Day 20 – Cinque Terre Hiking Day 2
“The Cool Waters of the Mediterranean”
Unlike yesterday, the trails here are empty. We could walk for 30 minutes without seeing another fellow hiker. But it was nice having the trails to ourselves. There were some sections when it was quite narrow and you had to stand to the side to let another hiker pass by.
I think we are nearing Monterrosa! We crash into a group of 50 hikers from Germany and Austria. Most of them were equipped with those walking sticks that help them to maintain their balance. They were so happy and friendly. Of course we all Buon Giorgno’d each other. We stop and speak with one of their leaders. She asks us where we are from and when we told her California she summons another hiker and tells him we are from California! Hmm! I guess they’re fans of California!
Each establishment created some kind of decoration that used lemon in some way. Everything was very “yellow.” There were children dressed in Lemon hats selling food on the streets. There was live entertainment playing of all things Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long.” We had lunch at a very nice restaurant then had desert from one of the festival vendors.