Today we did another walk, this time from Monterossa to Vanazza where the path climbs from 5m above sea level to 460m. I found the hike a little easier today, than yesterday, either because I am getting used to the steep stairs or my muscles are getting stronger. In any event, it was still a challenging walk, because there weren’t nearly as many railings along the path as there were yesterday, also the path was quite narrow at times and there were several streams to ford – a technical term for jump over and hope that you don’t slip and fall half way down the mountain.
The challenges are worth it though, because your rewards are absolutely magnificent views of the coast, gorgeous displays of wildflowers from the terraces above and below the path and the wonderful feeling of connecting with the people who created these paths hundreds of years ago.
|Wildflowers in Cinque Terre|
There are always people of all ages and abilities on the walks. When I set out I didn’t realize that I really have a significant fear of heights, plus my balance isn’t as great as I would have liked, so I went slowly, clung to the walls, where there were no railings and never looked down on a sheer drop!
|Vernazza coming down the Mountain|
We’ve eaten out every night except for the night it rained. The food has been excellent, however, the service again varies from restaurant to restaurant. We have so far had only one bad experience.
|Local Catch - Monterosso|
Since the two walks that are the easiest are closed for repairs, we will probably just take the train to the last two towns, Manarola and Riomagiorre to admire their unique characteristics. There is also a ferry between the towns, but since we have paid for the train pass, it makes sense to use it.
Hope to have wifi today.