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  • raajashok 5:51 pm on March 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chianti, , Firenze, Florence, Italian, Italy, Manarola, pizza, Tuscan, Tuscany, Walkabouttours, wine,   

    Cinque Terre – five reasons you should not attempt this lovely (?) trek! 

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    against the odds

    The Cinque Terre trek.

    Please don’t attempt it under the following circumstances:

    During Summer

    When you have just three days in Florence

    If you have high BP

    If you hate walking and generally hate any form of exercise.

    If you are phobic of narrow-path

    My common denominator was all of the above!

    Then why did I attempt it?

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    The guide who was with us a very handsome guy!

    And we had in our group a pseudo sport who was hoping I would veto against this trek and I wanted to expose him! Evil me!

    The trek starts from Manarola where the swanky comfortable coach drops us leaving us to yearn for it for the next seven hours! From here it is a walk against the odds and along the Mediterranean Sea which looks like a huge truck load of diamonds has been dumped onto it! Shimmering and shining and blinding the eyes! WoW!

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    For me against the odds is an understatement since I wanted to turn back and run to where the coach had dropped us! When I asked Steffano (our handsome guide!) how long we have to hike/trek/struggle, he showed a distant speck of landmark and said: just till there!

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    Seriously dude! I am dead already! Now what?

    But puffing, panting, trekking, cussing, a train ride and a boat ride later, we arrived at the final check point from where we were to take a train back to where the coach dropped us.

    Of course there were incredible views in between which made me forget the weariness and brought an instant cheer!

    End of the day when we were back in our beautiful temporary home for the day, at hotel Albion smack in the city centre of Firenze, we reminisced on the beautiful day over flutes of wine and cheese. But when someone asked, if we would do it again, we said in a chorus: hell no! Instead we would do a Chianti wine and food safari tour!

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  • raajashok 7:09 am on June 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Amalfi coast, , Corniglia, Italy, Pasta, Trekking, UNESCO site, Vernazza   

    The Cinque Terre folly 

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    The folly is not Cinque Terre but me. The trip set to explore the beautiful set of 5 Italian villages accessed through trekking, boat ride and train rides was bloody tiring. Irrespective of the handsome tour guide Steffano, Mediterranean shining like someone had dumped a sea-load of diamonds, the trek WAS a boo for me, with the June heat beating mercilessly through the thin as net Ozone layer.  

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    Opt if you must for this trek, but do it during the spring, fall or winter months. Avoid June/July like plague.
    Believe me, the organised coach tours are like military holidays….do it your own if you have the health, willingness and a good company for it.

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    • karan3842 5:45 am on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I always hated these organised coach tours. yes, like a military holidays … no time to take in appreciate the beauty of the place which is the prime purpose. Its all about been there, seen them, photo-ops for the album….

      • raajashok 2:49 pm on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        absolutely…you can say that again Karan..

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