When our daughter was one, we decided to start our own family tradition, namely to travel to someplace interesting and memorable at Christmas. It fits well with our schedules, allows us to continue our own travel desires, and, most importantly, provides our daughter with an opportunity to see the world, at least pieces of it, one trip at a time.
Her first Christmas trip, when she was almost one and a half, was to Amalfi, Italy. Trips to Port Grimau (France), Kotor (Montenegro) & Dubrovnik (Croatia), in one trip, London (England), and Lucca/ Tuscany (Italy) followed, along with four other trips during summers.
For her tenth European adventure and sixth Christmas trip, she finds herself in Cinque Terra in Italy this Christmas. Five small villages – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore – comprise the five lands. We are staying in an apartment overlooking the Mediterranean Sea (technically the Ligurian Sea) in Manarola.
In addition to Manarola, we have visited two other Cinque Terra villages, Riomaggiore and Corniglia. The other two, Monterosso and Vernazza, were seriously damaged by floods and mudslides in October. Try to imagine twenty inches of rain in three hours. They are closed to the public still. We’ve also ventured beyond Cinque Terra in several directions.
We know she’s enjoying herself immensely. Her skipping while singing is a dead giveaway. As her adventures continue here, I’ll share some more of them.