September 6 – Cinque Terre

Swimming in the morning

Swimming in the morning

Forest Fire burns in the background

Forest Fire burns in the background

We found our way South from Corniglia to Riomaggorie and Manarola by way of the hiking paths that connect the 5 towns of the Cinque Terre.  Thus, this blog should be about the amazing views, beautiful vineyards and swimming we did along the way.  However, a huge forest fire in Cormiglia is instead what we will remember about today and tonight.  While we were never in danger, the fire raged close by and we had front row seats as they worked to put it out ferrying water, first with just a helicopter from the sea and eventually with an additional airplane that would “scoop” the water as it flew between the mountain and sea.  Assured by the firemen that we were safe and should stay put, we packed up in case of evacuation and waited and watched.

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