A main square in Parma. this was after our cycling camp finished and we were heading west.
Just walking around Parma. Over a main bridge here.
Into the large gardens/walkways. i forget the name of this giant plaza.
Arriving in Cinque Terra. Easily one of the craziest places i've ever been to.
one of hundreds of pathways leading from somewhere to somewhere else, or sometimes to nowhere at all. its very much steeper than it appears, making it all the more bizarre in person.
View from the church/tower down and across the village. the pink building is actually a ristorante with a stone patio that overhangs the ocean. we had drinks and a cheese plate there our first night and watched the sun set. not so bad.
Same restaraunt, but now on the right you can see the train station above the long archway.
The central bell for the community. but it was never on time....
still on the first day. taking in the beauty.
coast side restaraunt again
A stair case again. in fact that's all there was. staircases.
this was LITERALLY the only flat ground. hence the goals for the local kids to play soccer. this is their field.
Lemon and Orange Trees were everywhere. all fenced in though so we (tourists) couldn't get to them.
A very real fishing community. Almost all the restaraunts had fish of some kind in ever dish.
Kitty. These guys were everywhere. they are so prevalent they are now one of the icons of Cinque Terra region.
Fishing in the Medeterainian at sunset.
laundry, homes and fishing boats.
This is the restarunt on the cliff. the grouping of trees is where i had taken the reverse photos from.
Sunset from the restarunt.
the main city outside of Cinque Terra is "La Spezia", a 7min 1.5 euro train ride takes you there.
the weird part is that most buildings are similarly tall.
Took us a while to figure out what it was too. but then it made sense because the earth had no more room.
ummmm....lots of nice round rocks on the beach.....
The mountains literally hold weather back.
you can see a trail winding along the cliffs. this is part of the famous hiking trail. it goes as far as you can see here. to the next set of cliffs. about 10km. but it takes much longer to do than you'd expect. tip? leave very early in the morning or go in the off season. its crazy narrow and crowded the further you go on it.