13.05.2011 - 13.05.2011 21 °C
We started the day with cappuccinos and pastry. One thing we’ve decided we absolutely love about Europe, at least the countries we’ve been to, is their unashamed use of nutella in absolutely everything. We’ve never seen a breakfast spread without nutella. It’s in doughnuts, in pastries, on bread, on waffles and crepes, it’s even on focaccia! Along with anything carb-y you will find nutella, and we are only happy to indulge. Of the places we’ve visited in Italy thus far, we have been treated the best at this coffee shop. When we arrived we were greeted with a “bonjourno” and a smile, not a scowl.
After breakfast we walked on down to the train station looking for the wireless going for the rate of 5 euros an hour. The shop was still closed at 0900 so we walked back up the treacherous 9 flights of stairs to our room. We got our stuff together and hurried back down. We hurried because the train left at 1019 and for some reason, even though I knew it was 0900 I though the train was coming in 20 minutes. When we got there we realized, of course, we had an hour to wait for the train. Darn! We walked Via Delle Amore, which was much less busy early in the morning, to the next village Manarola and waited 45 minutes at that station.
The train brought us to Montorosso, the farthest town of the five. It also happens to be the largest town with rocky beaches and beach chairs renting for 10 euros a piece. We scoped out a free beach and logged it in our minds. We hiked and I mean actually hiked the 2 hours between Montorosso and Vernazza. The hike was amazing. We travelled through terraced vineyards and gardens covering the mountian. Everywhere we saw was full of vibrant flowers in purples, yellows and reds, it smelled sweet and floral and the views were to die for. The paths were treacherous and sketchy at times and there were a lot of people hiking the narrow paths in both directions.
In Vernazza we picked up some focaccia for lunch and took it to the pier where we sat in front of the water. After our delicious lunch we ate some sorbet (lemon and raspberry!) and started the very steep uphill climb to Corniglia. It took us around 1.25 hours for this hike and we were absolutely drenched in sweat by the end of it. When we arrived we walked straight to the train station eager to be home for a shower. On our descent down the staircase with 365 steps the train we needed came and went. It took 1 hour for the next train.
Eventually we got home and enjoyed a glass of coke with Shane’s fresh lemon in it. Best coke I’ve ever had for sure. The lemon (and citrus) here are sweeter and have a more floral scent than any I’ve had. We showered and I headed back down the hill with the computer to use the wireless internet. Shane and I had been going back and forth as to wether we should just stay off the internet until we got to Rome. It is rather nice to be completely unconnected for a while. Ultimately decided that if we hadn’t heard from our families while they were on vacation for a few days that we would be concerned. So we bucked up the 5 euros and answered some emails. Thank you to all for wanting to read what we write and being concerned for us in our absence!
We spent 1.5 hours (yes!) computer-ing it up. We brought the computer back up the stairs of doom and came back down yet again. We took the train to Vernazza for dinner and, after being treated like dirt at one establishment we settled on another a few minutes down the road. We enjoyed our meal and bottle of house wine, but the winner was the tiramisu at the end, delicious! We checked the train schedule and noticed our 40 minute wait. We bought some gelato, (our favourite to date) mine was caffe and mascarpone with nutella, and Shane’s...you guessed it lemon and strawberry. Once we got home we watched another episode of the Tudors and fell asleep.