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I thought I’d end the week with some last Italy photos, this time from the Cinque Terre where we stayed on our last week.

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Cinque Terre literally means Five Lands because of the five towns nestled into the rugged coast line – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, all painted UNESCO agreed, pretty colours.

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These towns were once a favourite of marauding pirates but these days they remain pedestrianised, fairly closed communities and although they now enjoy (or maybe not) being a tourist hotspot, they were once largely ignored and you do get a sense that people are just carrying on with their regular lives while the tourists take over the town for a season.

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These days the trails between the towns are open to walk (except where significant flood damage in the past has caused them to remain closed).

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Three towns are easily accessible by boat (although it was quite choppy) and one town we didn’t get to at all because you can only get in by train ( a little walk away) or by hiking and by that time we’d eaten too many ice-creams and become sloth like so we didn’t go.

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We did walk from Monterosso toVernazza one day – OMG – the steps that began the trails – the ones that got you above sea level – the trillion, million steps, well I nearly died – it was like stair master extreme! But once we were ‘up’ then it was worth it all and we got the train back 🙂

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A lot of my photographs look grey – in part to my camera – and in part to the passionate Italian weather we had which was sunny one minute and tropical thunderstorm the next.

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The most prized possession to most locals is their boat which are pulled up into the heart of the harbour if inclement wether is forecast – I loved that we had to squeeze round them all regardless – boat first, tourists second!

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So thanks for letting me share this photo-journal here. Back to normal life now!

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