My sister complains a lot about how randomly Italian businesses in her area will close because the owners have gone to the sea. There is no indication of when they left or when they will be back, just that they have gone to the sea. I thought she was making it up until we went to her favorite restaurant and found that they had went to the sea.
So the Italians love the sea. Well, we do too, so we decided to hop on a train and head for Cinque Terre for sea and hiking.
It did not disappoint!
We stayed in an apartment style Inn above Riomaggiore, the first town. The views from the cafe at the Inn were pretty nice.
The views from our room were, er, interesting.
This guys spent hours working out in his tiny Speedo right outside our room. Thankfully we figured out how to close the shutters. The inside of the room was homey. We had our own kitchen/dining area and the couch was really a single bed.
The first night we took it easy and had dinner at a lovely cafe with a lovely view. I had my first langoustine. I always see them on Iron Chef but have never had one. They are mini lobsters that look related to shrimp. See:
I can’t find the picture of me eating one of these creepy guys but I can tell you it was delicious. On the second day, Micah and I decided to hike the five towns but unfortunately the some of the paths were closed so we only hiked three.
We started at the last town and worked our way back while all the Italians were at the Sea.
The views were worth the hike though. I think this is the fourth town – Manarola.
See. Pretty similar though they are different towns.
After a few hours, we finally finished the hike and we were both ready for some food and a shower but were happy to enjoy the view in.
We spent another day there just bumming around and relaxing. We spent a lot of time in the cafe at our Inn taking in the views and drinking cappuccinos.
On the way back Micah snapped a picture of my sister and I together. it’s the first time in a long time I can see how similar we look. People always point it out but we never believe them. This might have us convinced though. I’m on the right.