Walks/Easy Hikes We Have Enjoyed

Old Jan 24th, 2021, 06:45 AM
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Walks/Easy Hikes We Have Enjoyed

No travel for us in 2020. No travel scheduled for 2021. Hopefully Portugal in 2022 but itís too early to know for sure or to do much about that. Whatís a travel planning addict to do?

The questions Dukey1 asked about a trip to Positano got me thinking about our adventure on the Path of the Gods. Which then made me think of our adventure on the high trail between Manarola and Corniglia in the Cinque Terre. Then our walk on Capri to the Arco Naturale and our visits to the cliffs at Etretat came to mind. Next thing I know Iím putting together a few pictures of these incredibly beautiful places. If you enjoy not-too-difficult walks with gorgeous panoramic views, I recommend trying one or all of these.

We had our first covid shot last week and are scheduled for the second shot in the third week of February. I really hope we can all travel again in 2022.
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Old Jan 24th, 2021, 08:28 AM
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Old Jan 24th, 2021, 09:03 AM
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I have also posted a few pics of The Path of the Gods and the Cinque Terre but they are somewhere in the moderator approval zone. Hope they eventually show up.
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John- Love all your pictures.


I really enjoy getting to go on walks while on vacation. We were able to go up the gondola in Ortisei and enjoyed a nice one.
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So pretty! Thanks, John and Paqngo. 📸
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Fantastic John. Thanks for the great photos. We have Portugal scheduled in September 2021, but not optimistic. Our neighbor, who is Portuguese, just returned from a long stint in her home in Sintra. She said things are not good in Portugal. Maybe we'll run into you in 2022.
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Paqngo - thanks. We have been to Italy several times but have not made it to the Dolomites - they look great. I can't wait until we can "paqngo" to Portugal - love your screen name.

TDudette- Thanks. So glad we were able to see these places.

maitaitom - Thanks. I've been following along with your trip planning for Portugal - thanks for doing all the legwork for me. LOL. Portugal has survived for quite a while but not sure it would have survived both of our groups at the same time in our younger days - but it may stand a chance now. It would be great to sample some port together. Sure hope travel is a possibility for 2022.
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Thanks for posting these evocative photos, which have me dreaming of a return to southern Italy when travel resumes.
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Old Jan 25th, 2021, 07:34 AM
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John- We are also supposed to be in France the end of September and your pictures of Etretat are calling me. However, I am not holding my breath for travel this year.
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John, spectacular! You had sunny, warm weather, it appears. The sea is a gorgeous blue.

Paqngo, the peaks in your first photo are amazing.

We like to walk when we travel, but I admit most of the time it's on level ground.
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Thanks for sharing, John, your photos really give me itchy feet!
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Fra_Diavolo, Paqngo, dreamon - Thanks. I'm dreaming of my first visit to Portugal. Even though we are in fairly good health the clock is ticking and the number of trips we will be able to do where we can do some walks like these is dwindling. I know we are extremely fortunate compared to hundreds of millions of people in the world so missing out on a couple of trips to Europe is absolutely nothing in the scheme of things.

Coquelicot - We were extremely lucky with the weather. There was a threat of rain in all these places except for Etretat but the weather gods smiled on us.
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Great concept and photos, john183. It brought back wonderful memories of our hike along the Cinque Terre in 2018, and we aspire to do the Path of the Gods sometime in the not-too-distant future.

If you're thinking about Portugal in 2022, you might want to check out my "Armchair Travel: Portugal" and "Portugal: A Photographic Trip Album" threads over on that forum.
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Great idea for a thread and terrific photos. Here are a couple from a wonderful day spent hiking in the Dolomite region.


View from the top


On a tall skinny pole at the top


Tiny flowers growing in the pools of melted snow
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And another few taken on a walk uphill from Taormina to Castelmola. Lots of puffing on the way up but stupendous views made it worth it.

I would so love to go overseas again but can't even imagine it at the moment. One day...




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Originally Posted by john183 View Post
I'm dreaming of my first visit to Portugal. Even though we are in fairly good health the clock is ticking and the number of trips we will be able to do where we can do some walks like these is dwindling. I know we are extremely fortunate compared to hundreds of millions of people in the world so missing out on a couple of trips to Europe is absolutely nothing in the scheme of things.
Thanks john and others for the stunning pictures, we should have visited Etretat last May. Lisbon was scheduled for this March, am still hoping weíll get there sometime later this year.

i agree weíre part of the lucky few who have been able to indulge our passion for travel, Iím also sure itíll happen again sooner or later. But though reasonably fit and active weíre not getting any younger and I rue the time which is running out. First world problems I admit...
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jeffergray - Thanks. The Path of the Gods is incredible. We took a taxi to Bomerano and walked back to Nocelle then took a bus down to our hotel in Positano. That worked well for us. I'm about to start researching Portugal so thanks for pointing me to your threads. I'm sure I will have questions for you.

KayF - Gorgeous pictures, thanks for posting them. I can see I really need to visit the Dolomites. We went to Castelmola from Taormina in 2017 but we took a bus. I'm sure you did do a lot of puffing on the way up but you are correct - the views are oh so worth it from up there.

geetika - I hope you eventually get to visit Etretat on a bright sunny morning. I'm not even going to try to get to Portugal until next year.
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