After Monday’s somewhat heavy post, I thought I should assure you that I’m not just sitting around steaming about politics all day.
I’m also dreaming of travelling. As the weather becomes increasingly spring-like (sorry, Ontario-dwellers, if I am alienating you with this statement), the travel bug in me is stirring to life again.
Stelian and I were tossing around the idea of taking a trip outside of Switzerland for the weekend in April that covers both my birthday and our first wedding anniversary. Then, as we were discussing it a few days ago, we realized that this weekend will also coincide with Easter this year! Oy vey, we said — everyone else will be travelling then, too. We’d better get to planning.
We thought we’d choose from one of three countries which border Switzerland — France, Italy, or Austria. Initially, we had our sights set on Vienna, a city that we have long wanted to visit. But then, we thought it’d be nice to go somewhere a little less urban. And it’d be nice to be near a body of water. So, we decided on this.
The Cinque Terre are five villages in the Liguria region of Italy, strung along cliffs bordering the Mediterranean, and connected by hiking paths. The region is both a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage site. The villages are car-free (that always sounds so good to me as someone who has never owned a car) and the area is known for its pesto production. We look forward to hiking and eating and generally just soaking up the calm ambience of Italy. We both adored Tuscany when we went in 2008, and I’m sure we will love the Cinque Terre just as much when we visit next month.
So let’s talk travel. What trips are you planning, or dreaming about, in 2011? If you’re currently travelling or already have travelled, what have been your best experiences? Please share in the comments!