(Photos by Liz Weeden)
Today we hiked the Cinque Terre (Five Villages) in Italy. The Cinque Terre is noted for its beauty. Over centuries, people have carefully built these villages on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. The entire hilled landscape was terraced and used for housing as well as crops for grapes and olives. The traditional sea route for hiking was closed off, so a group of us took the alternative path. This path was much more difficult and went up and down the terraces. It was the best view of the whole entire area as well as an excellent work out. From the top you can see the entire sparkling coast line of the area in contrasts with the rough terrain it engulfs.