OMG what a day we had. This place we went today...fantastic. It's called Cinque Terre and that's pronounced "chink-wa tara". It's about an hour's drive from Genoa and to travel on our own would have required a shuttle from the pier, a bus to the train station, change train in La Spezia and then different trains to the five different villages/towns in Cinque Terra. To save ourselves the hassle we booked an incredibly overpriced cruise ship excursion. There were 6 buses that went from our cruise line and we also saw groups from several other cruise lines as well. This was one busy tourist area today.
Now, Kier and I are not "group"" people
Had I learned about this place a few months before we departed on this trip, I surely would have planned an independent, small group tour for this area and it would have been that much better, but, let me tell you, it is something to see. If Malta was a place that I could see me visiting again, then Cinque Terre was a place I could see me LIVING! This is Tuscany, baby! The heart of the Italian Riviera!
After a very long day of "hurry up and wait", we made it back to the ship in time to pretty up for our final formal night. Did I mention that we had 6 formal nights on this cruise...that's about, oh, 5 too many, in my book! Then it was off to see a comedian, and pop in to the casino for a short visit. I've gotten rather friendly with one of the female crew members there, so I had a bit of a conversation with her and she had the ""house" buy me a very large pina colada.
Then, back to the room, and to bed after a very long day that started way too early.
Mamma Mia! Something to see-ah!!
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Genoa, Italian Riviera, Italy