Took the train to Riomaggiore and walked the "Via dell' Amore" to Mararola. There are pad locks all over that signify promises men and women make to each other as they become a couple/engaged/or married. It is a sight to see. Went into a few chapels and had a crepe for brunch. Sent some things from the region back to the US and it cost a ridiculous price to ship. I won't do that too often. Took a siesta back in Vernazza during an afternoon rain shower and then left for Monterosso to explore. Bought a train ticket to Pisa for Wednesday. Met lots of people from the US and Canada today and ran into them in multiple towns. In Monterosso a grampa said "Americano?" and when I said yes he stood up and gave me a big grampa-like hug and a kiss of the cheek. So cute. I ran into more travelers I'd met back in Vernazza and had dinner with a woman from London Canada at Trattoria Gianni. Had an arabiatta spaghetti- caprece appetizer-shared a bottle of house red vino and dessert. What a fulfilling day.
Don't ship by air packages back to the US that cost more than the contents.
Go to the open air market in Vernazza 8-1. Laundry? Find a place to stay in Florence? Hike to Monterosso?
Wednesday- Pisa for a few photos- then on toward Florence
15 March 2011
Finishing up in the Cinque Terre
Woke early and went for a walk. The market was supposed to go from 8-1, but things don't start promptly here, so I uploaded some pictures, and caught up a bit online. Read my book out on the terrace with the ocean playing in the background. Figured out when the train leaves in the morning (7:14am) and connects to Pisa through La Spezia. Found a hostel in Florence called Hostel 7 Santi that was a former convent with room and only 15 euro a night. It's a bit on the outskirts, but the price is right and it has good reviews. I had a lemoncello truffle and an apple for lunch and am looking forward (bitter-sweetly) to my last dinner in Cinque Terre.
Don't bother getting up early for something that goes all morning. :)
Take the train to Pisa for pictures then hop back on and find my way to Florence.