The train ride from Selerno to La Spezia turned out to be exciting, as Weiling and I missed the train when we got off to buy bottled water from a machine. The train only stayed for one minute and left without us. Well, live and learn. Hope had the good sense to just wait for us, with all our luggage plus her own luggage, in the station of La Spezia. She took a picture of us when she saw us heading toward her after getting off a later train we got on.
Bonassola is a nice little town by the water.
Our home away from home in Bonassola, which is a short walk from the train station, and close to the "downtown" and the water front:
We did not spend too much time explore the town, but it has some interesting sights:
, like a church and a waterfall in the distance, a nice beach and a fort:
The old railway tunnel, now a walking/biking path heading south toward Levanto. We walked through this tunnel quite a number of times. It is about 20-30 minutes walk to Levanto. The scenery along the walk was gorgeous!
Levanto is a town to the north of the northern est town of the official Five Villiages of Cinque Terre. But the unlimited Cinque Terre train ride ticket allows you to ride to Levanto for free. So a lot of times we walked from Bonassola to Levanto via the tunnel and to catch the train in Levanto.
The day did not start raining, we walked along the promenade, and checked out the church and castle while it was only cloudy.
I had to say I enjoyed the hike! The rain did not really bother me that much. I am pretty thankful!!