Vernazza, The Cinque Terre

There are five villages in this area off of the Italian Riveria. Cinque translated means 5 and Terre is lands. So essentially this area translates to “the five lands.”  Each of the villages have the own character and Vernazza is no different. The Cinque Terre has succumbed to mass tourism and visitor numbers are booming.Continue reading “Vernazza, The Cinque Terre”

Manarola, The Cinque Terre

Why is Italy so beautiful? In particular the picture postcard perfect Italian Riveira and notably The Cinque Terre. Five villages perched precariously and dangling to the elements of the Mediterranean sea. Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso are the famous five and best reached by train. There are various hiking routes between villages (maybe nextContinue reading “Manarola, The Cinque Terre”

Genoa

A day trip to Genoa. Genoa was one of Italy’s largest maritime strongholds along with Venice. The port today is still thriving with container shipping and tourism through cruises. Genoa differs from many Italian cities, such as Florence and Venice as it is not cursed with throngs of tourists and list of must see attractions. OurContinue reading “Genoa”

Cote d’Azur – Cannes

Day in Cannes by train for a change of scene. Its only about 5 euros and takes about 40 minutes relaxing at the views of the coast.  Not much planned except have a wander and take in the vibe The splendid La Croisette promenade.  The perfect platform for watching the world.  walk from end ofContinue reading “Cote d’Azur – Cannes”

48 hours in Budapest

I love Budapest for lots of reasons – its a romantic city (whats not to love about standing on a beautiful bridge looking over the city) architecture (especially art nouveau and modernist concrete metro stations), rickety trams, and long leisurely soaks in one of the municipal baths. This trip was spent investigating how many weirdContinue reading “48 hours in Budapest”