I first heard about the Cinque Terre in Italy from a fellow traveller in Thailand. Claudia was from Spain, had a shaved head which I greatly admired, and we were studying Thai Massage at the same school in Chiang Mai, around 2001. After full days of yoga and thai massage training, we were free to explore the city.
Claudia had been to many places. I remember sharing a drink with her after class and I asked her what her Top 5 were. Cinque Terre topped the list. I heard this again and again from other travellers, so resolved to visit the five towns that are famous for their stunning views along the Italian Riviera.
So, here I am! In Monterosso, the most northern of the 5 towns. A chance to teach in Italy has provided me an opportunity to jump on a train and explore Cinque Terre. Tomorrow I’ll tell you about hiking the trails!