With a few days left of this semester, my life is pretty full with essays and final exams at the moment. Unfortunately, that means that I haven’t been able to update my blog as much as I’d like, but at the same time, I’ve still been able to squeeze in a few trips to Heidelberg, Frankfurt, Zurich, and next Monday, I’ll be leaving for Croatia for a week!
In the meantime, while I’m off to finish my enormous to do list for this week, I’ll leave you guys with some of my favourite recent photos!
The last time I was in Zurich was almost three years ago, so when one of my best friends from home, Miriam, moved there a few months back for a job, I began planning my visit. Luckily, living in southern Germany, Zurich is only a few hours away by bus!
I was planning on visiting back in May but because of my busy master’s schedule, I didn’t have time until last weekend in June. On the bright side, the weather in June this year has been wonderfully sunny in both Germany and Switzerland, so our weekend was filled with spending time at the lake, ice cream, exploring hipster parts of Zurich, and of course watching the World Cup games (because although we’re both not regular soccer fans, when it comes to the World Cup or Euro Cup, all of a sudden we turn into crazy soccer fanatics).
If you’re travelling to Italy, Cinque Terre is a place not to be missed. With a collection of five coastal villages along the Italian Riviera, village hopping to each of the picturesque villages is definitley an unforgettable experience.
The best way to get to Cinque Terre is by train. From Pisa it’s only about an hour away, but there’s also connections there from Florence, and other major cities like Venice and Milan. The Italian national railway is called Trenitalia. It’s a bit confusing but it’s great for searching for connections beforehand and even buying your tickets online.
Click here to search up train schedules!
*Remember to get your ticket validated before you go on the train!*
Depending on where you’re traveling from, you might have to travel to La Spezia and take a connecting train to the villages. Luckily I travelled there from Pisa, where there are a good amount of direct connections! A single way train ticket from Pisa is aprrox. 8 euros.
Cinque Terre, located on the Italian Riviera, is hands down, one of my favourite places in Europe, if not the world! The word itself is Italian for “five villages” and consists of just that! Well they’re not just any villages, but five of the most stunning, picturesque villages you’ll ever visit. These include: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.
Since the villages are only a few minutes apart by train, “village hopping” really easy and you can definitely visit all five in a day or pace yourself and spend days, weeks, even months there!
The easiest way of getting there is from Pisa, where a train is only an hour away and costs around 8 euros. But I’ll explain more about the practicalities concerning Cinque Terre in my next post.
And now for some photos!!