Oh my gosh it is fkn freezing in Melbourne! >__< I despise cold weather and I swear the day when I earn some decent money, I shall fly off during the Winter months (like the birds) to the Northern Hemisphere to bask in their Summer season. I think I’m suffering from jetlag because I slept for 17 hours when returned home two nights ago and last night I woke up at 3am and decided to do some handwashing & emailing, after lying in bed staring at the ceiling for 2 hours. Then I climbed into bed at 6:30am because it was so damn cold… my hands couldn’t move! D:
Spent the day snacking on chocolates; catching up on Naruto Shippuuden eps and cleaning my desk. Gahhh~ I feel so cold and lazy compared to the 2 and a half weeks I spent in Italy. I had 3 mega meals a day and due to our packed itinery & hyper program leader, did heaps and heaps of walking to the point where my calves got really toned and seemed to be stuck in contraction. ^^;;
To warm myself up I thought I’d post up some photos of the day we spent in Cinque Terre, Italy. Cinque Terre means “five lands” because it is made up of five villages which are situated along the coast on the Italian Riviera (not far from the French Riviera). Unfortunately, to catch the last train we were only able to visit four of the five villages, but I definitely want to come back and spend more time there some day~ ^__^ It was so beautiful~
We walked along Via dell’amore (The road of love) which connects Riomaggiore to Manarola. The scenery was breathtakingly beautiful.
Monterosso al Mare
The beaches were covered with grey pebbles
Dined at L’ancora della Tortuga which was a charming sea-themed restaurant tucked away on the side of a cliff with a stunning view of the pebbled beaches and colourful buildings.
I had vegetarian ravioli with king lobster (for only €16) which was absolutely delicious! We also drank housewine which the waitress said was produced by her father at the vineyard just 50m up the cliff from the restaurant :D
It was very difficult to capture this village because it is perched on a cone-shaped peak covered on all sides by vineyards and we had to climb 377 steps to reach it. This is a photo of the view from the flight of stairs.
On the train ride to and from Cinque Terre we passed the the Carrara marble quarries. It looks like snow but the white is marble! The block of marble for Michelangelo’s David was from one of these quarries!