Hiking along the Italian Coast

I shared a few photos from our hike through Cinque Terre, Italy here. The seaside, the views – it’s lovely. : )

seaside.

We started out early in the day by grabbing some fruit at one of the small streetside markets….

snacks.
Our hike wound along the coast of the Mediterranean through 5 towns, some vineyards, and natural cliffs. In the middle of one orchard, we came across an Italian man selling fresh lemonade to hikers….

homemade.

fresh lemonade.

For lunch, we stopped in the harbor of one of the towns with some grab-and-go pizza….

lunch.

Throughout the hike, we overheard people talking in all different languages – Italian, English, German, French, and more. It was an interesting mélange of people from all different places – all come to enjoy the Italian coast….

hilltop.

Everyone we passed would say “excuse me” in a different language. Scusi, permesso, entschuldigung, pardon…

vista.

Cinque Terre is famous for its beautiful scenery and seaside hikes, but its mixture of different visitors makes for a really unique atmosphere, too. : )

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One Tuesday at Cinque Terre, Italy

In April, I got to spend my spring break – 11 days – in Italy. The trip was rich with history, culture, and especially food. : )

We spent most of our time in Rome, but made this day trip out to Cinque Terre for some beautiful hiking along the Italian coast.

riomaggiore.

seaside.
This hiking area is full of sweeping views, crisp and salty Mediterranean air, seaside life…

perch.
The main hiking trail also takes you through 5 small coastal Italian towns, where you find your way through small, winding, complex Italian alleys….

street.

Interesting architecture and inspiring personal touches accent the walls and streets throughout each of the towns…

mixed media.
italian.

Tomorrow, I’ll be posting about some of the food we came across as well as the atmosphere of our hike! See you then. : )

Exploring the Black Forest, part II

 

Last time, I started talking about hiking through the Black Forest in Germany from Titisee to Hinterzarten. It was a great way to spend a relaxing Sunday!

tree line.
Most of the forest was shady and snowy, but the snow had melted in a few sunnier places….

contrast.

Part of our hike took us across the railroad tracks. The trains in Germany are so convenient for getting around!

deutsche bahn.

Near the end of our hike, outside Hinterzarten, we stumbled upon a kids’ ski jump competition in action! Each competitor skied down the second slope from the left….

ski practice.

We hung around for a while and watched the competition. I’ve never skied, and I was so impressed with all these young kids who made it look so easy!

Here’s a quick video of one kid’s awesome jump:

This week, our study abroad program takes us to Luxembourg, Brussels, and Paris to see institutions of the EU as well as meet delegates, bankers, and more. I’m sooo looking forward to seeing each of the cities and learning about them! And I can’t wait to share more about it when I get back! : )