Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Last Day in Cinque Terre....sigh*

September 18,2012

On our last day in Cinque Terre, in our sweet, sweet hotel...we all met once more for a wonderful breakfast
the view looking into our breakfast room
Our notorious leader told us this day that we were going back to Vernazza, to shop and explore, since we really didn't get to see the village on the day we hiked there. And that we were to get there on our own, without her.  Meaning, we had to go to train station, look up schedules, pay for our tickets and actually ride the train over there.  Since several of us were going on in different directions after the retreat, this was very beneficial.  I really needed to figure out how to get from town to town on my own.
Brava!!!!  We all made it!
  Lisa and I immediately started walking to the top of the town.....up up up and more up.
Beautiful sites along the way
Halfway up, I turned around to look down upon the town from a completely different angle
and the train station below
we knew we'd gotten to the top when we saw this sign
One of the five cities that make up Cinque Terre. The hiking trail goes around the top of the mountain in Vernazza
Well, by now, you know how tired and hot we are so just what time do you think it is??
Beer 30!
we stopped at the cutest lil cafe on the main street and sat outside to people watch and, of course!
Fried fresh anchovies!  YUM! I'm tellin ya..they were delicious
ms. lisa had tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.
we shared spaghetti and mussels
and gnocchi in tomato/garlic sauce
while we're sitting at the cafe, thoroughly enjoying this delicious food, we watched as one by one, the men started to watch the street from their windows or porches....very common there.

Time to head back to train station to catch the last afternoon train.
Once back to Monterossa, we wanted to take one last stroll thru town and down the beaches.
As we walked down a very quiet street, we came upon a gorgeous door that was cracked open a bit.  I, for sure, needed to see what was behind it.  Lo and Behold....the most beautiful church ever!  And you would never have known it because of the unassuming facade.

without my flash in the darkened chapel
I was never ceased to be amazed by the architecture and decor in every church in Italy!
For dinner we just couldn't choose where we wanted to eat on our last night here.  Came across this sign
which was weird cuz this was the chef inside
looking a bit like Popeye beside the biggest array of fresh seafood you've ever seen.  So even tho the sign looked asian, it was definitely italian.  There are hardly any other ethically inspired restaurants in old Italy.  Just good ol' Italian, slap yo mama, fresh food!
We had seafood risotto that had every kind of seafood in it and a beautiful cheese platter with delightful vino, of course!
sorry for the shadow....we were eating outside and I was too excited about this plate of risotto to expose correctly at right distance!!
Whew!!!!  Do you see why we were so tired every night?  We put alot of activitiy into each day from sunup to way after sundown!
But tomorrow?  We're off to Lucca to spend 3 days and 3 nights!!
WOOOOOHOOOO....more adventures!

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