A month after my wedding, I traveled to Italy for two weeks with my very best friends. We have been talking about taking this trip for years and the plan was to do it after our graduation. Because we were all in different places the summer we graduated, this summer worked best for everyone. My AMAZING brand new husband, gladly let me leave him and I am forever grateful for his selfless heart. As he would tell you “I would rather her be there experiencing a trip of a lifetime, than back at home with me crying because she wasn’t with her best friends.” Blair, Mary Courtney, Courtney and Rachael planned to be in Europe for five weeks. I joined them for the first two weeks of their trip in Italy and then headed back home.
This trip is one that will never be forgotten and I have never laughed harder in my life. The craziest thing we did (and when I say we, I mean Courtney): DRIVE. Yes, we drove a stick shift rental car down the entire west coast of Italy, Milan to the Almalfi Coast. I don’t know what we would have done without Fiona (our little European bean shaped car) and sassy Kate (our GPS). Courtney is a driving rockstar. And when I mean rockstar, I mean she perfectly parallel parked Fiona on an incline on a very crowded narrow street.
Cinque Terre means “The Five Lands” in Italian and comprises five small villages (Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore) on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea aka GORGEOUS. If you have never had the opportunity to visit this area of Italy, you must put it on your list of things to see! I promise, these pictures just do not do it justice.
On day three of our Italy adventure, we woke up early and spent the day hiking between the villages. We hiked from Manarola to Valastro, Valastro to Corniglia, took a train from Corniglia to Monterosso, and then took a lovely boat ride all the way back to Manarola. It was one of my favorite days ever. Let me tell you, the hike was brutal. We were not prepared for the incline or how long it took, but we did it and the views along the way were well worth it!