ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE

ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
Heading to the other side of Italy from Venice was quite the welcoming reprieve from the stifling humidity of the lagoon. The Mediterranean sea breeze was the perfect complement to the summer heat, making foot travel a much more enjoyable experience than Venice. Make no mistake, it was still freaking hot. But that sea breeze - it made all the difference!

And like Venice, Cinque Terre would be ideal during off peak season. The heat, the insane crowds on the beach and train stations, the frustration in finding a restaurant that's not freakishly full with an unreasonable wait time. 'Leisure' was definitely not the term to be used with all the above against you.

But, oh! The views! That alone will make you forget the hassle of vacation crowds! The Italian Riviera. Colorful pastel buildings huddled together and artfully perched on rocky hillsides overlooking the sea. They definitely look exactly like they do in those postcards. Almost too pretty to be real. But it is very real. And there are five of these very real picturesque villages.

Talk about sensory overload x5!

Or more like pastel sensory overload x5. It was like being in a more quaint, laidback part of Venice. Our mini hikes to catch those covetable pastel panoramic views everyone keeps talking about were simply ah-mazing. (Vernazza and Manarola are our faves!) I think the only times we weren't blown away by the pastel scenery was when we were being blown away by the fantastic seafood cuisine of the Liguria region. Deliciousness!

And just to put it out there, a small, small part of me was hoping to run into Andre 3000. I know! How unbelievably and farfetchedly silly of me! All thanks to my Kuya Carlo and his multiple Andre 3000 stalkings sightings throughout Cinque Terre many years ago. Even got a photo with him and everything. Lucky bastard. But ya know, not giving up hope! I will meet a celebrity in Europe one of these days! Mika, I'm looking at you!


-jin-