Writing with Light

Manarola Blue Hour

Along the rugged coast of the Italian Riviera, just west of La Spezia, lies Cinque Terre or “The Five Villages.” The five villages that comprise Cinque Terre are Riomaggiore; Manarola; Corniglia; Vernazza and Monterosso.

You can’t drive in the villages so we parked our car in La Spezia for a few days and took the 15 minute train ride to Manarola, which was our base for a few days. To say that I was blown away by the beauty of this region would be an understatement. The five villages are connected by hiking trails and by the train. If you plan to visit I would highly recommend getting a train pass so that you can easily hop on or off when you need a break from hiking.

On our first evening in Manarola we had dinner at a seafood restaurant by the water. I knew I wanted to capture that iconic scene that I’ve seen so many times from other photographers so I brought my gear along. We had a lovely meal and my very dear and patient husband waited for me at our table while I went to “get my shot.” I returned a short time later and we had a lovely desert and finished of a great evening with an espresso.

On another note I posted a new image from Portofino to my Facebook page today. Head on over and have a look. While I do publicize my blog posts on FB, I am also uploading Facebook exclusive images so please consider giving the page a “Like”

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Cinque Terre, Manarola, Italy, village, colored village, blue hour, long exposure, cliff, sea,

45 responses

  1. Stunning!!

    Liked by 1 person

    September 3, 2014 at 7:57 am

  2. Your image brought memories of my stay in Riomaggiore–a serene spot as were the other towns of Cinque Terre. Their culture and cuisine of these small villages reflects the Italian style of welcoming tourists. The architecture dazzles. Your capture is a stunning reminder. We also walked a lot.


    September 3, 2014 at 8:04 am

    • Thanks Sally. I’ll be posting an image from Riomaggiore in the next day or so. It is stunning and I’m dying to go back.


      September 3, 2014 at 9:43 am

  3. That is so beautiful Edith, I love train rides too!

    Seafood, on the coast of Italy, wow! I love seafood and Italian food, so I can just imagine how tasty your dinner was. 🙂


    September 3, 2014 at 8:04 am

  4. Wonderful !


    September 3, 2014 at 8:12 am

  5. Another WOW moment, great shot Edith.


    September 3, 2014 at 8:13 am

  6. This looks like it was an amazing trip, Edith. Love this photo, it’s awesome.


    September 3, 2014 at 8:44 am

  7. I had not been on wordpress in a really long time, but I usually get emails when you post, and this time I could not resist coming here to comment!
    This photo is spectacular!! I was there a couple of days ago and your photo brought to my head memories of one of the best days of my life.
    Amazing photo Edith, beautifully captured. Perfect exposure!!!


    September 3, 2014 at 10:14 am

    • Thank you so much Pablo for your very kind comments. I really do appreciate it. Isn’t it just the most incredible place. I wish I can get on a plane and head back there now.


      September 3, 2014 at 3:19 pm

  8. Splendid!


    September 3, 2014 at 10:17 am

  9. This is so beautiful, Edith!


    September 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm

  10. Len

    As much as I loved the Portofino photo, this one is even better Edith. Wonderfully captured.


    September 3, 2014 at 7:35 pm

  11. Beautiful picture Edith. Well done!


    September 3, 2014 at 9:53 pm

  12. Oh, we spent some magical moment in Manarola twenty years ago!
    Beautiful photo, you captured that feeling 🙂


    September 4, 2014 at 12:02 am

  13. LB

    What an incredible place, and you have introduced it to us beautifully!


    September 4, 2014 at 7:39 pm

  14. Beautiful Edith!


    September 5, 2014 at 3:37 am

  15. Herrlich, diese Stimmung mit Abend und Wetter. Grüße, Ernestus


    September 5, 2014 at 4:20 am

  16. Fabulous image Edith!!!


    September 5, 2014 at 8:25 am

  17. Incredible capture, Edith. It looks like it belongs in a fairy tale. Just wow! The way you framed everything is just so romantic and the overall color makes it so dreamy. Great shot! Wishing I was there! Love, Amy


    September 5, 2014 at 11:22 am

  18. Incredible landscape capture!


    September 5, 2014 at 4:21 pm

  19. The houses appear to cling to that rocky headland in an improbable way. And the light at dusk is very attractive. What a pretty little village. I assume this is further down the Neapolitan riviera?


    September 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    • Thanks Andy. It is part of the Italian Riviera. It’s just west of La Spezia.


      September 6, 2014 at 3:24 pm

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  22. Fantastic scene and I can easily understand why you were drawn away from your meal 😀


    September 15, 2014 at 11:34 am

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