Cinque terre

I’ve been meaning to do a post on cinque terre since we got back from our trip. It’s so beautiful there and I had a blast taking photos while we hiked from town to town along the coast. Cinque terre a small series of towns along the coast of Italy right outside of La Spezia. The landscape is pristine and the colorful towns dot the shoreline of this dramatic terrain – coming out of the ground like stacks of Smarties candies. You can actually hike from one town all the way to the last town – only a half a day away. Natalie and I were able to hike most of the way (one town was blocked due to some construction on the trail) and reminisced on having done the same hike nearly 10 years earlier while I was studying in Italy and she came for a visit. She was a champ to do the hike nearly 5 1/2 months pregnant, but she wouldn’t be deterred.

It was an amazing experience to get to go and see it again. We explored the coast and talked about our past, present, and what the future holds. It wasn’t until yesterday that I found out about the horrible rainstorms and flooding in Italy earlier this week. From what I’ve read, the region has been plagued with torrential rains and flooding. It looks as though the town of Vernazza (which most of the images below are from) has been all but wiped out from landslides. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw images of the town where I walked through so recently. Below are a few of my shots from the day. I hope the beauty of the cities can be restored.

Here’s a link to some of the shots from the town after the rain. The amazing thing is to see the images I took juxtaposed against the aftermath. How terrible. I feel lucky to have experienced the beauty of Cinque terre. My thoughts go out to everyone living in the area.

It seems odd now to have an image of us having so much fun there, but I’ll always remember how beautiful it was the day we were there. I hope it’s not quite as bad as the images portray.


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LeolaK Oh wow…sorry to hear about the landslide. Hope they are able to rebuild and recover well. These images are great John. Wonder if there’s some way you can raise money by selling some and donating some of the proceeds? I know I’d buy a few for sure.

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