This is one of my favourite photos from our summer 2010 road trip in Europe. It was taken in Vernazza, one of the five beautiful towns that makes up the Cinque Terre in Italy. I had heard a lot about these coastal towns from friends who had visited the Liguria region and it was a must see on our visit to Italy. The towns have rugged vine covered cliffs as their backdrop and paths built into these connect the towns.
Here are a few tips if you do decide to visit the Cinque Terre with your family:
1. Make use of the trains which travel between the towns. We took the car without realising that it’s quite a treck from the car park to the town – quite tough in the heat of the day with a buggy! It’s also worth noting that satnav doesn’t work in the the Cinque Terre. Our Tom Tom rarely fails us but did take us a VERY long way home along some very windy roads.
2. Talking of the heat of the day – avoid it! Leaving our accommodation at midday was a bad idea – we knew this at the time going but did it anyway because we hadn’t been organised enough in the morning (it used to be hard enough when it was just my husband and I but it’s even trickier with a five month old!) We didn’t want to wait until late afternoon which wouldn’t give us enough time before Euan’s bedtime. In the end we were out past bedtime anyway because we wanted to see the sunset.
3. Take your swimming costumes. However bear in mind that some of the swimming areas are pretty rocky so this activity is suited to older children and adults rather than the little ones.
I have also written about this trip in my post Keeping your Baby Cool in the Heat. The downside to the day was that Euan went on a feeding strike. Breastfeeding mothers out there, you know how uncomfortable this can be! However my main concern was that Euan would become dehydrated. Thankfully all was well and I didn’t stop the neurotic mother worry from spoiling the day (too much..)
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