cinque terre – from riomaggiore to corniglia

I’ve always wanted to go see the Cinque Terre. “The Five Lands” is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Riomaggiore

The path from Riomaggiore to Manarola is called via dell’amore (the path of love) and is as famous as the Romeo & Juliet balcony in Verona.

via dell’amore

And after a 20 minutes walk we arrived in Manarola…

Manarola

We wanted to walk to Corniglia but unfortunalyl, 3 days before there had been a storm and the path was closed so we had to walk back and took the train instead.

Next stop: Corniglia…

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pop + shorty

I love sending cards, my collection is getting bigger and bigger because I always bring cards back from abroad and I stock up during sales. My boyfriends always makes fun of me because I send postcards when we are on holidays (sometimes even from a weekend abroad) but I think you can never replace the joy feeling of opening your mail box and finding a note with an SMS or an email…

I discovered pop+shorty on another blog and I really like the concept… here’s the website, they also make t-shirts, buttons, magnets, etc. and you can order everything online.

So really, what do you think? Am I too old fashioned?

happy friday

This week was a bit weird, I don’t know if it’s the weather or the autumn light but I felt terribly tired all the time (maybe vitamin C would help?) and  I am  looking forward to the weekend…

Here are 3 things currently making me happy :

Going to Pavia with my friend N. tomorrow…

New bakery discoveries…

Jonathan Adler’s Mrs Godfrey chair: I love you and one day, you will be mine…

Happy weekend everyone!

leigh and luca or the scarf obsession

I love scarves, in fact I think I have a scarf obsession (see picture above, they wouldn’t all fit in…).

They all have different styles, colors, textures and I wear one almost every day. It’s an accessory that can totally make an outfit work (same with bag and jewelery pieces), you only need a pair of jeans, a white t-shirt, black ballerinas and a nice, bold scarf. Especially now that it gets chilly again, you can definitely add a splash of color around your neck…

I discovered Leigh & Luca when I was in New York a few years ago. Their scarves are just wonderful. Take a look at their website that is totally cute and nicely done (especially the tutorial on how to wear your scarf, see below).

In Switzerland you can find them at Jelmoli but you can also order online.

Do you also have a scarf addiction?

liguria part 3 : santa margherita and portofino

I had wanted to go to go see Portofino for many many years so I woke up really early the morning we went there, full of hopes and expectations…

To get to Portofino, we took the train to Santa Margherita, it felt like beeing in a Fellini movie, the whole city looks like a decor from a 50’s and I instantly fell in love with it.

After a short walk from the station, we took the boat to Portofino (together with about half a million tourists)…

Beach cabins in Sta Margherita

The first thing we saw upon arrival were million dollar yachts, tourists and luxury boutiques so I was a little disapointed but I had a strategy to avoid the crowd (all going straight to the center) so instead, we walked up the hill instead. We took the stairs and climbed up toward the lighthouse (which is tiny and you can’t really see it from the path) but the view from the there was really beautiful.

Harbour of Portofino

After an hour or so, we were ready to brave the crowd and get a little something to eat…

Focaccia alle melanzane

I wanted to stay a little longer but there were so many tourists that one couln’t even walk normally on the streets so we decided to go back to Santa Margherita and spend some time there instead. The boat trip only takes 15 minutes (and we got to see Giorgio Armani’s yachts just leaving the bay)…  As soon as we reached ground we headed toward a restaurant to have lunch (the foccacia wasn’t enough after all the stair climbing!).


So we had some clams, seafood pasta and local sweets and after another walk around, we headed back to Framura.