Favourite 'Look Twice' Moment:
Suddenly, to our great surprise, we saw a cyclist travelling down this same path. Shake our head, blink our eyes, is he really travelling this terrain? And, if he is coming down, did he really cycle up?
My 'Greatest Accomplishment' - Hiking the Cinque Terre:
It was a real test of my fitness, my fortitude! It was the most physically demanding thing I have done since... giving birth?? Five hours of climbing, mostly uphill. It felt like 5 straight training sessions from my personal trainer, Melissa. The tourist guide books all suggest taking the low-lying paths from village to village. But no, we decided to head upwards into the less travelled terraced hills on a hot, humid day. "Leave early in the morning, to beat the heat" the book suggested. And we left sometime after 10:30am. oops!
The first 3 hours we set out from Vernazza and hiked towards Montorossa. The resulting views were exceptional, and well worth the effort!
At some strategic point along the climb, we happened upon a natural spring. What a Godsend! "Water from the rock is what I needed!"
We cooled off, filled out water bottles, and set out again!
Corniglia. That second half of the day I thought I would perish! But the very good news is that I did it! I persevered and pushed onwards and upwards. I nearly gave up, but we finally crested the top of the climb and it was downhill then to this-
'Favourite Photos' of Each Traveller:
So relaxed and relieved to be in this idyllic setting - a sparkling clean, quiet, 16th Century Auberge, Cote Loire, in the peaceful town of Blois in France.