I feel it would be a sin for me to keep this destination a secret from you. Out of my entire Europe travels in 2015, my favourite place was Cinque Terre. It is tucked away in the northwest coast of Italy between Florence and Milan. It is also a short day trip from Pisa, if you are considering that route, but we felt that Cinque Terre deserves more than a day dedicated to it in order to really appreciate its beauty. I highly recommend anyone who is planning a trip to Europe to add Cinque Terre to their itinerary – you will not be disappointed!
Cinque Terre, as the name suggests, consists of 5 villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. These villages are relatively close to one another so if you are a hiker, you will fall in love even more. Going from one village to another, you can hike and enjoy some stunning views from up top. For those non-hikers like myself, not to worry as there is a train which will take you to each individual village. Be warned, even after getting off the train at some of the villages, you will still need to climb some steps or take a short hike – nothing too strenuous, of course.
Many people find accommodation in Cinque Terre but it can be quite costly and also slightly inconvenient travelling on the trains with all your luggage just to get to one of those villages. Trust me, those trains can get excessively overcrowded and are not so pleasant which is why most travellers consider staying in the nearby city of La Spezia. If you enjoy an evening stroll in the city, there are a handful of restaurants at your fingertips and more accommodation choices in La Spezia. There is a train which connects you to Cinque Terre’s villages, sometimes even every few minutes, during the day so you can enjoy every minute exploring the five villages. If you don’t catch one of the earlier trains, keep in mind that you might be waiting a while in lines as trains get quite packed during peak season. Apart from hotels, there are many AirBnB rentals in La Spezia. My husband had picked a beautiful apartment on AirBnB with spectacular mountain views. So what’s so special about each of these villages? Well, read on to learn a little about each of them below.
Having a baby is like falling in love again, both with your husband and your child.
– Tina Brown
Have you ever felt like your life is just beginning? You have this unusual glow, your heart melts, face lights up, and experience butterflies of excitement and nervousness at the same time. If you’re a mom-to-be or already a mother, I’m sure you can share this feeling I am experiencing. I am 20-weeks pregnant and I still feel like this is a dream. I knew I always wanted to be a mom but now that it is happening, it feels like a miracle. I am overwhelmed with excitement and happiness and I can’t help talking to and rubbing my baby all day. How can I love someone so much already?
I often get asked from family and friends how I am doing? Have I experienced any difficulties so far in my pregnancy. I have to say, I am blessed to not have experienced any morning sickness. It has been a pretty smooth and joyful experience so far. If I have struggled with anything, that is – exhaustion. I wasn’t prepared for how tired I would feel and how little energy I would have to complete each day. With this being said, I would go through this every day, all the time just for my little baby. I guess that is what makes moms so special. Everyday when I wake up, I hold my belly and say, “I’m your Mommy and I can’t wait to meet you.”
Sometimes life in North can be tough – especially when the temperature falls to -45 degrees celsius or when you get a flat on the road with no cell reception and passing vehicles. But none of this matters when you see the sky light up at night with green and sometimes yellow, red or purple colours. I am so fortunate to experience and live amongst one of mother natures spectacular miracles.
Have you ever wondering how this beauty is created? They are actually the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere. The colours we see are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding.