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La Spezia – Cinque Terre

The last stop in Italy on my tour was Cinque Terre, La Spezia. As you may have already deduced, Cinque Terre translates to Five Lands. Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Probably best known for its National Park and also being home to one of the best walking trails in the world, the Sentiero Azzurro.

The Sentiero Azzuro connects the five towns. Through Busabout, I booked a room in Riomaggiore, the south most town in Cinque Terre, also the closest of the five to La Spezia. Riomaggiore is, like all of the towns, built on a steep hillside. If you need to go anywhere, be prepared for stairs. Luckily the budget accommodation I was staying in was at the bottom of the hill and close to the access tunnel for the railway and the Sentiero Azzurro.

I look back on my trip there and wish I had spent more time there. The vivid colour and the unique atmosphere really made for an amazing location. It was reminiscent of the Amalfi Coast, well without the road running through its heart.

Of the three sections of the coastal walk, the first section northbound from Riomaggiore is The Lovers Path. It is an easy 30 minute walk along a paved coastal pathway. This is by far the easiest walk you will do. In fact, you may exert more energy going from your accommodation to the walk, yes it’s that easy.

The second section was closed so I caught a train from Manarola to Corniglia. It was from this point on that the walk got serious. I am not going to go into details about the walk but it was equally challenging and rewarding. The views are spectacular. Make sure you have plenty of water and fill up as often as you can.

Sadly in October last year Cinque Terre was all but wiped out by flooding. Torrential rain battered the coast that lead to a terrible disaster. I am thankful that I got to see this beautiful area before it was struck by such tragedy. Telegraph Report by Nick Squires

The good news is that many restaurants and business will be open this coming summer in Vernazza and Monterosso. Perhaps now is a great time to get discounted travel to this absolute gem of a location. I know it will certainly help the local economy and family owned establishments bounce back.

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New Items in Store

As you know, I have my work available on Red Bubble for purchase, I have recently added some new work and would love your feedback. If you haven’t had a look at Llewellyndesign.com then you may not have been aware that I have an ongoing promotion. Each week I will select one of my works to be offered at a sale price. All formats will be discounted. Maybe it will be your favorite piece? The catch being that I will not say which one it is, you will have to hunt for the bargain.

I would like to thank everyone for your ongoing support and encouragement, and my trip so far has been a blast. Stay posted for my update to Llewellyn Abroad for my time in Cinque Terra which was since devastated by torrential flooding, I will find out how the towns have recovered. Following that I will post about Nice and Monaco.

Until then, Happy Hunting!

Llewellyn.

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Launch of Online Store

Some of my favorite images are now available for purchase at http://www.redbubble.com/people/llewellyndesign. So no matter where in the world you are you can get high quality prints of these select photographs in a number of format options. From Canvasses and framed pieces to post cards and posters, they are all available.

There is a link in the side bar so you can get there easily. Oh by the way… Christmas is coming. (hint hint).

Okay back to the important things, I will have my next post up very soon. I have been working on launching my business here in London and I can now return this blog back business lol. The next post is the return to Rome, then I will be covering Florence, Cinqe Terra then Nice and Monaco!

Until then, Caio.

Llewellyn.

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Bright Lights

Another quick post, I take a break for the moment from reminiscing on my European journey to share with you a photo I took in London on Regent street. The Christmas lights here are incredible, I am going to have to go out again to try and get some different perspectives.

Christmas feels different here… Its colder (lol). People are more into it. I think I may even visit Henley’s toy shop just to see what it’s like at Christmas time.

Anyway, I will have to post an update to my euro trip soon.

Regent Street at Christmas.

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