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.
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.