Vernazza is an incredibly beautiful part of the Cinque Terre! We loved exploring this part of the Cinque Terre and really exploring the beautiful shops, and sitting by the water. There were plenty of restaurants here some high up with great views. We went to have a look at a few even though we had no plans to eat. The harbour area is also delightful and full of character. There were heaps of young people sitting around chatting by the sea, and old men out fishing.
A Pebble Beach
As we explored Vernazza we happened through a big cave which led to a pebble beach on the other side. This type of beach is such a novelty for us, and even Lior thought all the rocks were interesting (to taste).
The Almost Skinny-Dip at Vernazza
When you’re out at the harbour area, right to the end, to the left, is a cave the sea goes into. Luke, being the curious soul that he is, decided that he wanted to swim there, even though it was quite cool, and we had no towel or togs!
Despite my pleads for him not to, he insisted, and bought a towel, stripped down to his undies (hence the almost skinny dip!), and made the plunge into the freezing water!
He managed to swim into the cave and have a look around and then come back. He got plenty of weird looks (particularly from the local elderly men who were fishing), and also managed to encourage some other tourists to do the same! Afterwards I asked him how it was and he told me that he didn’t know how cold it really was, because as soon as his body went into the water he was totally numb and couldn’t feel a thing! So yeah, pretty cold then!!
From the picture above you can see that while our baby Lior was an excellent traveller, he was not immune to the odd crying fit! This fit was because we wouldn’t let him go down onto the railway line while we waited for the train to take us on to Monterosso. You suck Mum & Dad!
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