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Heading off to Italy tomorrow. Monterosso, in the Cinque Terre region. Returning next Thursday. We’ll be spending time on the beach, hiking the trails (4min video) between the five villages, and eating lots of fresh seafood.

The Beach at Monterosso
The Beach at Monterosso

Monterosso is the only one of the five with a beach. We stayed there for a few days on a three-week Europe driving tour four years ago that took us from Paris to Barcelona and then all along the Med through Spain, France & Italy to Pisa, Florence, onto Switzerland, Germany and back to Paris. One enormous 6,000 km triangle with no hotel reservations. We found hotels on the fly at places we could not not stop at. My preferred way to travel. This was what we enjoyed the most with close seconds in San Pol, Spain, Cadaques, Spain and Casis, France.

Most people will recognize the picture of the nearest of the five villages to Monterosso, Vernazza. It’s in lots of tour books and websites.


We’re traveling very light — carryon only. I’m not even taking my MacBook Pro. The iPad will have to do. Little blogging, if any. I may tweet some, including pics here & there of food & scenery. So, if you want to follow along, here.

I will publish a pretty amazing guest post tomorrow before departure. I generally don’t do guest posts but when you read this you’ll understand why I made an exception.

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  1. Report back on what you eat? As someone living in Italy, I’d love to know how you get on eating paleo here.

  2. Enjoy the Cinque Terre! I spent a marvelous overnight there nearly 20 years ago (1991) while studying in Florence.

  3. Keep posting. Love this!!

  4. Oh id love to get a paleo-eating-related update regarding availability and ease in Italy, too! Of course i think the default thinking would skew toward pastas, breads, and perhaps polentas but i would love to see what the reality on the ground is. I can imagine a good deal of seafood, etc. Thanks

  5. T-bone says:

    Was just in Cinque Terre. Did not want to leave. There are several good cliff jumping spots with one perfectly positioned along the trail about 40-50 feet up dumping you into a cove of sorts. Lots of edible catcus pears along the way as well. Ciao

  6. First southern France, now Cinque Terre. That’s tough.

    Those roads high above the ocean in Cinque Terre are just spectacular. Seems like anything grows there, too: figs, lemon trees everywhere. Amazing place.

  7. Probably my favorite place on planet Earth that I’ve found so far. Enjoy.

  8. Mountain Dew says:

    I see no topless women in that first pic. Highly disappointed.

  9. Deborah says:

    Envy is such an ugly emotion, Richard. But I’m fighting it with all my carnivore’s heart. Seriously, sounds like fun and you deserve it. (The YouTube reminds me of places we saw in Portugal, with the fishing villages, the hiking and the beautiful old buildings.) Safe, fun trip to you.

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