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Dec 19, 2020 - End of the cruise

Today is the last cruise day! Tomorrow, early morning, we will be back in Genoa and will return home. But we still have a day at sea to enjoy. After breakfast we visited the upper decks, where people sun bath and swim. There is also a sort of water park with slides and drops… I would have enjoyed a walk on the Himalayan bridge but it was closed (fortunately, Laura says). We took a few pictures of our deck; each deck has the name of a famous painter and replicas of his works decorate the aisles … but these paintings have a Grandiosa twist....

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Dec 19, 2020 - Day at sea

Nobody called us, so even second COVID swab was ok. Time for a quick lunch, a nap and more ship exploration. My experience with the Formula 1 simulator has to be mentioned: I had difficulty to find the right position in the car, then the lady supervising the simulator approached me and explained that the right position was not to be seated, as I was trying to be, but I had to lay down almost completely. The lady told me that all buttons and switches were working, then assessed my driving ability and told me just to use the pedals to...

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Dec 13, 2020 - Embarkation

WE MADE IT ! We just succesfully boarded the MSC Grandiosa and we are now in our stateroom! What was looking like a dream until a few days ago is now reality. Not being superstitious we left home at 13.00 of Sunday 13th and the trip to Genoa was uneventful: actually Lombardia became ‘yellow’ (low risk) today, so all the movement restrictions and rules are now void and we were allowed to travel without control. Last obstacle to our cruise was the mandatory COVID test before boarding. To reduce the crowd, the boarding process was staggered....

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Oct 17, 2018 - Bike and Beach in San Remo, Italy

Today was a beautiful day. We decided to rent bikes and enjoy the bike/walking path along the sea. What a surprise the tunnel was. At least a mile long and well lighted. We rode about 12 kilometers altogether. Then we rented chairs on the beach to relax.

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Oct 16, 2018 - San Remo, Italy: Sightseeing in the Rain

Yesterday was a beautiful day. Today is rain. But we made good use of it sightseeing. We wisely had a taxi take us to the top of the hill where the ancient church of Santuario Madonna Della Costa is located with great views over the city and the Mediterranean.

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Jul 4, 2018 - Addio Italia

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep Sea, and music in its roar: I love not Man the less, but Nature more, From these our interviews, in which I steal From all I may be, or have been before, To mingle with the Universe, and feel What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.” ― George Gordon Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

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Jul 3, 2018 - The beautiful and the ugly: La Spezia to Manorola

A must do for all Cinque Terre visitors seems to be to purchase the Cinque Terre card or the train pass which allows you to move through the five Cinque Terre towns and La Spezia on the one ticket for 16 euros. Having gone for around four days without a museum visit (pant, pant, hyperventilate), I had researched the museums in both Genoa and La Spezia and decided to try some in La Spezia as it was on the Cinque terre pass route and the next stop from Riomaggiore. I wasn't holding out hopes for much as La Spezia isn't renowned as a museum...

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Jul 2, 2018 - Far from the madding crowd; Riomaggiore my way

'Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife, Their sober wishes never learn'd to stray; Along the cool sequester'd vale of life They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.' A phrase is adapted from the “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,” by Thomas Gray: madding means “frenzied.” The lines containing the phrase speak of the people buried in the churchyard: “Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife / Their sober wishes never learned to stray.” And in the late nineteenth century, the English author Thomas Hardy named one of his...

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Jul 1, 2018 - Cinque terror

I am starting to realise just how lucky I have been to have been able to enjoy Europe in perfect conditions before the swarms of holiday makers descend. I have hardly had to endure any cold weather at all and I have been able to wear summer clothing most of the time. There have been times when I have enjoyed roaming the streets of Lecco, alongside Lake Como or up in the mountains hiking, or even taking a chance on the various museums and wondered why the streets and rooms were empty. Lecco was often busy on weekends but nothing like I...

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Apr 22, 2018 - Where it all began! Columbus' birthplace, Genova, Italy

Our ship originally was scheduled to dock in Genoa (Genova) but it was changed to Savona. Undeterred, we decided to take a train from Savona to Genoa. The disembarkation process was very simple and we found an English-speaking information office right at the port. She gave us a map to the train station and with plenty of time to spare, we decided to carry our backpacks through the town. What a nice place! We stumbled upon a flea market along the main street and enjoyed checking out Savona's version of sell-able junk. After determining which...

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Oct 21, 2017 - Pesto! Pesto!

All travelling well. A long day travelling, but we have reach a professional class of train passengers., thinking that we know all the tricks. Well that was until we got off at our Milano Rogeredo connection to go south to Genova. Our reservation paper says, coach 2. Ok, there are no announcements or signs indicating where to get onto this train. We punt on half way. As the train pulls in, we watch the carriage numbers pass by, ok, a 100m sprint along the platform to get on the train. We are still moving down the platform, as the guard...

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Oct 20, 2017 - Trenitalia afficionados

We did not sleep well on our last night in Praiano. The power was interrupted several times, and came to life with a loud thump, also triggering the ping from the ipad recharging. We had an early start to the day. Our very caring host insisted we have a croissant and coffee before we leave. So that we did. Of course, loading our bags into the school bus, standing in the middle of the road to load them,was a little easier at just after 7am, as the traffic had not really started. Sita buses run very punctually. No doubt, if there was an...

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