**Before anyone gets worried – no we have not moved yet. Just getting those search engines ready for when we do in a few months!**
Before we even came to Europe I of course began scouring travel sites, Pinterest and all things travel blogs to start our European bucket list. It began long and I’ll leave with it just as long because I continue to add new spots to it!
One of the first places I discovered in my search was Cinque Terre, Italy.
OH. MY. WORD.
Just draw dropping gorgeous. Terry and I had the incredible opportunity to go last spring while grandparents were visiting. We knew he was starting a new job and the likelihood of getting away for our actual 20th anniversary was very, very slim. So we took advantage and set off for a long weekend before the summer crowds descended upon it.
It’s one of those places that you hope and hope is not just severely photoshopped in othe peoples’ photos and blogs. I wanted it to be real. I needed it to be real.
AND IT WAS!!
The colors of the villages in Cinque Terre are absolutely incredible. As you climb the steep steps and inclines you get glimpses of the next village and it just pops against the blue sky and ocean.
We knew within minutes that it was such a good idea to NOT bring the girls. Sure, we could train from village to village, but I was mostly pumped about hiking along the ocean and through the 5 villages.
Now, let me also say that this hiking is NO JOKE!!! Holy hills and stairs! The incline was insane, but the beauty kept us going. Along with a critical stop for a beer to wait out some rain where we met some fellow Americans on their own European adventure. The rain always gave way to beautiful blue skies to match the crystal clear blue water.
We stayed in the beautiful village of Riomaggiore. Super easy to access and a great little apartment in a cave that we loved!
It was absolutely the vacation of a lifetime and we couldn’t have picked a better place to celebrate our second decade of marriage. It’s already back on the short list of places to go back to and explore even more.
We were fortunate enough to have a bit of time before our flight to explore Pisa. I highly recommend it if that’s where you fly into and out of on your way to Cinque Terre.
PUT THIS ON YOUR LIST STAT! It’ll blow your socks off.