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May 27, 2016 - CINQUE TERRE. WHOA! Back in Time 14 Months. My last month (rch) "Living" in Italy, 2015. Chee!

Welp, it is May 27th, 2016 and I am now "Living" in Bergen, Norway anxious to post some current journal entries/photos from here until June 14th, when vagabond up to the Nordjiord and my ancestory land I visited in 2004. Here are photos of THE CINQUE TERRE. IN 2004, I had 3 major reason for a 2-month 12 country backpack/tain trip. 1. To meet 3rd cousins and visit ancestorial sites in Norway (3 sides) and Sweden (1 side) of my families. Also, to go to the returning of the Olympics to Athens, Greece. 3. To sightsee through Scandinavian and...

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Oct 28, 2015 - Yet another exciting travel day!

On our last night in Venazza we chose to have dinner with our new friend, Susie, the artist. She closed her gallery a bit early to join us as the tourist season here ends next week and business had already tapered off. Susie had moved to Vernazza 14 years ago and has established herself nicely with the locals. We had a marvelous dinner, but it was late and very dark for our last jaunt up the mountain. Scooter Boy led the way. We figured we would have no problem, because we figued we might see the lights of oncoming cars as we ventured up...

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Oct 26, 2015 - Next, they climbed the mountain...,

The morning was bright and beautiful, yet again. Ever since we arrived in Italy the weather has been perfect. Everyone is so surprised, but being the sunny kind of people we are, we took full credit. (Please Lord, don't strike me dead. We are just kidding!) Anyway, Scooter Boy and Shifty Sally make their way down the mountain, yet again, pausing long enough to have a cappuccino and a croissant. We jump the train, ( we love these trains,) and make our way to Riomaggiore, the southernmost city in the Cinque Terre. On a train it takes only...

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Oct 25, 2015 - And so they left the mountain.....

When we left you last, we had just had the most terrifying ride of our lives up the mountain to our beautiful little house. Mind you we can see to Greece from here. In fact, we heard their is a planned space shuttle expected to land next year right next door. Funny thing is, we are still not to the top of this mountain, but for me we are. close enough. You might also remember that we had no food up here. It is now 2 1/2 days later and Slick has eaten all of the toothpaste, wrestled the last biscotti from my hand and has now started to eat...

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Oct 13, 2014 - Vernazza

Today we took a short train ride to Vernazza, the closest town to Monterosso. Of course there was another uphill walk through the town. On the way up there was a bank, a post office and the ambulance barn where volunteers are on call for the 45 mins ride to La Spezia. There is also a World Wars Memorial plaque for the villagers who lost their lives during both world wars. After 1943, Hitler called up Italian boys over 15. Rather than die on the front for Hitler, they escaped to the hills. They became ”resistance fighters” in order to remain...

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May 18, 2013 - Leaving with a BANG: a plate of spaghetti

Today, was our last day in the Cinque Terre. We woke up and there wasn't a cloud in the sky; after eating our breakfast at the harbor, we filled our water bottles and started walking on the 2-hour hike between Vernazza and Monterosso (town 4-5 of the Cinque Terre). The hike was absolutely beautiful! We hiked straight up hundreds of stairs and then it leveled off and we walked for an hour over-looking the water and both the towns. The path was very narrow and the hike was popular so many times we had to be creative, in order to pass safely....

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May 16, 2013 - Thousands of Stairs

Today, we slept in and got bundled up for our two minute walk to the grocery store in the rain storm. We picked up some food for breakfast: granola and yogurt and also bought some pasta that we will be attempting to cook up for dinner. On our walk home from the grocery store, Kayley’s two euro umbrella, she bought in Florence, died. When the storm finally settled down, we walked to the train station and decided to explore two more of the five towns. We went to Corniglia and Manarola. Both towns were located on the side of a huge hill, so we...

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May 15, 2013 - 5 Towns

Today, we woke up and quickly packed our stuff so we could get to the train extra early. We LOVED Venice but have been looking forward to The Cinque Terre, so we were excited to go. Today, was the longest train ride of our trip (6 hrs) and we had to switch trains 3 times; we were glad for the previous train practice. Everything ran smoothly, we did have to run to a train with our luggage and at one point, I locked myself out of our cabin (without my ticket), when I used the restroom, and had to wait until the next stop to run back…but all...

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May 6, 2012 - Cinque Terre

Our time in Northern Italy continued with a day long tour of the Cinque Terre with another excellent local guide, Frederico Giani from Genoa. He met us at our hotel and we travelled by train to the Cinque Terre region. This area is a series of towns on the Ligurian coast. It is part of Italy's national park system and is known for the amazing terraced mountain sides and hiking paths connecting the 5 cities: Riomaggiore, Manola, Carmogli (I think) , Vernazza and Monterosso. You can reach the towns by ferry , train or walking ( a long ways)....

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Aug 17, 2011 - Ciao Italia!

Greetings! Today was our final day by the sea and Italy as well. We have to say we are very sad to leave the place we've called home the last week and a half. On our final day in the cinque Terre we geared up our engines and prepared for the 5 town hike. Unfortunately some of the paths were closed due to landslides so we only got to hike about half. We did get to go on the via dellamore aka lovers lane and place our lovers locks along the trail. We finished off the day with a dip in the ocean and some rock tanning. Always a delight! We are...

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Aug 15, 2011 - Cinque Terre

Today, we took the train to Vernazza. It was interesting because our easy train ride became very confusing... We haven't had any trains run on time yet. This is very unusual, normally the trains are insanely efficient. It's hard because everyone is on holiday and the trains are running double time. Our train was delayed 40 minutes or longer so we had to go to Pisa, then connect to La spezia, then connect again to get to Vernazza. Amazingly, even with all the transfers we made it to our destination an hour early. So Vernazza is the fourth...

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Jun 30, 2011 - My dear Cinque Terre

Warning times 2: I am back-dating this entry. I am writing on a French keyboard, where q,w,a,z,m, and the comma are all flipped around. Forgive me if I have errors. From Florence we went to Vernazza, one of the towns that make up the 5 lands (or Cinque Terra). The first day was mostly travel and beach... actually, it was ALL travel and beach. The town itself is 1 street. One. With a lot of little side alleys branching off from it and leading to the majority of the housing in the town. It was built in a little valley so, in order to reach...

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