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Cinque Terra - 5 Lands~

My boyfriend was on a 3 months work assignment to Italy, so I took a week leave and flew to Italy to visit him. We didn't really go much places for sightseeing as he gotta work during the weekdays. We only went places around Gallarate (the town he stayed) and during the weekend, we went Cinque Terra.

Using Google translator, Cinque Terra = 5 lands. It's actually 5 villages (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore) built on coastal hills. The whole Cinque Terra National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

We've heard of the famous Via dell"Amore (Lovers Lane) which is a walking trail from Manarola to Riomaggiore and there's a place along this trail where lovers could lock their love with a padlock. Hence, we took a train from Genoa which directly brought us to Manarola. Upon reaching Manarola, we were totally disappointed!! The trail was closed.. And we saw people locking the padlocks on the gate instead..

The gate to the Lovers Lane was closed


Many firsts at Kiwi Land~

This was a belated 2 year anniversary trip for us. We liked the serenity in New Zealand, there's lots of opportunity to be in close contact with nature. It's a good place to settle down for retirement. There're many cows and sheep in NZ, in fact, we saw many more animals than human.

The driving experience in NZ was an adventurous one. Most of the roads, even highways were single lane and we were driving through winding roads up and down the mountains for half of our journey. And I had experienced my many "first time" here..

"First time" number 1: Staying in camper van 
We rented a camper van for one week and it was during the off-peak season for camper van. We did not see many camper vans on the road throughout our trip. Winter's not the tourist season for NZ as it was really cold, windy and rainy. The weather was quite unpredictable. Not to mention staying in a camper van in winter. We must be out of our minds.

We drove through the North Island, fro…