Just a Few More Cinque Terre Photos

Before I move on from the Cinque Terre, I couldn’t resist sharing just a few more pretty photos from this trip. (Stay tuned: More Italian Riviera beauty — and a little taste of Tuscany — are coming right up, followed shortly by the Austrian Alps.) Enjoy!

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Vernazza’s harbor, with its boats safely beached from rough seas, is always a popular photo op.

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Speaking of rough seas, I was in Manarola both in thundering surf — when the swimming hole became a churning whirlpool, and monstrous waves swallowed up the breakwater — and in eerily calm waters.

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During my afternoon hike from Vernazza to Corniglia, I had the trails mostly to myself. (If you’re wondering about the difficulty level of Cinque Terre hikes, it looks like this. Lots and lots and lots of this.)

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And finally, underrated Riomaggiore, with one of the prettiest harborfronts…

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…made even prettier at sunset, when everybody comes out to watch the sun disappear into the languid Ligurian Sea. This was the last night of my Cinque Terre visit, and  —  after a whirlwind afternoon running round Riomaggiore — I was just killing a few minutes here before the 8:30 train home to Manarola. This view certainly beat the train station waiting room…and I didn’t even mind having to rush to my train when I heard it pulling in.

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By the way, a note to my fellow shutterbugs: On this trip, I’ve had a blast playing around with the Google NIK Collection of photo editing software, which was recently purchased — and made free to the public — by Google. Admittedly, I’m getting carried away a little with all the new toys (especially in the Color Efex Pro tool). But if you’re ready to go beyond the basic photo editing capabilities of Picasa, give it a try.

One Reply to “Just a Few More Cinque Terre Photos”

  1. Great photos and advice to get off the well-trod path. Thanks for the Google NIK tip- it’s downloading now!

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