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Heaven

.........is in Cinque Terre

sunny 23 °C

We said our fond farewells to Roma early this morning and caught the high speed train to La Spezia. Some lost soul came to show us the way and we boarded our train....ooops........we were in coach 2....the first coach was labelled 2.....so was the next.....the lost soul and the conductor said get on so we did......we left Rome and the conductor came to check out tickets...turns out the "2" meant second class...not the train compartment 2 we had spent the big bucks for the first class compartment.....we had too many suitcase to even dream of moving so our lovely plush seats at the front of the train went empty and we squeezed into the second class seats with a lovely Italian lady and her young daughter.

Almost four hours later we pulled into La Spezia. We had a tight connection with our train to Riomaggiore leaving within 6 minutes....problem was we arrived on track 3 and our train was leaving from track 1....you can't cut across the tracks. You have to go down below and take a tunnel under the tracks to your train. Hallelujah...there is in elevator....we rushed in with all our suitcases...the door locked behind us,,, and it wouldn't move... we couldn't open the door and could not get under the tracks,,,, we pressed the alarm and various people came but no one seemed to be able to do anything...through the glass door on the elevator we watched our train to Riomaggiore leave.....finally a man and a key arrived....we were let out but now had to wait an hour for the next train.

The trip from la Spezia by train to Riomaggiore is a full 8 minutes....

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we arrived in Riomaggiore and Christina O'Brien, our lovely land lady met us and thank the Lord she brought her car to the train station (cars are forbidden in the village) and she drove us up, up , up to our apartment. The sun broke through the clouds as we arrived and has shone all day and tonight the full moon is out. The apartment is spectacular with two different terraces looking over the Ligurian Sea (really part of the Mediterranean). Its hot and sunny and the blossoms are out. There are plump lemons hanging on the trees by our place and the wisteria is in bloom and the magnolias are about to burst into full bloom. The sun was sparkling on the glorious deep blue sea....the sound of birds and the odd train and the sea breezes are all we hear. Its spectacular...exactly what I hoped for only better!

After depositing out bags we heading into the villages to have some lunch and buy some groceries...wine, water, wine, and breakfast goodies. We ate in a little cafe over the sea by the marina. We climbed up, we climbed down.... tons of exercise just tons of good food too! We are in this apartment for the next week and I could not be happier. Plus we have internet... A rarity at least at our hotel in Rome, one of the biggest cities in the world!

We went to a little restaurant down the street for supper...Ripa del Sole. It was sensational. Far better than any meal we had in Rome and half the price. We had great meals in Rome its just that this is so fresh, original and made with local foods. What a wonderful place.

Posted by KittyKodak 14:20 Archived in Italy Tagged italy terre riomaggiore cinque

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Wonderful photos - even better commentary!
Keep it coming.

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