniglia, before stopping in Vernazza and Monterosso. We’ve been to Vernazza and Monterosso before so I was pretty excited to revisit them. The colours of the buildings, so we learned, was so sailors could see their homes as they came home from sea (in case it may have fallen to the sea is my guess). For us it is a reason to have a watercolor set.
The food and drinks in Monterosso was fantastic, having gnocchi and fresh pesto and of course beer, and our friend Robert bought a bottle of Cinque Terre wine that was really good. And we took in a free taste of Lemoncello. For dinner I had a "large beer" and we shared another great bottle of wine.
I am now seriously growing myself another liver.
I continued my work taking pictures of things are red. It’s a tough job but I am up for it. Hope you like the photos!
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MEDITTERANEAN BLOG Hi all. There is a quote on my homepage that says, "I haven't been everywhere but it's on my list." My words to live by. I want to see it all. On this trip we will see Turkey, Greece, Croatia, and Albania. All places I have not been. So time to take a few off my list!