Hello! We’re into our second week and still truckin’ along 🙂 We left our Rome apartment on Sunday and took a train to La Spezia where we spent the night before getting up the next day and heading to our place in Manarola, Italy, which is in the coastal Cinque Terre region. So here’s a photo recap of our last few days:
We visited the Vatican Saturday, and it was CROWDED! We stood in a line to stand in a line to stand in a line to stand in a line to stand in a line… Brutal.
Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed inside the Sistine Chapel (though, plenty of people disobeyed, I wasn’t one of them – no way I was about to go against the rules while staring at Michaelangelo’s Judgement Day painting!) Nevertheless, we made it! It was cool, but I have to admit, it didn’t knock my socks off. Both Connor and I said we were glad we endured the lines and stuck with it, but we’ll never do it again, and I’m not sure I’d actually recommend others do it. The lines and crowds were just awful.
Shortly after, we high-tailed it outta Vatican City to begin our city adventures for the evening 🙂
Sunday we got up and made our way to La Spezia, which was our stop-over before heading to Cinque Terre.
It was a quick stay in La Spezia. Monday morning I got up and took a couple mile jog and then we checked out and trained it to Manarola.
It was still only about 3pm, so we decided to try out a bit of hiking. We plain didn’t know what we were getting into. 3 hours later, we finally made it to the next town – Corniglia. It was not an easy feat!
But we made it! Our legs were a-shakin’ by the time we finished and took our first steps onto the paved road in Corniglia. We rounded out our evening with a beer-stop in one of the Corniglia piazzas, a train ride back to Manarola (no hiking back for this duo!), and a nice dinner of Italian take-out pesto pizza 🙂
That’s all for now, I think we’re gonna head out shortly in search of lunch and maybe attempt a hike between the last 2 cities in Cinque Terre – from Vennazza to Monterosso. Hopefully we fare better today than yesterday…