“..The storybook journey, replete with fragrant wildflowers and colorful butterflies, is topped with uninterrupted views.. ” When I read this article about Cinque Terre in the New York Times, the part about the paths being fragrant with wild flowers seemed like a bit of an exaggeration. But months later, as we climbed the many stairs in the hike from Monterosso to Vernazza , I remember thinking that … Continue reading The hiking trails of Cinque Terre
For sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea, as you make your way through meandering hiking trails at the very edge of lush green mountains and intercept Italian villages that seem lost in time and natural beauty, there is no better place to go than Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre, which means “Five Lands” in Italian, stands for the Italian Riviera villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, … Continue reading Getting to Cinque Terre
While I was going through the Frommer’s Italy travel guide few years back to figure out our itinerary for a 16-day and first Europe trip, I stopped at the page that showed the Duomo (cathedral) in Milan. It was one of the most amazing architectural works I had seen, well, on paper. However, Milan did not seem to offer much else, so Milan was dropped … Continue reading Give Milan a few days.
There is more to France than just Paris, as we discovered in our 7 day trip to France. We spent only 2 nights in the French Alps but the region is beautiful and magical and much lesser known than its Swiss neighbour and thus an easy choice for my first real blog post. Annecy is a beautiful town in the foothills of the French Alps. … Continue reading A tryst with the French Alps