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cinque terre, lookbook, photography, travel diary, singapore blogger
cinque terre, lookbook, photography, travel diary, singapore blogger
cinque terre, lookbook, photography, travel diary, singapore blogger
cinque terre, lookbook, photography, travel diary, singapore blogger
cinque terre, lookbook, photography, travel diary, singapore blogger
cinque terre, lookbook, photography, travel diary, singapore blogger
cinque terre, lookbook, photography, travel diary, singapore blogger
cinque terre, lookbook, photography, travel diary, singapore blogger
cinque terre, lookbook, photography, travel diary, singapore blogger
cinque terre, lookbook, photography, travel diary, singapore blogger
cinque terre, lookbook, photography, travel diary, singapore blogger
cinque terre, lookbook, photography, travel diary, singapore blogger
cinque terre, lookbook, photography, travel diary, singapore blogger
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Cinque Terre [ˌtʃinkwe ˈtɛrːe] has always been on the top of my travel list and I was really over the top when I finally planned this trip. Her name itself literally means (cinque)five (terre)towns, and the place with no surprise it is really five towns, every town has its own train station, and its about 5-10 mins by train between each town. 

We took a really long way there to Cinque Terre, for the first time I feel that my planning has failed me, but there was really not much options for me to choose from. So this was how our journey went: 1.5hrs train to Brussels- 1hr shuttle bus to airport- 2hrs flight to Genoa- 1hr shuttle bus to city centre/train station-2hrs train to Cinque Terre. We started traveling at 10am and only reached the hotel at 8pm. BUT, for Cinque Terre, it is totally worth it. 

The next day, all refreshed, we could not wait to explore the place but to be told with the fact that the trains were not working as the train operators were having strike. So the only way for us to travel around was by boat. So without any options, we decided to take the boat to Monterroso, the furthest town from our hotel and the one with the most beautiful beach. Soon we realised taking the boat was the worst decision of all times. It was so rocky I really thought we were going to be thrown overboard. Soon, the three of us turned green, flopped around everywhere and with plastic bags in hand just in case we need to puke. Somehow, everyone else on the boat was fine, even the elderly and the youngest baby who I think is only about a few months old. WHY? 

The boat was really rocky, really. Like one in a disaster movie. 

And the trip took around an hour. One hour taste of near death I thought. 

However, once we reached Monterroso, the scenery was so so so so beautiful,  everything you imagined and everything you seen from a postcard, it is really like that! The sunny weather is just the cherry on top. Although we were really protective not to get sunburn. Again, for Cinque Terre, that one hour seems to be worth it.

Since the train service was down and we swear we were not going to take the ferry back, and train service supposedly resumes at 9pm, so we decided to slowly take our time at Monterroso and leave the rest of the four towns to the next day. In the end there were a few train services from time to time and we got back to our hotel comfortably. So much so for the boat ride earlier. 

Day 2 we were just immersed in the good atmosphere, sunny weather, adorable colourful towns and marvellous seafood. Later that day, we went to Porto Venere, a little town just outside Cinque Terre, and I feel that it is really a hidden gem. There was not many tourists or even people around, and the scenery just blow your mind. There is this abandoned old castle at the edge of the town overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Sometimes it is really this hidden treasure that make you slow down and really appreciate your travel. 

The way back was equally long. Unexpectedly, we took a detour in Belgium and went to this small town called Genk where there was a Futureland Festival. By that we extended our holiday by a day and booked last minute hotel and not even sure the route to get there or get back to Tilburg from there.  I always wanted to go for an outdoor music festival, Tomorrowland is just too crazy and I would not be around in Europe by then, so this mini one is good for my virgin experience. Somehow everything worked out fine. Besides, the sudden change of plans gave me the extra adrenaline rush.