Top art museums around the world

Having enjoying art since year 7, did GCSE Art and AS Art; never would have thought I would have visited that many art galleries/museum around the world to give you a list of quality art museums recommendations!

I kept on reminding myself that holiday is a luxury for anyone and that we shouldn’t big up our own mind just because we have travelled. Travelling should widen your horizon and expand your eyes for others while it is not something used as a way of showing off.

Visiting art gallery are on my top list to do if they are interesting enough to be on my list. And surprisingly, from my last few trips I have managed to visit one in each country…

IMG_5693Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen
Skovvej 100, 2635 Ishøj, Denmark

From any central station, take S line to Ishøj. Take the S train, line A towards Solrød/Hundige or line E towards Køge to Ishøj Station (this line doesn’t run on weekend btw), then take bus route 128 goes directly to the museum – it takes approx. 5 minutes. This bus is a circular route, so take it back at where you got off to get to the station.
You can also walk from Ishøj Station to Arken via the path system. This takes approx. 20 minutes.

I was torn between two contemporary art galleries, after some comparison and notes taken from tripadvisor, I have managed to convince my fellow travel buddies to go outside of Copenhagen with me and visit this infamous Arken Museum of Modern Art. It was an easy journey from Norroport station (absolutely, the best choice of staying location in Copenhagen!)
My visit was purely just to absorb what Danish art gallery has to offer and to my surprised not only would I see Ai Weiwei’s 12 zodiac work, I have also come across the exhibition of artist Gerda Wegener, whom was a famous Danish artist and its infamous story of its partner. And the recent movie called Danish Girl is literately based on this artist’s real life story. So it was overwhelming to have encountered her work; got to know her history better and you can associate some of the work with the movie as well. Did not regret making this trip out to Arken, which offers a combination of contemporary arts, even my non-art buddies enjoyed this visit.

IMG_8338Leeum, Samsung museum of Art, Seoul
60-16 Itaewon-ro 55-gil, Yongsan-gu, L5 Seoul, Korea 140-893. Opening hours 1030 to 1800.
Closed every Monday, January 1st, New Year’s and Chuseok holidays.

From Hangangjin Station (Subway Line 6) Exit 1, walk straight for 100m towards Itaewon. Make a right turn at the first alley, walk up the hill for about 5 minutes.

As much as little time I have in Seoul, I was keen to fit in this art gallery on my to do list. Not too sure why, but sense set me to visit at the time (haha). After visited the Mural art area in the morning, I opt for some more art works in the cold afternoon (probably best to be indoor right?) in this infamous Leeum, Samsung museum of Art.

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You know, the mind-set that I have was European probably have the most art galleries of the world. So visiting one in Asia country was something exciting for me. I have been seeing the appearance of this sculpture many times on Instagram but taking a photo with your own camera seems like oh I have finally see it with my own eyes feeling. Frankly speaking, the modern art inside this gallery was somewhat pretty abstract, of course, even the definition of abstract can be quite vague in itself. Overall, I enjoyed that little strolled amongst the entire museum. And what I probably found most interesting was that some of its historical art are pretty similar to Chinese art.

IMG_5322Schloss Belvedere, Vienna
Prinz Eugen-Strasse 27, 1030 Wien, Austria

Get on the underground line U1 Sudtirolerplatz plus 15 minutes walking, would suggest using GPS for ease, Opening hours 10am to 6pm.

Finally saw The Kiss painting with my own eyes! I cannot emphasis this enough… Ever since I have studied Gustav Klimt’s work in my GSCE studies, I would not have one day think I will see this painting and I did! And what makes it really controversial was at that ancient period, people were more conserved on nudity art work or any work that portrait sexuality. And this piece of work, indeed, has become his famous piece. I wouldn’t say the piece was highly skilful like others of the same era, but something about this piece that would naturally draw people in.

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Beside Klimt’s work, I did enjoyed a lot of other, Austrian artists’ work, still find oil painting a different level of art when compare to other medium. They have an exhibition of Impression but unfortunately, its not as great as the exhibition that I have seen in Musee d’Orsay in Paris.

PAR 061Musèe d’Orsay, Paris
Rue de Lille 75343 Paris, France

You can reach this museum either via metro station Solférino or RER station Musée d’Orsay, then you will need a short walk to the actual museum. Opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00. Thursdays until 21.30. If you have a Paris card, you have fast track access.

Note, if you buy 24 or48 hours card and visited the places you want to visit within the first or two days, this makes your museum/gallery visit much cheaper!

