Friday, October 4, 2013

Rainy Day

When we got back to Vernazza, after a long day of hiking to Corniglia and exploring Monterosso, we were STARVING! We ate at this little restaurant that was by the water. I had a wonderful pasta that I'd never even heard of, called trofie al pesto. It was SO good and I ended up bringing a bag of that pasta home with us. 

Me showing off my new scarf
Daniel and I split a liter of wine (about 1 bottle). This wouldn't have been bad if we stuck to our plans to go to bed after dinner....

After dinner, we went to get gelato (it is embarrassing the amount of gelato that we consumed). While there, we saw some Americans, whom we had met earlier, that were in Italy on their honeymoon. They were our age and were from Philly, so we really enjoyed chatting with them.

BTW, all Cinque Terre tourists had two things in common. One, they were American. 2, they loved Rick Steves.

So anyways, we ate our gelato (me, mint and Daniel, chocolate chip) with these Americans and then went to grab "just one drink" at the Blue Marlin, a bar that Rick Steves raves about in his book. While there, we met ANOTHER American couple there, also on their honeymoon.

We ended up chatting away and drinking wine until 1 am- they had to kick us out! It was a great night, but I can't remember what all we laughed about or how Daniel and I made it up all of those stairs...

Because of the long night, we ended up sleeping in and reading in bed for half the day. This worked out great because there was practically a hurricane going on outside! A full on storm, something we hadn't experienced since we moved here. Finally around 1, the rain slowed down and we went out for a bite to eat. 

I got the most amazing salad- fresh tuna, olives, tomatoes, and of course enough mozzarella and focaccia to make it just as unhealthy of a choice as pizza would have been. The Italians love their cheese and carbs! It was nearly impossible to get your 5 a day of fruits and veggies while there.

 After lunch, we went on the terrace to read. I read the whole book Defending Jacob while in Italy- it was a great page turner and I highly recommend it!

We decided that we would regret being HUGE bums for a whole day, so we took the train to the 2nd most southern village, Manarola.

Manarola was pretty much like every other Cinque Terre village- gorgeous views, pastel buildings, lots of stairs. We didn't stay too long.

View from room after the rain!

Vernazza at night
We made it an early night. There was this area in Vernazza where you could just sit on the rocks that separated the land from the sea and watch the waves crash onto them. For some reason, I found this HIGHLY entertaining, especially when it was a big splash!

I have one more post to recap our trip, and it's going to be loaded with pictures! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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