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An Italian Excursion in Cinque Terre



A rainy day in Riomagiorre Cinque Terre, Italy

“Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage”, so says a quote by Paolo Coelho that perfectly describes my solo trip to Italy this past October. I planned the journey with a couple of goals in mind; driving myself to the airport in New York City, and to master taking the train from Cinque Terre, where I would be staying, to Florence. I am proud to say I accomplished both of these objectives, but not without a few unexpected surprises along the way...


My trip started with significant traffic delays along my route into New York City. Thankfully, I had given myself plenty of extra time and was able to make it to the airport without issue. My flight was uneventful, actually relaxing, and the first week of my stay in Italy was delightful with incredible views, delicious food, and the people I met were approachable and helpful. I was invited to spend a day with one of the locals cruising around the Italian Riviera on his boat, and was able to capture some of the best photos of the trip. Feeling adventurous one evening, I decided to take a walk up to a village I could see lit in the distance from where I was staying. That “walk” turned into more of a hike, as the villages in this area are terraced into a steep incline leading to cliffs that overlook the sea. When I finally reached my destination, I was well rewarded by a quaint Italian village full of inspiration and history.


Unfortunately, the weather took a turn for the worse with violent storms predicted to hit the region along with flooding and possible landslides. There is only one main road leading into and out of the village, so I made the tough decision to leave the area and navigated the Italian transit system boarding a train to Florence where I spent some time sightseeing, before returning home about a week early. Although my trip was cut short, I was able to spend time relaxing at home unwinding and catching up with friends.

Traveling out of the country alone was daunting and took courage, but I am so glad I did. I love to travel to beautiful places and use what I see and experience to gather design inspiration that fuels my creative juices. Even though this trip was to a place I have visited before, I discovered new spots, met wonderful people, tried new food, and I can safely say I had one whirlwind of a trip.

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