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Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

I’m sure that I’m biased by our recent trip but one thing that is very prevalent along foreign coasts are beautiful little towns, centered around their local harbor, and made up of very picturesque pastel colored dwellings and other buildings.  The photo below is of one of the small towns that make up the Cinque Terre area of the Italian Coast.  Unfortunately for this area, they are suffering from many collapsing hillsides due to recent floods.  While you can normally hike between the 5 towns that make up this area, all those trails were closed due to the instability of the hillsides.  Despite that, the area is incredibly beautiful and provides a definitive example for these “foreign” (at least to us American tourists) style coastal villages.

Cinque Terre – perched and pretty towns!

24 responses

  1. Beautiful photo. What an interesting place to visit and walk around. I don’t think you would want to get falling down drunk and roll down the street. 🙂

    October 26, 2012 at 8:37 am

    • Thanks Pat – if you get falling down drunk there, your fall might be ALOT farther than you planned on.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:55 am

  2. Much nicer photo than I got – it was drizzly and overcast with very flat light when we were there. Nice photo.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:51 am

    • Hi Lynne – it was off and on when we were there. As we trained between towns some were sunny some on the verge of rain…..amazing place in any light

      October 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

  3. We were fortunate to go to the Cinque Terre before the floods and so walked all the way along the path – I think it’s one of my all time favorite walks. The photo at the top of my blog is taken on that walk.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:10 am

    • Dearrosie – nice photo! We did get to hike up the hill to the highest of the towns (was it Monterossa?) but we definitely were disappointed that we missed out on the other hikes.

      October 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      • Thanks Scott.
        My “foreign” post also ended up being about Italy. 🙂

        October 27, 2012 at 9:08 am

      • Nice – your post made me hungry!

        October 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm

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  5. I just loved my trip to the Cinque Terre. I stayed in Monterosso. I hiked the trail between all 5 towns and then took the boat back. I remember it taking about 3 hours or so but it’s been a long time so my memory could be faulty. Sorry to hear that the trail is closed. The floods/mudslides must have been very devastating for those towns.
    Lovely photo as always!

    October 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    • Thanks Jackie – glad you got to see the area during better times.

      October 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm

  6. it looks wonderful. I think I would not like to live in one right on the edge though

    October 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    • Jo – the vista from some of the residences is just incredible – hopefully they will get the mudslide issues resolved.

      October 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm

  7. Amazing shot… and how they all stay on that perch is a miracle of architectural construction. 🙂

    October 28, 2012 at 4:24 am

    • Eliz – they have been having real problems with mudslides that have endangered parts of the towns. We read one report that it is due to changes in the way they farm the tiered land above the towns. Hopefully they’ll get that under control and preserve these gorgeous villages.

      October 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm

  8. Wow – postcard perfect!

    October 28, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    • TRS – Thanks! It wasn’t really a postcard kind of day (as far as weather is concerned) but it was awful pretty anyway.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:59 am

  9. What a wonderful painterly photo, Scott!

    October 29, 2012 at 6:30 am

    • Thanks Cheryl – I can’t paint so this was my best shot…. 🙂

      October 29, 2012 at 10:00 am

  10. Wonderful shot !
    Thank you to show these italian beautiful places…
    Cinque Terre still suffering for great rain and collapsing hillside…

    October 29, 2012 at 11:07 am

    • Max,
      Glad you liked it. It is definitely a tragedy to have the damage to such a beautiful place!

      October 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm

  11. Philip Sanfilippo

    Beautiful Shot Scott I hope you guys had a great time.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:51 am

    • We did Phil – Thanks – talk to you soon.

      November 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm

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