Fairytale images of Cinque Terre

Dreaming of some time out from the current reality, Mother Nature put on a special show for me (and others) at the Cinque Terre, at least for those of us who live above the main villages. Probably due to the unseasonal warm weather we are having despite it still being Winter, a reaction between the sea and land temperature….whatever it was, it was truly magic!Cinque Terre under the cloudsThree days of clouds rolling in and up and slowly dissipating during the day, to rollback in again the next day and the one after. Locals call it “il caligo” – meaning fog, but it is rare to see it at this time of year and to continue as such for days. For us above it all, it was a fairytale blanket of clouds, inviting and enticing us to take a plunge into its soft fluffy texture.

As it slowly dispersed the village of Corniglia would reappear in a dreamlike stateCorniglia in clouds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Damaged wall on hike path

 

Time to explore what it was like down inside the fog, and see how the villages were coping with Covid restrictions and hear the news. Hiking down I found a couple of dry stone walls collapsed but no major landslide fortunately and Vernazza looking beautiful as usual.

Rumour has it Via dell Amore will reopen this year, but that has been promised before so we will just have to wait and see.

View on Vernazza

 

 

Vernazza’s main street was very quiet, just a few shoppers waiting their turn outside the mini supermarket, and the table soccer game waiting for the kids to return from school.

But they were busy on the beach rebuilding the boat slipway before the weather warms up.

The water in the bay looking crystal clear…..Vernazza Cinque Terreand the view across to Monterosso a peaceful one.View to MonterossoCorniglia was the same, hardly a soul about apart from a group of friends enjoying  the sunshine with a picnic at the panoramic point.

Picnic at CornigliaUnfortunately another wall down on the way in to Corniglia  while  a new drystone wall has gone up in my little village.  A stonemason’s artistic masterpiece  showing the skill  and talent required.

Clouds roll in Cinque Terre

 

As the fog rolls in I hike back up to enjoy the view and wait for another fairytale beginning on the Cinque Terre.

 

Cinque Terre under the clouds 3

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    • Not many know how to do drystone walls here either Vicki. In fact the workers were young Albanians with a history of those walls. They did a fabulous job and were very proud of it.

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