This art museum is ranked 10th globally but i didn’t come here for its name. I came here for its collection of work. By far Musee d’Orsay has my favourite work of Impressionists of all time. The period of what that I admired a lot at the time of my art studies. I didn’t expect to see majority of them at the time of visiting this museum, until I have reached to the Impressionists Section, it was on the 3rd level if I recall correctly that I saw works of Monet, Manet, Dagas.. Etc. What’s draws me to love this period of work, its the fact how the output produces a soft capture of the subject rather than details, the colour, the stroke.. The overall atmosphere that these art work offers. You may not need to have studied art to love this type of work. Regardless, whether you have had an art background or not, I would still advise anyone to go and visit this exhibition. And see what you intepret from these type of work.

PAR 062Beside impressionist exhibtion, I saw a great selection of Van Gough’s work as well as admiring the interior of this gallery in itself which once was a train station turned into a gallery. Pretty amazing!

 

IMG_0695-2National Art Center, Tokyo
7 Chome-22-2 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo 106-8558, Japan. Open daily 10am to 5:30pm, closed on Tuesday.

You can reach to this art center by taking metro to Roppongi station. Following the internal direction and will lead you to the exit that’s closest to the art museum. Another short walk away, you will be happily arrived at this art museum.

This art museum doesn’t have any permanent exhibition but instead it offers periodical exhibitions of various work. While I was there, there was an anniversary art show (which I don’t understand the title in Japanese, of course). While on the other floor, there was Rene Magritte’s exhibition and this is what I went for in the end. Rene Magritte, not surprisingly was another artist that I have studied in A-level and funny enough, in one coursework of mine, I have adopted his style of work and turn my self portrait into his work alike. It was quite interesting (as any other exhibition) to finally see works that I am used to seen in exhibition catalogue but now with my own pair of eyes. I can even identified the pieces that I have used in my coursework. I never expected to see his exhibition and in Japan!

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In general, I love the interior and the building itself, look at the shape! The interior was really spacious, they have loads of arm chairs dotted around for visitors, as well as chairs by the windows. There were loads of lockers for visitor to use and lock their personal items which I find very considerate. I spent a few hours there and wished I could go to another art gallery/museum but Mori Museum was closed. Very enjoyed this art museum and its vibe.

 

Van Gough Museum, Amsterdam
Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

We access this museum via foot as it was close to our hotel, in fact if I recall correctly, this museum is near the sign of Amsterdam, you get to kill two sights within one journey! This art museum opens daily 9am to 6pm, closes at 10pm on Friday.

We did queued a little to get into this art museum, to be honest with you, I didn’t do much research while going Amsterdam for a long weekend so when my friends suggested to go Van Gough museum, I have no objections to see his masterpieces with my own pair of eyes. Which I certainly enjoyed seeing, reading up on how he started, his history and how he got into painting landscape and his study of flowers which lead to his famous piece Sunflowers. I didn’t really admire his style of work when I was doing my art studies but yet, when you get to understand more of his background and how his work forms, I begin to appreciate his work a lot more than I used to.

The museum itself are divided into a few sections and levels, pretty big for one artist I would say. The museum were full of tourists, not surprised weren’t we, I guess the local would have probably visited this museum already. Though, what more can you ask for on a sunny day in Amsterdam, visiting art museum, came out and chill at the nearby park with a can of Coke. I would dearly recommend you to visit this gallery, very rare that I would buy an art catalogue but I did for Van Gough and I have said to myself from now on, I will build an art book collection of the museum or exhibitions that I have visited.

Oh and don’t forgot Musee d’Orsay has some pieces of Van Gough’s work too, if you like this artist, make sure you visit it too!

 

Museu Picasso, Barcelona
Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

When I was there, I stayed at the Jaume I area where its nearest station is Jaume I, walk along the Carrer de la Princesa to reach it on your right hand side. Or like us, we did a little wander around the area before walking past it. This area has a lot of restaurants too, so its worth to plan your gallery visit along side with a meal after or before your art tour of Piccassso.

You know, I am not going to bored you, but Piccasso is again another artist that I have studied before, I guess when you have studied art for such a long period of time, it wouldn’t be a surprised with the amount of artists that I would have studied. Even when you visit art museum, you definitely would have take note of his work. Visiting to his museum has allow me to view his amazing pieces, transition from Classicism and Surrealism to Cublism. With the help of the audio guide, I have got to understand how his works were formed and what has influenced his transition from one type of work to another. I somehow lost a bit of my concentration with some of the sections within the gallery but nevertheless, I would recommend you to visit this gallery and understand his lifetime work and background.

