Today we left the city of Florence for a vacation within our trip in the towns of Cinque Terre (five lands) which lay along the side of the Mediterranean Sea. The bus driver received a well deserved round of applause for getting us along semi-treacherous mountain roads only wide enough for our bus.
Our hotel rests in the northern most of the town in Monterroso al Mare, where many of us took a plunge in the sea minutes after arriving. The water is cold and salty but also very refreshing. We split up for the rest of the afternoon with many finding cozy restaurants overlooking the sea, some hiking up the hillsides, and others enjoying picnics by the water’s edge.
Tomorrow we all explore the five lands by train or on foot through the olive groves and vineyards that cover the hillsides. Plenty of sea, food, sun and fun in store for us, not to mention spectacular sunsets.