I thought I’d share some photos from our holiday this past August. We went to Florence, Tuscany and Lyon. Both D & I studied in Lyon and it was great to see our friends, catch up and see the city again through new eyes.
Here are some of the photos we took. Some are instagrams, others are taken with my trusty tilt-shift (the ones with “weird” focus) which I love. One of my favorite things is going through old photos and remembering the adventures we had. I’ll try to write down any details that come to mind, so keep on reading if you’d like to visit these parts of Italy and France anytime soon. See Part 1 here.
Cinque Terre (Five Lands) is one of my favorite places on earth. We spent a day there – we drove from Florence to Levanto where we parked the car (you cannot take a car through Cinque Terre) and then bought a whole day pass (10 euro) which gives you access to all the hiking trails in the area as well as the regional trains which pass through all five villages.
This was how we scheduled our day:
Levanto – (train) – Riomaggiore – (walk on Via dell’ Amore) – Manarola – (train) – Monterosso – (hike) – Vernazza – (train) – Levanto
We spent a few hours visiting Riomaggiore, Manarola and Monterosso. The hike to Vernazza is no picnic and it took us ~2.5 hours. My favorite views were of Manarola and Vernazza as you can see from the multitude of pictures I took.
The azure Mediterranean seen from Via dell’ Amore
Beautiful Manarola, where we had lunch
Monterosso al Mare, the only one of the 5 villages with a sandy beach.
From the arduous hike Monterosso-Vernazza
And finally, gorgeous Vernazza at dusk.