Of course, Barcelona is not only home to Museu Picasso but nearby has Joan Miro, MACBA & MNAC etc. I need to go back and visit the contemporary art museum one day.

 

Royal Academy of Arts, London
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Quickest access is either via Station Green Park (Jubliee line) or Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly Circus), after a short walk from either station, you will reach to an building with loads of exhibition flag/banners display. There is it you have reach to RAA. One of my favourite art museum in London.

I didn’t know this art museum until when my A-level art tutor suggested to the whole class that we should visit its annual Summer Exhibition. When I did made that visit, I was overwhelmed by the wide range of art work that the exhibition has to offered and through that I have identified some RA artists like Allen Jones, David Hockney, Ken Howard etc. I would definitely recommend you to visit its Summer Exhibtion, if you are around in the Summer. With the price of one ticket, you get to see a vast quality of work from all categories. I remember I have fallen in love with Allen Jones’ painting when I first saw it there; the vibrant colour that he uses on his work; how neat this painting was.. Yet, with Ken Howard’s work, I love his landscape painting of London. How his brush stroke has created that blurred but yet enable you to know that scene.

I still remember the exhibition that RA has held for David Hockney – “A Bigger picture” (in 2012) was one of the best exhibitions I have seen in recent year and really glad that I have went to see it, even though I felt the ticket price was pretty steep.

And recently, there’s a really good quality exhibition called “Painting the Modern Garden : From Monet to Matisse”, yet again, I felt so happy to be able to visit this exhibition, to see the famous piece of Monet’s Water lilies. Can’t imagine which other art gallery be able to pull all these good works together to form a quality exhibition. The interior of the exhibtion hall have changed to fit different floral theme or type of work. It was brilliant!

Top 7 foods to make for Chinese New Year

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Radish Cake 蘿蔔糕

Happy Chinese New Year!

Our New year is like Western’s thanks giving day or Christmas day where we will make a big fat feast like you would for xmas. And when we do feast, not only would we prepare the main festival chinese meals, we would also prepare side snacks or foods that resemble some good luck.

The typical dish that I will make will be radish cake, its a cake that you shreds the radish, add in the fried diced chinese sausage, mushroom etc and then sift the rice flours in where you take it to steam, once done. You will then let it cool down to set before you slice out and pan fry it until golden; serve with some hoi sin sauce!

There’s actually a reason to make this savoury cake, not only its yummy full of goodies but it also has a meaning, radish (菜頭, chhài-thâu) is a homophone for “good fortune” (好彩頭, hó-chhái-thâu) in Hokkien and this is why people reckon if you ate this over CNY, you will gain good fortune for the coming year.


New Year Dumplings 油角

When I was young, I love eating this because all kids love deep fried snacks and this one makes it even tastier with ground peanuts, sugar and coconuts inside each little dumplings pastry. Though, the pastry tastes super flakey that melts in your mouth. Its really time consuming to make from roasting the peanuts to kneading and rolling the pastry. It takes a long amount of time to deep fry a dozen out. The more you make, the easier it will get and faster I would say. I personally would recommend you to deep fry it twice, not only it will be more crunchy but deep frying it second time will get the dumplings to release any extra oil that it first got absorbed, so worth doing this. Give this a try if you want to try a different dumplings to the hot dumplings that you eat in restaurants.

Water Chestnut Cake 馬蹄糕
This is classified as a sweet cake and you often get this in dim sum but we would also make this as a CNY foods. It have the meaning of “馬到功成、步步高陞”; homophone for “step to high rise and succeed in it”.  The ultimate tips that I would give you is to use either palm sugar or damerara sugar to make the syrup, this actually enhance the flavour of the cake, not as plain as using normal white caster.

Tang Yuan 湯圓
This often comes in a sweet form as well as savoury form, however, for CNY wise, you often see people making the sweet version of this in varies sweet fillings, ie red beans, black sesame, peanut filing etc. This dish symbolise the family togetherness and often eat on the CNY eve dinner when the entire family are sitting together for their final year end meal. I would suggest to make the sweet soup using slate sugar with loads of ginger. Yet, there are varies version, my next favourite is putting tangyuen in coconut sago or red bean soup.

