9.23.2018

668. Day 16 of 28 | Arriving in Monterosso, Cinque Terre

leftbanked despacito
After Pisa, we went to Cinque Terre. It was a destination thats been on my list for a long time and I was excited to finally be there. The place consists of 5 different villages, built on the edge of cliffs and full of colourful little houses. We stayed here for three nights in total. The first day, we arrived in the early evening. The place we stayed at was in Monterosso. At first I wanted to stay in Riomaggiore or Vernazza (as those are known to be the most beautiful villages) but I'm really glad we ended up at Monterosso instead. It's the most easily accessible and largest village (even though it's still super small) with the most restaurant options, beaches, etc. & it was the most "walkable" which is convenient when you are a traveller with luggage. At the other places you'd have to carry your luggage up and down staircases and the buildings seemed older. I really loved Cinque Terre overall. I loved literally every place we visited during the trip but the three days here were a few of the most memorable for me.

The weather wasn't looking that good when we arrived. It was forecasted to rain/thunderstorm all of the days we were there..but we ended up getting super lucky because it was hot and sunny each day instead. Literally the opposite of what the forecast had said. Cinque Terre is definitely best enjoyed without the rain (as with most places..but especially here hahha).

Monterosso
Monterosso
MiaChi Monterosso
We stayed at a place called MiaChi which was really really nice. I highly recommend it if you are visited Cinque Terre. I loved the blue and white interiors of the room. It was only a quick ~7min walk from the train station.

Monterosso Cinque Terre
After checking in, we headed out again to the old town in search of dinner. The place we stayed at was on one end of the village and the old town part is on the opposite end. Since it is such a small place, it only takes about 15min to walk from end to end.

Monterosso Cinque Terre
church under renovation
Monterosso restaurant
seafood spaghetti

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9.17.2018

667. Day 15 of 28 | Pisa and Lucca

Lucca
The next day, we were in Pisa. I guess the main reason Pisa was on our itinerary was because it was the closest "big" city to Cinque Terre, our next destination. We only spent a day in Pisa. It's a pretty quiet city and there isn't much else to do besides seeing the Leaning Tower. Since Lucca was a quick half hour train ride away, we decided to go there for the evening. I LOVED Lucca! It's a very charming and cozy little town. I really liked the atmosphere there. (The photo above is from Lucca by the way)

Italy food
Lunch in Pisa. I ordered an "Aperol" which tasted like orange cough syrup. I never had it before (only aperol spritz) and didn't know that it was alcoholic..the effects of that hit me pretty hard hahah.

Pisa Italy
After lunch we continued on our walk to the Leaning Tower

Pisa Italy
The gelato shop on the left corner here is very popular. It was my favourite gelato from the whole trip!

Lucca
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Lucca Italy
Then we went to Lucca..

fat cat
Piazza dell'Anfiteatro Lucca
The city center of Lucca is walled-in and filled with narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets. We wandered around a bit then reached Piazza dell'Anfiteatro which was the coolest "square" I've ever seen as it's actually completely round like an oval. The area was filled with restaurants. We had dinner here, then gelato, before heading back to our hotel in Pisa. I really love Tuscany. Would love to go back and explore more of the countrysides someday.

Piazza dell'Anfiteatro
Piazza dell'Anfiteatro
Lucca

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9.13.2018

666. Day 13 & 14 of 28 | Malta: Valletta and Mdina

Cockneys Restaurant
After a few days in Barcelona, we went to Malta! Unfortunately due to the scheduling of flights we were only able to be there for 1 day. We arrived late at night, had a late dinner and slept, then had the next day to explore..after the second night we had an early morning flight to Italy already. It was my first time in Malta and I really loved it. Really wish we could have had an extra day or two there to explore the rest of the island. I really like the style of the buildings and everything.

Hugos Malta
Our hotel there was a really cool design boutique hotel called Hugos.

Malta view
Malta
Walking around Valletta. All the buildings were very old.

Malta
Malta
Malta
Malta
Malta
Mdina
Mdina is the former capital city of Malta. It's a fortified village also known as the Silent City. I really liked wandering the quiet narrow streets here.

fresh seafood
For lunch we ate at a restaurant named Cockney's (first pic). We had freshly caught sea bass.

Malta postcard
Malta beach
Hugos Boutique Hotel
In the evening, we had dinner at the hotel lobby and sat there to work for a few hours. Then we went out to a nearby bar (our hotel is pretty centrally situated for nightlife) for a few drinks.

Hugos Boutique Hotel

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