Monday, December 19, 2011
Lomo Love: Pisa and Cinque Terra
Pisa and Riomaggiore/ Cinque Terra, October 2009.
We stopped over in Pisa for a few hours, en route to Cinque Terra. Pisa, a university town. Rich in history and houses one of the most famous landmarks in the world. I remember it being stinking hot, coupled with our jumping shots in front of the leaning tower. We weren't in Pisa for long, as we needed to board a train for the epic and beautiful Cinque Terra. Riomaggiore, that was were we needed to go. But as language barriers have it, we were utterly lost. We hoped on the wrong train. The very nice ticket conductor saved us, and led us on our way.
Riomaggiore is one of the five coastal towns that make Cinque Terre. The others include Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia and Manarola. These towns are built on rugged steep cliffs, with beautiful coloured terraces over looking the ocean. It really is a site to see and I highly recommend going there. I felt like I was stuck in a time warp. There were no corporate fast food chains in site. All the towns had delicious local restaurants and produce. You can also hike to each town which is about 1-2hours long, if you take it slow. I recommend that you wear proper shoes as the area is quite rugged with steep descents and quite a bit of stairs to climb.
The photo above was taken at the highest look out point in Riomaggiore. It took my friends and I, 30 or so minutes to get up there. It was definitely worth it, as it over looked the remaining towns.
One memory I wont forget is watching a sea storm at night in Riomaggiore. The flashes of lightening out at sea and the still summer air will stay with me forever.
All images shot by me.
PS you can have a look at more travel photos on my sisters blog: here, here and here.