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Coconut Milk Nian Gao  椰汁年糕
My favourite of the CNY dishes and yet it is the one that I first ever learnt to make for CNY. I have tune the original recipe to my own taste bud, so feel free to change the sugar level or reduce the coconut milk to suit your taste. Yet, You can reduce the recipe to one can coconut milk and up the ginger juice quantity to make it as a more traditional nian gao.
The little story of why this is called Nian gao and associated with CNY is that “the Chinese word 粘 (nián), meaning “sticky”, is identical in sound to 年, meaning “year”, and the word 糕 (gāo), meaning “cake” is identical in sound to 高, meaning “high or tall”. As such, eating nian gao has the symbolism of raising oneself taller in each coming year 年年高升” (Wikipedia).

Red Beans Nian Gao 紅豆椰汁年糕
I have once again adapted the original recipe turning it into red beans nian gao. This has been a bit of trial and error, referring to other existing recipe online and tuning it into my own. I was fearing that the water quantity got lower would cause it to be really thick and dry, but thank god it came out perfect. Indeed to be sure to use brown sugar but not overly too much, else you might get a sour taste from the sugar.

Both of which involves making the syrup,mix into the flour and steam for an hour. Once cooled, you can slice and pan fry to eat… and loads of variation to consume this gao, my favourite is pan fry with egg!!!! Yummy!

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Dumplings 餃子
Jiaozi, I’m sure everyone know the existent of this savoury dumplings, you would get all sorts of filing, yet this time round I have made it with radish, mince, chinese mushroom, dried shrimps and spring onion. Indeed, you can change the recipe to whatever meat you preferred etc. You wonder what does dumpling got to do with CNY? how do they look like? because the shape looks like golden ingots “yuan bao” and the name sounds like the word for the earliest paper money, so serving them is believed to bring prosperity.

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Happy Chinese New Year 2016!

I thought I would share a revised recipe that I have changed from an original coconut milk nian gao into red bean nian gao recipe. The product came out pretty decent, when I was worry about adjusting the water content due to the water in the red beans.. but it actually came out pretty well. thick enough to hold the beans in place and not like every beans sink into the bottom!

這個做法是將我很喜愛的椰汁年糕原食譜改過來的。。

紅豆椰汁年糕

糯米粉 600g
澄麵 150g
椰漿 400cc
片糖 400g **
紅糖 50g **
清水340cc *如果喜歡軟身一點,可以多加100cc水
蜜紅豆 500g

做法是片糖跟190水,一起煮至片糖都融化掉。放涼。
糯米粉和澄麵一起放﹐然後慢慢倒入椰漿﹐攪拌勻。
然後再分幾次加入放涼了的糖漿。慢慢攪拌,每次加入糖漿的時候,好好拌均再加。
如果想確保口感好一點的話,可在拌勻後﹐過濾兩次。
倒入已抹油的盤裡﹐拿去蒸約一個小時﹐即成。我是用外賣盒來蒸的。

蜜紅豆做法

蜜紅豆 250g
紅糖 100g
砂糖 200g

用水和豆一起煮至沸騰,關火,讓豆悶一下,約30分鐘。 再開火,煮軟。
到大慨可以軟的時候,可以加入糖,再煮至水分剛好和豆一個高度。
記得方涼後,水分會收的,變的稠稠。

後記
個人覺得,這個食譜糖份剛好,家裡的人不是很喜歡太甜的東西,你當然也可以看你自己喜歡的甜度再去加糖。記得加太多紅糖的話,年糕會很重味。

Street snacks that you must try in Seoul, South Korea

I have to be frank how Asia countries have more street snacks than European countries. While I was on a solo trip in South Korea a little while ago, I have come across the following that its definitely worth trying while you’re out there!

Every time I am on a trip I will try everything I can, thinking that there’s no chance to eat them back home. So be brave with your choices and eating the local foods is the first step to know the country better!

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BBQ chicken Skewer with Leek
Found this at the side road in Cheongdam-dong where there was loads of small boutique and foodie shops. I wasn’t hungry considering I have just had a Churro icecream, but I cannot help not to have one of these when I saw it. It wasn’t expensive and you get to choose spicy or not spicy in BBQ favour. It was funny how the stall owner  asks me straight away in Mandarin for “Spicy or not spicy?” as soon i show no signs of Korean speaking! The skewer was basically chicken and leek pieces, coated in bbq sauce and grill on fire. Yummy in freezing cold Seoul street.

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Ddukbokkie Tteokbokki
This is something that I have been wanting to do in Korea, is to stand in the street food stall eating ddukbokkie. As I was going towards the station from Insa-Dong, I cannot stop myself but to walk towards this food stall and pointing at the rice cake. You eat directly using the skewer and if its too spicy of you needed water, pour some broth from the ladle on the pot where it has fishcakes/intestine. Cheap and local snack foods that you must not missed! And this is now the local eat too, extra point for the experience.

