Thursday, January 25, 2007

Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre
In the summer of 2005, my family and I traveled a bit in Italy. One side trip we took was to the Cinque Terre area. Cinque Terre is visually stunning, as in the picture, but was not the highlight of the trip in my mind. It was very touristy and I did not find the people at all friendly. My sense was that the region was dying out and turning to tourism to keep it alive but that the need to do so was resented by the locals.
Cinque Terre is relatively difficult to reach due to limited car access but once you are able to enter one of the small towns, there is boat transportation up and down the coast. There is also a walking trail which we unfortunately did not have time or energy to do. Maybe with more time I would have had a more favorable experience of the region.


Debo Blue said...

I've always wanted to visit Italy. Back in 1992 on my first visit to Paris my girlfriends and I befriended a group of Italian men on holiday and we hung out the remainder of the trip.

These guys were so handsome and friendly, not seeming to care about my wide girth so I thought there must be hundreds of Italian men that liked big women.

Now I just want to go to experience the history and the food!

Rose of Sharon said...

Beautiful photo, as usual! You are certainly well-traveled.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Stunning photo. We never got to Cinque Terre when we were in Italy. We were in Turin and Ventimiglia and peopel were very friendly. Mostly anyway.