There are a lot of photos – you might want to sit down with a coffee to look at them!
The kids all go traveling on their own, they reckon it’s better, you can do what you want when you want etc, but I have usually always gone with friends or family or gone places where I will meet up with various friends along the way.
This latest trip was a challenge…
In March of this year I visited, with a friend, the 5 villages of the Cinque Terre in Italy. We had beautiful weather and I loved the area. I persuaded my husband that he needed a holiday and that it would be good to go on a much longer walk from Portofino near Genoa to Portovenere near La Spezia
The distances would be long but there is a train running all along the coast so there was no pressure to walk all the way
Flights were cheap and I booked accommodation along the way
A few days before we were to leave I will re call the conversation
“I’ll print your boarding pass if you get me your passport, it’s not in the drawer”
“It’s in my office”
A day later
“Any chance of you getting your passport”
“It’s not there”
It was not to be found
So I had to make a decision….
Cancel the trip
Ask someone if they wanted to come with me
Go on my own
I was nervous about going on my own (on reflection I’m not sure why)
Probably because the distances were long, I did not have a proper map and did I really want to spend so much time on my own.
The weather was amazing – blue sky, warm sun and there were lots of interesting things to see along the way
I will write up what I did etc as I always like to share my travel itineraies so that if anyone else is thinking about doing the same I can pass on my knowledge
I arrived into Pisa
and the following morning got on a train to Genoa.
There is an amazing interiors shop
I wanted to see the Ethnographic museum,
which was interesting, then caught the train to Rapallo. I spent the afternoon looking round the small town, famous for its lace making and visited the lace museum. Fabulous location
Next morning I caught a bus to Portofino, walked to the lighthouse – the furthest point on the tip and started the walk, through Santa Margherita and back into Rapallo
Zoagli is famous for its silk velvet production and luckily the shop (on my route) was open. It must vote as being the fabric shop with the best view.
On to Chiavari, where I stayed the night. There was a big flea market on in the town, many of the streets in the centre were closed to cars and it was good to be able to spend the evening browsing the stalls, although I didn’t want to buy anything as would have to carry it all the way.
Next morning I had an early start as I knew it was going to be a long days walking through Lavagna and Sestri Levante on to Moneglia. Once in MOneglia I decided to get the train on to Deiva Marina so that the next day would be less to walk, and walk back. This part of the coastline is the least pretty and obviously not the most popular walking route. I didn’t see anyone for at least 2 hours.
The path was narrow and not well walked
I work hard to learn how to use my technology – how did we ever manage before google maps, and guide books on my phone etc.
I caught an early train back the next morning to Deiva Marina to start again, walking through Bonassola and Levanto to Monterosso. The tunnel made the walk a bit shorter.
It was then only a few train stops to Manarola, it is the best place to see the sunset so I sat with my glass of wine in the sunset bar watching the houses change colour as the sun set
I wasn’t sure if it was possible to walk through all of the 5 villages in a day. It is but it’s hard and my phone showed a lot of flights that day
Another evening watching the sun set
From Riomaggiore it is possible to walk to the tip at Portovenere. A beautiful walk but the track is quite rough in parts
It’s a pretty town with more colourful houses
I checked in to the hostel and then caught a bus out to Lerici and Tellaro to watch the beautiful sunset
My final day I caught a train into Florence, I’ve been a few times and thought it might be busy but it was packed, after so many days of not seeing so many people I lasted a few hours. It was so peaceful in the little visited Ethnographic museum. I decided on a quick visit to see the Leaning Tower in Pisa, did some shopping and caught the plane home
Did I miss the company, yes and no, I walked long long distances. I only have a few special friends who will walk as far as I did
These are my steps for the week
27,987 42 floors
I’m sure these figures can’t be right but both my step counter and phone say roughly the same so maybe it is correct
Passport hasn’t turned up yet!
I hope you enjoy the photos these are just a random few
Returning home there was a copy of the new V and A book where I wrote a chapter
and another box of goodies from Clover
I know some of you are interested…
I listened to All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (fabulous book) and The Villa by Rosanna Ley