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Mandu Mandu
While staying near Myeong-Dong, the shopping district of Seoul. At night, the main street of this shopping area get filled with loads of food stall carts. You can skip dinner and walk along stall by stall filling your belly with the local street foods. Don’t get alarm with the hygiene etc I have not had any problems! And mandu in Korea is such a signature food, like Cantonese wonton or Chinese jiaozi, similar items but this time it was pan fried served with cabbage salad over some chilly sauce! Wish I have got more belly space to eat another plate!

IMG_7964Coffee flavoured milk
I have seen this before my arrival to Seoul online but I never thought I will really go and give it a try, considering I would prefer proper coffee. Never say never. This reminds me of Japanese canned coffee alike, in fact, it taste pretty yummy. It was really milky and on the sweet side. If you don’t go and compare it with proper coffee, then this should not disappoint you! I like it myself just I prefer the banana milk drink a lot more! ha~~~~

IMG_8858Ppopgi (Traditional Korean toffee candy)
If you have watched Running Man you would have seen the cast showing some traditional toffee candy game, which is the same thing as you. They came in either flat disk form or like this one that I found in a Sunday market stall, in rose form. The stall owner even made the sweet into teddy bear etc. All for 1000 won only. I cannot help not to buy one! It feels like hard boil sweets…

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This is definitely cannot be missed while you’re in Seoul, I am not too sure why such simple sandwich is so addictive, I am trying to figure  out if the spread she used was sandwich spread… a bit of ham, egg, cheese, cabbage, gerkins etc voila, a perfecto sandwich! I waited one day for it to open before my bus to airport. Its a very famous sandwich stall which no tourist will missed so make sure this is on your list!

IMG_8283Binggrae’s Banana Flavored Milk & Grilled Squid
I knew about the banana milk before I fly off, I brought a bottle as soon as I landed just to see what it taste nice, pretty yummy and I have been repeating purchase everytime I see it in stall. While the grilled squid was indeed of a local delicacy, I found this in the Art Wall area. Its totally different to the Hong Kong dried squid. It was rather chewy and fresh squid taste.

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Similar to the japanese cake with red bean filling. This is identical, fish shaped pancake with red bean fillings. I just cannot miss buying this when I walk pass one of these stalls. however, this snack are located anywhere and everywhere.. easy to find and don’t need to trek your way out for it.

IMG_8859Bite-sized mayak gimbap from Gwangjang Market
I must have got into the Gwangjang Market at the wrong time when it was ultra packed. After having my mung bean pancake, I wanted to have this as well but cannot fit my belly at the time so I brought a take away and after some exercise of walking along the stream, I decided to sat down by the side and enjoy a bit of the stream view while eating this. Apparently, this gimbap is famous and to the fact that people jokes that it has drugs in them. *Laughs* One of the famous items in this market, make sure you don’t miss this!

IMG_8837Macaroon Ice cream, Insa-dong main street
Not having enough time to hunt for the macaroon ice cream on list. I randomly walked past this stand on Insa-dong. Although I think it’s a little expensive (maybe I was broke after all the masks I have brought!) but I still went for it. This is new to me, I have never had a macaroon ice cream before beside homemade choux puff with homemade ice cream! I can assure you the texture is different but indeed worth the money you have paid. The only downside of this is probably the ice cream was too hard to bite into in comparison to the crunchy macaroon!
Other must visits includes Antique in Hongdae, Macameron, A la papa Cafe in Ehwa Woman Uni.

Don’t forget to have a look at my Top ice-cream spots in Seoul 

IMG_8009Egg cake
As the name says it, I first saw this was on some korean drama where the female lead wanted egg cake and the male lead drove and got her some. It interests me at the time until I really tried it, It actually has an egg inside!!!! The cake texture its pretty light and when you have it with an egg in it, you might find it weird at first but when you chew it somehow the texture comes pretty matching. I really want to eat one right now in the cold British winter!

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Korean Strawberries
I know what you’re thinking here, Strawberries!? you are joking? Nope, I am not, recently Korean strawberries has become a hit for locals and tourists. I have seen some tourist purchase boxes of them back via hand carry luggage space!? My word of advice is, I do think Waitrose ones are nicer….

