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Fishermen in Vernazza Harbor, Cinque Terre


Over a month home now, the place that sticks with me is the Cinque Terre on the Northern Italian Mediterranean Coast. Brimming with charm and beauty, this area is one of the most enjoyable places I’ve been and I can’t wait to return there in the future.    Here, in a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Italian National Park, five cities (“Cinque Terre”) cling to the cliffs near the coastline, each offering it’s own blend of charming beauty.

We stayed in Vernazza with a beautiful tiny harbor that is still home to fisherman who I think are usually catching anchovies which are then served up both in the salty way that is not very popular in the USA but also in a light lemon oil which for me was a very tasty treat along with the rest of our meal at Il Pirata Cafe in Vernazza, one of the Cinque Terre’s best restaurants.

Booking Europe with TripAdvisor and Venere

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As I wrap up our hotel bookings for the Europe adventure I’m very pleased with the many reviews I’m finding at and the booking services at, though I think Venere is best for the major cities where TripAdvisor is very helpful even for smaller city destinations like Vernazza in the Cinque Terre.

For Paris, Rome, and Venice I was very pleased with Venere’s ability to sort through thousands of listings and give me high rated properties at lower cost.    Most importantly I was able to reserve them with my credit card with very reasonable  cancellation policies – in one case better than that at the hotel website.     Plans can change in Europe and I’m concerned about the fact that some areas – like the Cinque Terre – are not at all cancellation friendly.     Although my understanding is that you can usually find a nice place in the Cinque Terre without a reservation I’m not risking that with a family in tow and the area surging in popularity pretty much every time a Rick Steves show, book, or magazine extolls the beauty and charm of the area.

Although it’s time consuming, a good approach for smaller destinations is to review the TripAdvisor listings for your destination and then use Google search to find the specific hotel website.   From there I’m finding friendly hotel folks who seem genuinely apologetic when they can’t find me the right room.

Thanks again to Eurail Pass, for helping to sponsor our European Rail Adventure

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