Jun 01, 2016 – [Wednesday] Travel Favs: Cat in Corniglia

Corniglia, Italy, taken on November 2, 2013

The hike in Cinque Terre was full of encounters with interesting cats but the coolest one would be this one, found in Corniglia. Sitting on a ledge (a little too close maybe) and watching people go by, he seemed to be enjoying his relaxation time without a care in the world.

Mar 01, 2015 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward

Cinque Terre, Italy, taken on November 2, 2013

When I visited Cinque Terre, Italy, I was determined to do the entire hike between the five villages – but unfortunately, only the stretch between Monterosso and Vernazza were open to the public at the time 😦 And that was enough, really. It took my friends and I around 2 hours to get from Monterosso to Vernazza, climbing steep steps and crossing heavily forested areas and ravenous when we stepped into Vernazza. What for, other than the stunning view of the villages from the top of the mountains and for the food that awaits? With this reward in mind, we charged onward to conquer the hill between us and Vernazza, shown here. Maybe another hour or so to go from this point onward? 😛

Jan 21, 2015 – [Wednesday] Travel Favs: The Man and the Cat

Corniglia, Italy, taken on November 2, 2013

The way this photo was taken – in Corniglia, one of the villages in Cinque Terre, Italy – was completely unplanned. I think I put my camera on the ledge to photograph the cat, but made the mistake (a good one) of not adjusting the focus, consequently ending up with the focus on the man instead of the cat. Then somehow I caught the exact moment when the man was staring at the cat with a somewhat sly smile on his face. Unexpected, but I certainly liked how it turned out! I wonder what the man was thinking…and what the cat was thinking, sitting so close to that ledge. One careless step backward and he could have fallen down the cliff to his death…

November 02, 2013 – Cinque Terre

My dream hike in Cinque Terre has finally happened. Well, only a part of it, since the coastal trails from Vernazza to Riomaggiore were closed, so my friends and I were only able to hike from Monterosso to Vernazza. It was a worthy trip though, and definitely more challenging than I had expected. 2 hours of ups and downs on rugged paths and stairs that never seemed to end…I’ll never complain about the 99 steps I have to take to get home again. Eventually we reached (or so we thought) the village of Vernazza, pictured here, and it was just…breathtaking (literally as well, as I had been short of breathe from that long hike). I never thought such a place would exist on Earth. No blue skies as the clouds greeted us all day, but I was more than satisfied to have accomplished one of my life goals. I ❤ Cinque Terre!