After 11 hours of travelling by bus, train, and plane I made it to Monterosso al Mare, the 5th town that makes up Cinqueterre.  Cinqueterre is made up of cinque (the number 5 in Italian) and terre (land in Italian).  5 lands.  I’m in the 5th one which is the biggest and has the most to do.  However, there is not a lot going on while it is pouring rain.  I need to invest in a pancho or fashionable garbage bag.

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View from my balcony of my hotel L’Antica Terrazza.

I was planning on hiking between cities of all 5 towns today.  However, it is pouring and 2 of the trails are closed due to a bad mudslide back in October.  Supposedly the rain is going to slow down later so I’ll go this afternoon hopefully and take the train between the trails that are closed.

Last night I got lost finding my tiny hotel.

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I had a glass of wine with the owner of the hotel, Raffaella.  She was bored waiting for everyone to arrive so we sat at the trattoria next door for some fabulous yet very cheap Sicilian wine. She lectured me on how a little wine everyday is good for the soul due to its high antioxidant and iron content.  Oh Italy.

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I like travelling the world and seeing new things but Italy is by far my favorite country to visit.  It helps I know a little of the language (although I accidentally said 2 different things in Spanish rather than Italian….oops!) but the wine, food, and hospitality are the best.

I was able to figure out how to special order some pasta at Ristorante Belvedere– linguine with mushroom sauce.  yay me!  It was the best thing I’ve ate this whole trip.  Sorry Budapest.  The photo is a little blurry because I was in a hurry to eat!  yum!  La Scala in Baltimore doesn’t even compare to this.

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3 Responses

  1. Mariah says:

    Uh oh, I have a major case of JEALOUS now.

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