We left Sovigliano early this morning for Pisa to turn in the cars and catch the train to La Spezia. It was hard leaving Sovigliano, so I had to take even more pictures. Who knows when I'll get to return?
Our time in Pisa was short and to the point. We dropped off the car, grabbed a cab and went to see the leaning tower. We didn't have enough time to stand in line to climb the tower, so we settled for lots of pictures.
|From this angle it doesn't look so lean-y|
|Oops, there's the lean.|
|Yes, I ate the whole thing. Hey, we were burning a ton of calories.|
|I wish the Nook had been invented back then, it would have saved me a lot of weight in my bag.|
Once they were gone, we were allowed to board our train to Cinque Terre, which is a national park with five villages connected by walking paths and a train. Vehicle traffic is extremely limited, which makes it much nicer for us pedestrians. The five villages, from south to north, are: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterossa. We stayed in rooms rented from Rosa (recommended by Squid's "bible" - the Rick Steves' travel guide) in Vernazza. Robs and I had our own little apartment in one building; Squid, Mrs Squid, Brandy and Justin had another apartment in another building half a block away; Shannon and Kev ended up renting an apartment from some guy outside the train station, a few blocks away from the rest of us.
The whole of Cinque Terre is beautiful, right along the Italian Riviera coast-line. We played around on the still-standing Castello.
|Darn! Forgot to count the stairs to the top.|
|View from the top|
After climbing the castle tower, we found we were running low on gelato and had to get some.
|NEVER pass up a chance to have gelato. Never. Ever. Never.|
|The others' apartment happened to be located very close to the gelato.|
For dinner, we took the train to Manarola and walked the pathway along the coast to Riomaggiore. The views were indescribable.
Along the path, there was a set of stairs down the cliff that looked like they just ended. So of course we had to take them to see where they went. They didn't just abruptly end, they turned and continued down to the water.
|Look closely, you'll see the stairs.|
|Nope, they don't disappear (Man! I forgot to count them!)|
|At the bottom|
|Robs at the bottom|
|If we were very careful, we could perch for pictures without getting soaked.|
Dinner was great. I've got a new favorite dish called Spaghetti aglio-olio-e-peperoncino (garlic, oil, and crushed red peppers). Brandy and Shannon ordered the fresh fish and it was a Dorkfish! It probably wasn't a real Dorkfish, but it had one heck of an overbite. Wonder if they caught it with a corndog?
Guess what? Outside of the restaurant, Mrs Squid found another animal to love.
|Every. single. place we went, she found a critter.|