Cinque Terre - Italy

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Cinque Terre - Italy

Post by sandi » Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:17 pm

Our school (workers) went to on a trip to Italy. Our main goal were the five villages (Cinque Terre). On our first day we had a tour of the city Mantova (the place where Shakespeares Romeo was sent from Verona) It is quite a nice city.
the guide said that the city consists of 12 palaces. Here is one.
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This is some kind of a main square. If you see the tower in the back of the picture that is where you'd be hanged by your feet for adultery for everyone to see.
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One of the churches
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A nice statue
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Basilica of saint Lorencio
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We spent the night ia hotel in Sarzana.
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The next day we went to La Spezia, Where we got on a boat to the first village.
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In the harbor is also a military base and a naval academy.
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[IMG]http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f354/ ... demija.jpg[/IMG]
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Re: Cinque Terre - Italy

Post by sandi » Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:28 pm

We made a quick stop at Porto Venere ( they said that Byron and Percy stayed there for some time and that Percy sailed from here to his death)
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And from the other side already in the open sea.
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On the next photo you can see that the clifs are rich with iron(redish color)
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The first village is called Rio Maggiore and here is the real reason why I started this travelogue.
[IMG]http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f354/ ... ggiore.jpg[/IMG]

A general look at the clifs.
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This is how we landed.
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Now lets start. :tweed:
A nice clump of Aloes
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some succulents
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A cactus and lots of opuntias
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Ther city also had some nice wall drawings showing the ordinary life.
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Re: Cinque Terre - Italy

Post by sandi » Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:35 pm

From Rio Maggiore leads a path called Via Amore or the path of love. It leads to the next village called Manarola.
[IMG]http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f354/ ... G_3967.jpg[/IMG]

Here you can lock your love with a padlock. There were hudreds on the rail.
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On the path there were many Opuntias, Agaves and other succulents.
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On the right you can see a wineyard.
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Wild pelargoniums
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Don't know what this is
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Photo taken from afar so not sure if it is a cactus or an Euphorbia
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And a wiev of the village
[IMG]http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f354/ ... narola.jpg[/IMG]
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Post by sandi » Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:52 pm

In Manarola we boarded the ship again and went to the next village called Monterosso. There was a lot of rain and high waves. This is the landing.
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Monterosso
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Here they had quite a nice sortiment of plants planted in soil.
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From here we took a train to Vernazza. Here it was raining heavily so I don't have any good photos.
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Here is one seagull that stood proud in the rain.
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Post by sandi » Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:12 pm

From Vernazza we again took the train to La spezia and headed to our hotel. The next day when we were returning home we visited Parma (here the famous cheese is made the one that is put in pasta)

A famous painter Parmigianino (the first time I heard of him :) )
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Garibaldi (do you know what he did?)
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Want to tell the time or calculate longitude and latitude.
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And some churches
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In this building they batise Christians in pool.
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And the last photo of Komisar Rex :)
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Re: Cinque Terre - Italy

Post by Julie » Thu May 14, 2009 11:03 pm

Beautiful... thanks for sharing the photos, Sandi.

Those villages remind me of www.portmeirion.com :) I've been there a few times and it's so beautiful.
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Post by Ross M » Fri May 15, 2009 9:17 pm

Interesting pictures Sandi. Makes me want to go on holiday!
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