Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Three beautiful places in three days

Saturday we went to Siena as a group. Siena was the first place in Italy I've seen that seems untouched. Although it's a popular tourist destination it has still kept its little town feel.

Sunday Tara and I left the hotel by 7 am to take two trains for two hours to go to Cinque Terre in the Italian Riviera. It was honestly the most beautiful place I've ever seen. We hiked for about six hours traveling to each of the five towns. I took tons of pictures, although they don't do it justice. But here are some of the pictures anyway.

Doing a cartwheel on Monterosso beach for good luck before we head out.

Monterosso in the background.

Both pictures are of Vernazza, the second town we stopped at. It was my favorite. It seemed to be the smallest. There were only about three restaurants opened because it was a Sunday, so we ended up just getting gelato.

Corniglia. This was about the time we started feeling the pain. Tara's feet were killing her because she was just wearing a pair of Converse.


The sunset at Riomaggiore, the fifth and final town. We hung around here for a litle bit waiting for the train to take us back to Florence. Unfortuntaly, there was a train strike on Sunday. It didn't affect us going to Cinque Terre, but it did going back. We got stuck in the Pisa train station for three hours. We finally got back to Florence around 10 pm and stopped at our favorite pizza place near the hotel.

Of course I had to get another Coca Cola Light after hiking for six hours.

Monday the whole group went to Pisa after class. It was cool seeing the Leaning Tower, but I'm glad we were only there for a few hours.

Tomorrow we head to Venice for the weekend. It should be interesting because Carnivale will be going on.


Mom said...

Oh,my! I see why you thought it was so beautiful. The pictures are
amazing. I can't wait to see your other pictures.
Have a safe and fun trip to Venice.
Love, Mom

Stephanie said...

You got the camera!

Courtney Sargent said...

The Cinque Terre photos are beautiful! It looks like you are having a great time!