Thursday, April 19, 2018

Cinque Terre, Italy

More photos from our time in Cinque Terre! Besides Riomaggiore the other two towns we visited were Manarola and Vernazza. There are 5 towns in total (cinque = five) but I felt like 3 out of the 5 towns we good enough for this trip especially since we only had one day. I was also glad because it was raining the whole first day we were there and while the towns were still gorgeous and it made for basically no crowds walking and hiking in the rain isn't the funnest thing to do. 

We first stopped in Vernazza which is a lovely gorgeous town and when I was reading about Cinque Terre lots of websites and blogs said that Vernazza is the most visited and picturesque town. It is beautiful but I think I prefer Riomaggiore or Manarola for views. But I will say Vernazza had the best gelato! It is a little place right on the main walk (there are tons of gelato shops, and probably even more in the summer) it is called Gelato Vernazza. It was some of the best gelato I have had in all of Italy and I have had a lot of gelato. I ordered the Crema Vernazza (their speciality flavor, it was berries and vanilla with some chocolate chips) and I also had Bacio (chocolate and hazelnut). Very very good and creamy. 

While in Vernazza will also had some light dinner of fish and chips. There was a little shop right off the main walk (via Roma) and we wanted something other than Italian food. We were in luck because the guy was making everything fresh just for us. There was no sitting room so we stood inside the shop to eat and stay out of the rain. We talked with the owner and bit and he told us how crowded it is in the summer. 

Our next stop was Manarola mainly for the views. We hiked over to the main spot where you can take photos of the whole town. It is really lovely and I would love to go back on a nice day but still have no crowds.... I probably can't have it both ways haha. After we explored the town a little bit we found a convenient store for some cheese and crackers and cookies because we knew we were not going to want to venture back out in the rain. Then we got on the train back to Riomaggiore to our apartment. 
love, Carlee
Jacket: NorthFace

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

We spent one night in Cinque Terra and the town we chose to stay in was Riomaggiore. The main reason I chose this place was because it seemed like a good base location for where we wanted to visit. I also found a great little apartment on that had good reviews and an amazing view of the town from the balcony.

We were recommended to try Dau Cila restaurant but we didn’t end up going there. It was rainy the first day we were there and by the time we got back to our apartment we didn’t want to adventure back out so we just snacked on cheese and crackers. I did get some amazing night shots of the town from our balcony and that is one reason I wanted to do Riomaggiore in its own post, I had too many photos and I didn’t really want to narrow them down haha

The morning of the last day we were in Cinque Terre was actually pretty nice. The weather was mild and no rain so we walked around on some trails and got some different views of the city. The town is so colorful. We did see one gray building and I thought the town needs to convince them to pain it a fun color. Although maybe the locals are tired of the tourist and are planning to paint all there houses ugly brown or gray colors ;) haha

We did have some of the best pizza in Riomaggiore from a little place near the train station called K&pris. I had the margherita pizza and clark had the ripieno . I know we live in Naples so we should already have had the best pizza but this pizza was pretty great. I like my mozzarella cheese spread out a little better so it melts evenly. In Naples they just put giant globs on it not my favorite. So there is that. Loved this town. I also loved that it was not busy at all. I heard during the summer months that it is awful busy and it doesn't seem very fun if so many people are around. Anyways, more to come. I hope everyone is having a great day. 
love, Carlee
Shirt: Target
Cardigan & Jeans: Old Navy
Purse: JCPennys
Shoes: Nike


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Making Pizza in Florence!

When traveling to Florence we didn't have any major plans except see the Duomo, eat gelato, and see the David. So I was looking at the Airbnb Experience in Florence and came across this pizza making one with great reviews. It also seemed like a good deal for the money you paid. I am so glad we signed up to do it, it was one of our favorite activities in Florence.
There were two other people in our class, another couple from the USA. It was fun getting to talk with them and experience it together. They were lovely people. Antonio was the pizza marker who taught us how to do it and he has been working and making pizza at the restaurant for 24 years. Oh yeah, we got to make the pizza at a restaurant called Toto. The restaurant has excellent reviews and we got to meet the owner so even if you don't take the pizza class I bet this would be a great spot for lunch or dinner. 
We got to learning everything that it makes to make a Neapolitan Pizza. First there was wine and water for us to drink while the owner told us a little bit about the history of the restaurant. Then we starting with making the dough. It was just a little bit of water, flour, salt, yeast, and olive oil. We learned how the consistency needed to me and how to form and shape the dough so it is firm for raising. Antonio said it takes 8 hours for the dough to raise and we were all looking around like what wait? This is a 2 hour class not 10 hours haha. But once we were done making the dough Antonio pulled out already raised dough he had made the night before. 
We then rolled the dough into a pizza shape which could some technique and skill. I am proud to say I am the only one that didn't break my pizza dough and had to start over with a new ball of dough. Go me! We then put all the toppings we wanted on it. I just choose mozzarella cheese (spread out really evenly) and some sausage which was like pepperoni. Clark put sausage, pepperoni and double mozzarella on this pizza. And once placed in the pizza oven it only took 2.5 minutes to cook. WHAT! So fast. The pizza was honestly delicious and one of the best pizzas I have had in Italy. I think they had really fresh ingredients at the restaurant and also maybe it tasted a bit better because I put my hard work into it. It was a good time and a fun couple hours spent in Florence. 
love, Carlee
Shirt: Zara
Pants: NEX
Shoes: Nike

PS. If you want to see me toss pizza dough with Antonio go to me instagram @carleewengel and look at my Italy highlights!