Easter 2019

Easter is a special time of year for me.  It's the start of the longer days with the promise of summer just around the corner.  It's also special as Matt and I got married on Easter Saturday - I can never remember the actual wedding date, I only remember it was on an Easter Saturday!  We got engaged while teaching in Sicily so this Easter I decided make the most of the long weekend and head back to Italy.  This time to somewhere different - Liguria, to explore the Cinque Terre.


After booking two trips to the Amalfi Coast last year and having to cancel them both, I was hoping it would be third time lucky.  Plans were all going smoothly until it was 24 hours before my flight and I tried to check in online.  The system said I had to go to the airport to check in which sounded strange to me.  Not wanting to leave anything to chance, I called BA and they assured me it was a technical hitch, I could try again in 10 mins.  30 mins later, still unable to check in I called again and the person helped me reserve seats and again, advised me to confirm my checkin online in 10 mins.  This time I could get through but was being charged for my luggage...  I called BA again and was informed that I didn't have a ticket, there had been a mistake and when I rebooked my ticket, the agent hadn't issued the ticket however I could go to the airport and sort it out tomorrow.

It was a sleepless night - it felt like Italy and I were jinxed.  Bizarrely, when I went to check in the next morning, there was no issue, I was given my boarding pass and I was off to Italy!

With the knowledge that the Cinque Terre is 5 little villages built on cliffs on the Ligurian coast, I desperately wanted to stay in one of them however wasn't up for the task of carrying a suitcase up and down stairs and cobbled pathways so I decided to base myself in La Spezia.  As it was Easter, everywhere was heaving with tourists - the trains, buses and ferries were packed and running on Italian time.  However as soon as you got into the villages, you forgot all frustrations and were captivated by their natural beauty and charmed by the locals.  I think Village 2, Manarola was my favourite - I don't think the wine tasting at Nessun Dorma Cantina influenced me at all!

Riomaggiore

Manarola

Porto Venere


Vernazza

Porto Venere

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