IMG_7973Bindaetteok pancakes from Gwangjang Market
As soon as I’ve entered the market, I was aiming for this pancake straight away, my research was telling me that there’s specific shop with a mama’s logo on, is the one you should go for! The queue was long and yet, you might get confuse with the location as there are many other mung beans pancake stalls too! I don’t remember how I have managed to order without knowing the language but the lady knew what i wanted. They give you free sides and unlimited water to drink. A kind next door neighbour gave me some local soft alcohol drinks. Appreciated.

I reckon this is only a small fraction of street snacks that is available to eat, the belly are way too small for the amount of foods that’s available in Seoul. And for western tourist whom are not really feel street foods are reliable, trust me, this is all good to consume and I have no belly issue.

Vernazza to Monterosso Hike, Italy

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I have had a very fulfilling 2015 with many travels opportunity solo or with friends. I have managed to ticked off my to do bucket list of travelling solo in Japan and South Korea. Yet, I can never have enough of group travel, be it being exploring in the UK or going away with my travel buddy to Cinque Terre.

This is one of the two hikes that I have hiked in Cinque Terre region. The first one that we decided to do was the route from Vernazza to Monterosso route. We quickly went hiking as soon as have dropped our baggage and got myself ready. Grabbed some water on the way to the start of the route, following our host’s advice we opt to start from the end of the town centre, walking up staircases between the green doors and off we go….!

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There wasn’t any signs once we have reached the top of the staircase, using our instinct, we opt to go for left hand side.. and luckily, our instinct was correct, we are at the back of these residential area and walking up the unpaved path towards the start of the hike…

be aware that when you want to go hiking, you will need to buy Cinque Terre hiking pass. There’s option for 1 to 5 days pass to suit your needs. You can either get this pass at the train station or from the start of the route where there will be someone checking if your pass is valid.

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The weather was absolutely amazing on my arrival day!

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I guess, you rather have the photo under expose than over exposed? which one is best?

After you have walked passed the forever long alike staircase, you will reach to a path with wooden fence. As a dare devil person (aka “don’t know how dangerous things are” person) I jumped off the fence and opt to have a photo taken closer to overseeing Vernazza town.

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Hey, there are  love locks everywhere! Can I find someone that’s wiling to hike around the world with me?

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Being able to see it real life than images on the google search, its pretty amazing!

It once again, make me realised how amazing this mother nature is!

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I didn’t find this hike difficult to hike  at all, even for an irregular hiker like myself. And what I really suggest hiker to do if you don’t hike often, its take it slow and breathe deep as you can. No point rushing the hike but run out of breathe where you will end up lightheaded.

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Have to share this scene in horizontal view. Amazing colour building forms this amazing town!

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And then we have reached another photo spot… but another devil in me told me to walk to the edge and have a photo. er…. I didn’t know I was so closed to the edge until I have had my photo taken. That was close…. scarier than the previous one!

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Every time when you reach to such photogenic scene, all the pains you have on this hike are totally worth it.

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We walk kind of mid way and there were some area to have a pit stop, where you begin to see some landscape of Monterosso.

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Not to mention that the hikes in Italy are differentiated by colour coding on the walk of the path. This hike are represented by red and white signs, like the photo above.

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As we reach to this area, we are going more down hill hike and guessing we are almost to the end of the time or maybe just a quarter of distance left until the end of the hike.

Yet, we have reached to an area that doesn’t look like is a path with no protective fence, yet again I won’t say its dangerous but rather be more careful when walking across it.

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And we have reach to downward staircases, met an American couple that told us to walk past them. However, we still decide to take it slowly… and walk down at a similar pace to them, slow!

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The hike near the end seem a bit dark and the path seems rough, but yet you wouldn’t feel unsafe hiking down hill.

Likewise, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. The end of the hike will lead you overlooking into the Monterosso beach; by then you can the walk down the stair case and jump into the beach. Be aware that this is not the main Monterosso outside the main station, this beach is further away to the main Monterosso beach.

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Look at how pretty Monterosoo town is! This is it, the hike is complete. What an amazing journey that I have had over the last 1.5 to 2 hours. We didn’t keep track of time while hiking but I know we have spent quite sometime on the hike.. what’s the rush? Enjoy every single moment on the trail while you can right? You never know when you will return to this piece of mother nature in the future.

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Hike Information
Vernazza to Monterosso
Duration is approximately 1 hour 30 mins
Trail mark: red and white stripe
Start of the trail: From end of the Vernazza town next to a pizza shop, between the two green doors. Walk up, once you have reach to the end, turn left and follow on the path.