During our trip to the American Southwest, my friend and I had made an itinerary, but we hadn't made reservations for our campgrounds as we wanted the liberty to stop for the night if we were tired or to drive as long as we wanted if we were feeling up to it.
One afternoon, we left Arches National park and made our way to Page, Arizona, knowing full well that we wouldn't make it there before the night fell. The villages and small towns in that part of Utah are really tiny and pretty scattered so when the sun started setting, and we saw a sign for a campground in Bluff, Utah, we decided to stop for the night.
In the last few kilometers, we could see the sun setting on our right, the colourful sky turning pinker all around us, and to our left, the full moon. It was so beautiful! I kept trying to take pictures and videos, but none of it made it justice.
When we arrived at the campground, the sunset was almost all the way down behind the mountains and there was only one other family there.
We checked in and barely had time to build a fire before it was completely dark out. We had dinner by the fire and suddenly we heard "Tabarnak". That word doesn't lie, there were other people from Quebec! What were the odds that the only other family in the campground, all the way in tiny Bluff, Utah, would also be French Canadian?!
It was such a simple, quiet camping night, but I don't think I will ever forget the beauty of that sunset, the randomness of making it to Bluff at the only campground for miles around, and the chance of meeting other Quebecois in this far away town.
For more information on our road trip through the American Southwest, click here.
On the day that I was arriving in Cinque Terre, I had a pretty late train from Florence. I left my hostel pretty early to go explore. I had an appointment at 1 PM to go up to the roof of the Duomo so I went up the 398 steps up the Campanile (the Bell Tower), then up the 463 steps to the top of the Duomo. I then ran all the way back to my hostel to get my backpack, and all the way in the opposite direction to the train station for my train at 3 PM. I took the train to Pisa, then another to La Spezia and then got on the Cinque Terre train to Riomaggiore. I got lost on the way to my AirBnb and ran up and down the steps and streets of Riomaggiore, then up the three sets of stairs to my room. Let's just say I was completely exhausted when I got there, but the sun was about to set and I wasn't about to miss it! So I ran back down to the marina and made it just in time! My first Cinque Terre sunset, but definitely not the last as I made a point to see all of them during my four-day stay.
The next day, I took the train to visit the other villages, but made sure to come back to Riomaggiore in time to get pizza and walk back to the marina and find a nice spot to eat dinner with a view.
The 3rd day I spent at the beach, soaking in the sunshine and didn't go back to town until dark, just to make sure I wouldn't miss the view.
Honestly, I would never tire of those sunsets even if I saw one every night for years! It's just so pretty and peaceful!
If you ever visit Italy, Cinque Terre is a must and be sure to never miss one of these magical sunsets while you are there! For more information on Cinque Terre, click here.