Monday 10th October 2011 Weather:-24 degrees/some of the tourists are wearing jumpers and coats!
"Good Morning, all"
Today our objective was to get a day pass on the ferries (which we did) so that we could call in to the 4 other hamlets that cling to the rocks here in the ‘Bay of Poets’. The real name is the Bay of La Spezia but so many poets have written about this area that it has now been dubbed “The Bay of Poets”. Our intentions were sound but trying to fit in our visits to all the towns and also fitting in at least one walk between the towns did not comply with the infrequency of the ferries ‘comings and goings’ on top of that Corniglia does not have a harbour as it is about 100 meters above sea level and even from the railway station you face a steep hill followed by 377 steps up to the centre of it.
When buying tickets for the ferry I could hear the couple in front of us were Australian, the ticket seller had an Australian accent and also the people behind us were Australian—are there any left over there? As we were on the first ferry out of Monterosso we were packed in like sardines but a few people got off at the first stop which was Vernazza and as we had been there before we gave it a miss. We got a glimpse of Corniglia as we sailed past but our destination was Manorola where getting off the boat was a bit of a balancing act; the boat was swaying to and fro, the gangplank was not tied down and on wheels so you just had to ‘go with the flow’ as they say.
PS I have broken this day up as two entries as it is a bit too long with too many photos