Got up feeling quite sore for some reason… Hobbled down to the harbour and bought ourselves coffee and something to eat to take away and sat ourselves down on a stone bench and had a picnic.
I wanted to go up the tower and Eileen couldn’t face the idea of steps again, so I took off on my own, only to be told half way up that it doesn’t open till 10. Damnit. Photographed some of the little alleys and stairs that pass for streets around here, though.
We went back to our room and got ready for a day of boat cruising along the Cinque Terra coast. We went back down to the harbour and finally found out where to buy tickets and get the boat from, and did both.
It was nice to see the various towns from the water, and have very little effort. 🙂 The first stop was at Riomaggiore, because we had to get off the boat. We just had a look at the beach (pebbles, ouchy) and then sat and waited for the boat going to Monterosso.
This meant going past the other towns again but we’d seen them anyway, so didn’t bother getting off until we got to Monterosso. Great views all around though.
We went looking for lunch, since breakfast had been on the light side… And found a place right by the beach (private beach covered with beach umbrellas etc, but still). The food was fine, the service slow but friendly.
After lunch Eileen and I split up since I wanted to go up to the church at the top of the mountain and she was sane. 😉 Nice views from up there. I wandered around a bit extra because I wanted to see the monastery, but I couldn’t find a way into it. There was a big metal door that was locked, which was probably the entrance.
After walking around the church, cemetery …
and circumnavigating the mountain…
I headed back down to the harbour and met up with Eileen to go in search of coffee.
We found some and sat and watched a procession go by…
We couldn’t believe how packed the beaches are – even the ones you have to pay for are full!
And then got on the crowded boat back to Vernazza.
We went to our room and relaxed a bit (which means working on my blog) and then I went back to tackle the tower again. This time it was open and the views were amazing!
I went back to our room and we went and got our dinner of bruschetta from across the street and had that in our room along with the rest of our wine.
Eileen went out to watch the sunset, but I stayed to work on my blog and photos and avoid taking even more! When she got back, we went in search of some hazelnut ice cream which we both love. Yum!
Then went to sleep and hoped that Ela’s netbook had finished its damn updates by the morning, since it stopped me working after ice cream.