Oh, how I wish I was able to visit Cinque Terre in the summer time! The Italian Riviera (as all parts of Italy) is a vacation hot spot year round BUT I could kill to be in Cinque Terre right now. Cinque Terre (five villages) are coastal villages in the Liguria region of Italy, facing the Mediterranean. These villages are contained by a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cinque Terre National park.
Aside from the national park, another main attraction of Cinque Terre is a trail that goes through all five villages. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go on all parts of the trail. I did a bit of the Monterosso al Mare trail (I stayed in Monterosso) the morning before I left for Florence. During my stay in Monterosso, I realized how tried I was from going from one destination to another. I did not think it would be so tiring (rookie mistake) so I found myself sleeping during the day after I checked into my accommodate and then explore the town a bit before dinner. I didn’t have enough time to get familiar with these place before I was immediately (+/- 24 hours) leaving for my next location (the next morning). Hmm, no one should travel like this (I am still learning).
While in Cinque Terre, I was able to scratch off one more item from my bucket list which was going to a bar/club by myself. Right across the B&B (Da Vice Rooms) I stayed at was a local bar called Fast Bar. I had already had a complimentary lemoncello shot from the restaurant where I had another delicious seafood pasta dinner at so I ended up getting a cocktail to sip on as I people watched (yes, at a bar). As much as I am confident enough in my own awareness (and others may be confident in theirs too), I do not recommend getting drunk in a foreign country, especially when you are solo traveling. Additionally, do know your tolerance level.
After a little over an hour of people watching, it was almost midnight so I walked to my B&B since I had another long day of traveling ahead of me. I was so beat from traveling to three regions in three days and needed as much rest as I can get.
At this point in time, I wish I was able to blog while I was on this journey rather than reflect months later. Although I long to relive those moments, my experience is not as fresh anymore. I’m at the point where a traveler gets tired of telling the same story over and over again. However, the moments I remember are worth telling. Also, I’ve been having technical difficulties with my Dropbox and my photos and photos I once had on my phone. It’s weird how most photos of me are missing in action… Anyway, until next time!