Monday, June 23, 2014
The summer solstice fell on the perfect day this year. It couldn't have occurred on a better day than Saturday, when I was in Cinque Terre cramming as much as I could into a day. We started off the morning in Corniglia and hiked from there to Vernazza. The hills of Cinque Terre, near the cities in particular, are consumed by crops; citrus, grape vines, and vegetable crops. As we proceeded down the trail, farther from the towns, the landscape changed into its natural inhabitants. We found orchids, olive trees, scattered lemon trees; the green foliage never stopped. The views from the hike were the most incredible views that I have ever seen in my life. I was seriously living in a Pinterest board. We stopped in Vernazza for lunch and then hiked from there to Monterosso. Just when you think that you are at the picture perfect spot, you walk about another five or ten minutes and realize that you will have to take another picture because the view gets that much better. We finished our hike down to the Monterosso beach and stayed there for the rest of the afternoon. The clouds that had dominated the sky throughout our hike, departed and the sun beamed down for the remaining of the afternoon. Like I said, the longest day of the year could not have fallen on a better day.