Sometimes I think the internet is a double-edged sword and blogs and social media have a lot to answer for expectation vs. reality.
I thought Cinque Terre was absolutely beautiful and I would never have heard about it if it wasn't for the internet. I'd seen lots of blogs and instagram pictures of the pretty, coloured houses, but despite it seeming like a really popular destination online, none of my 'real life' friends or colleagues had heard of it before!
The houses have that soft wash of pastel colour you often see in the Mediterranean, but it wasn't what I was expecting. If you search 'cinque terre' on Google Images, you're presented with hundred of images of high contrast, incredible bright colours, with very few of them reflecting the true hues of the towns. Even in my picture above, I upped the saturation a little bit. It's not to say I was disappointed by our experience - far from it - but I would imagine if you are travelling from further afield than Europe with one thing in mind, the reality can be a little disappointing.
I also think that I had an expectation of myself that, presented with such beautiful scenery, I would turn out amazing, blog-worthy photos even just equipped with a little point and shoot camera. In reality, my pictures aren't the greater, but I hope my photos from yesterday show a realistic portrayal of our trip - what it really looked like, rather than an instagram snapshot that will get liked 25 times and then forgotten about.
I'm not sure what I was aiming for with this post, but I feel like going forward, I want to discover beautiful places for myself instead of turning to the internet or blogs to create 'bucket lists' of amazing looking places that just become something to check off a list. Here's to adventuring further afield and looking beyond the instagram-able!