Crazy Travel Stories #6: That One Time I Stayed with a Creep in Marseille…

As I’ve written in previous posts, I’ve done my fair share of Couchsurfing with plenty of hosts from all over Europe. While most of them have been fine, I’ve had a few interesting, even weird experiences, with a few of them. I’ve told you about one of my bizarre stays in Toulouse, and in this post, I’ll recap another strange time with another host, this time in Marseille.

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Destination: Pisa, Italy

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Close-up of the Leaning Tower (May 2016).

After four nights in the Ligurian region of Italy in May 2016, it was time for me to head back to France. While I had a fantastic time hiking the gorgeous Cinque Terre and exploring the surrounding cities in the region (including Portofino), I knew that I had to return to France, as I had to catch my flight a couple of days later in Paris back to Los Angeles for the summer. Continue reading “Destination: Pisa, Italy”

Destination: Santa Margherita Ligure & Portofino, Italy

Portofino (May 2016).

Between hikes to the villages of the Cinque Terre in May 2016, the assistante and I also did a day hike to two other towns outside of the Cinque Terre. Since we had more days than needed for just the five villages, we chose to explore a bit more of Liguria while we could. That said, we set out the day after our Vernazza-Monterosso hike for another long hike, all the same gorgeous (as usual). Continue reading “Destination: Santa Margherita Ligure & Portofino, Italy”

Destination: Cinque Terre, Italy (Part 3)

Riomaggiore (May 2016). 

Having visited three of the northernmost villages of the Cinque Terre, I hiked to the southern ones on my final full day in Italy in 2016. I would be checking out the villages of Manarola and Riomaggiore, which I believe are the iconic ones that appear on Google Images. Any case, it would be the most-challenging hike compared with the previous one from Vernazza to Monterosso, but all the more rewarding.

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Destination: Cinque Terre, Italy (Part 2)


Vernazza from above (May 2016).

I spent the following morning after my first night in Corniglia in 2016 hiking to the other villages in the region. The way I’d planned it out, I would hike two of the villages one day, and the other two another day, so that I wouldn’t strain myself. That said, I started my first full day by hiking the northern villages– Monterosso al Mare and Vernazza– with the assistante whom I’d been in contact with prior. Continue reading “Destination: Cinque Terre, Italy (Part 2)”