Ride Me is dedicated to the lifestyle and culture of living Car Free in Portland, Or. Traveling only by bike and public transit is a great way to get around the Rose City.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Cinque Terre, Italy
June 20, 2006

After 3 days in such a beautiful place it is hard to leave. Imagine 5 small villages chiseled into the side of a cliff above the Mediterranean Sea, linked together by centuries old trails traversing the mountains and steeply terraced vinyards that produce some of the best wine in the world. Perhaps you can begin to visulize Cinque Terre.
The five villages, Monterossa, Vernazza, Corniglia, Maranola and Riomaggiore each are crowned with a castle, hence the moniker "Terre", meaning land. We hiked the trails linking Riomaggiore to Vernazza, where we stayed, and it took almost all day. Arriving in the village of Vernazza without a room we were instantly set upon by Snra. Guiseppina, who offered us a two room apartment in her home that looked like an Italian fairy tale. It seems she does not advertise but rather trolls the train platform looking for acceptable guests. Our 2 day stay extended to 3 days due to a Train Italia workers strike, which gave us time for more swimming and hiking, and of course great food!
Thinking of the communities that have existed here for almost 1500 years, it is utterly amazing to think that such a place ever existed let alone still exists. Look for a gallery of these place later in the week when I get time to post it.
We are off to the Swiss lakes and then on to Bavaria from here...
Ciao!

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