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Jul 4, 2018 - Addio Italia

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep Sea, and music in its roar: I love not Man the less, but Nature more, From these our interviews, in which I steal From all I may be, or have been before, To mingle with the Universe, and feel What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.” ― George Gordon Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

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Helen in Europe

Jul 2, 2018 - Far from the madding crowd; Riomaggiore my way

'Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife, Their sober wishes never learn'd to stray; Along the cool sequester'd vale of life They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.' A phrase is adapted from the “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,” by Thomas Gray: madding means “frenzied.” The lines containing the phrase speak of the people buried in the churchyard: “Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife / Their sober wishes never learned to stray.” And in the late nineteenth century, the English author Thomas Hardy named one of his...

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Helen in Europe

Jul 1, 2018 - Cinque terror

I am starting to realise just how lucky I have been to have been able to enjoy Europe in perfect conditions before the swarms of holiday makers descend. I have hardly had to endure any cold weather at all and I have been able to wear summer clothing most of the time. There have been times when I have enjoyed roaming the streets of Lecco, alongside Lake Como or up in the mountains hiking, or even taking a chance on the various museums and wondered why the streets and rooms were empty. Lecco was often busy on weekends but nothing like I...

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Helen in Europe

Oct 2, 2015 - The Mediterranean & rain!

Hi all, On Thursday we headed out on the train for the coast of Italy on the Mediterranean Sea. We are staying in a tiny hotel up high on a cliff overlooking Riomaggiore in the Cinque Terre (or the 5 lands). There are 5 small fishing villages perching precariously on the cliffs. Unfortunately there have been floods here recently and most of the walking paths are closed. We arrived in a few spots of rain along with many tourists and took a bus up the very steep hill. The forecast was not promising but so we set out straight away to see as...

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Jul 22, 2015 - Day Nine: Riomaggiore

After all our hiking I definitely slept well and was ready for another beautiful day in Cinque Terre, maybe with a little less walking. We were all set for the markets at Levanto and walked down to the train station to buy our tickets. We double checked the platform because we kept getting it wrong. At the correct platform we had just missed a train and had to wait about half an hour for the next train and of course by the time the train came the platform was full and so was the train. Some people got off and some got on, but of course even...

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Jul 21, 2015 - Day Eight: Riomaggiore

Well my clothes successfully dried overnight, except for my denim shorts which because they are so thick will take a little longer to dry. So this morning we did the usual, got up, got ready and headed over for breakfast. At breakfast I looked up a train and the next one we could get to Manarola was 10:05am, so we had about half an hour to spare. We quickly used the wifi to check if we had any messages and then we walked down to the station to buy our ticket. We had to buy a Cinque Terre multi service ticket so we could use the trains and...

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Jul 20, 2015 - Day Seven: Riomaggiore

What a difference it makes with cooler weather overnight. I had the best sleep I've had since we arrived in Italy, we even slept in till about 9:00am The hostel includes breakfast which is a bonus, so I had yoghurt with muesli, a croissant and a very strong coffee. After breakfast we used the wifi to plan out our next few days in Cinque Terre. We decided that we would spend today in Riomaggiore exploring the town, tomorrow we will hike between the five towns with swimming along the way and on our final day we will go to Levanto to the...

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Jul 19, 2015 - Day Six: Venice to Riomaggiore

After a very restless and hot night I finally cooled down as the sun came up and my alarm went off. We got dressed, packed our bags, checked out and started walking to the station. We were thankful we'd chosen an early train to catch as at 8:00am it was already starting to heat up and the streets were empty making the walk much easier. At the station we grabbed something to eat and waited for the platform number to appear on the board. At 8:46am I went to ask the man at information desk what platform the train to Milan was departing from as...

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Jun 19, 2015 - Campiglia to Riomaggiore

We take to the trail today to walk from Campiglia to Riomaggiore, the first of the Cinque Terre or 'five lands'. This is a pretty easy hike for us, considering the hills and heat we've done, and nice under sunny, skies and ocean breeze. Of course it starts with a climb, and finishes with a long descent over the ancient stony paths and steps. Somewhat strangely, in the middle of our trail is a public exercise circuit with stations such balance beams, rope ladders and stair climb station! Considering what we're hiking over, we find this very...

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Walks in Italy

Sep 16, 2014 - Italy – Riomaggiore to Venazza

Another good sleep and a beautiful morning! Breakfast on the 4th floor and an earlier departure of 9:00am to catch the 9:14am train to Riomaggiore. As we are soon to find out, Italian trains are not as punctual as the German or Swiss! The train arrived late and was packed. We managed to squeeze on and at the following stop of Levanto we were like sardines! There was a problem of some sort at Levanto and we waited for 15 eternal minutes sandwiched amongst other Cinque Terre hikers. Finally on our way, and within the next couple of stops the...

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Jun 2, 2014 - Riomaggiore, Monterosso and Vernazza

Feeling much better after a good sleep, I got ready and ventured outside to find it much less hectic than the day before. This was partly due to the time of day, but it was much quieter in general which was great. Lorraine lives in the area and saw me as I left the room. She asked about my plans for the day and then insisted on getting me a beach towel incase I wanted to swim in Monterosso. Towel packed, I got my ticket for the ferry and it boarded just a few minutes later. The ferry is definitely a great way to see the Cinque Terre,...

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Jun 1, 2014 - From the Tuscan sun to the Ligurian Sea

Up and away by 8am, I was very excited to get to the Cinque Terre. Even locals of Florence had told me how surreal it is. We made a stop for breakfast (prosciutto and fresh mozzarella panini) and arrived at La Spezia shortly after. Then the chaos ensued! We were dropped at the train station and being Sunday of a long weekend, it was extremely busy at the station. A few people made use of the 'Italian Gap' - if you leave even 10cms between yourself and the person in front of you, the locals will push in, but I eventually got my ticket the...

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