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Jan 4, 2014 - Birthplace of Christoper Columbus, Genoa

Overnight, we sailed on NNW and, 203 nautical miles later, we arrived in Genoa. It was dark and raining very heavy. We had been checking the weather forecast and knew we were in for some rain but didn't expect it to be coming down quite so heavy. We hadn't booked any shore excursions; our plan was to wait out the rain and get off the ship and make our way to the historical center. The rain never stopped, didn't even lighten up some, and, somehow, we just couldn't convince ourselves to get out and brave the elements. Genoa is renowned as...

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A Wedding & A Cruise

Jun 25, 2013 - Monaco and Genoa

We had an early start and headed South to the French Riviera. We stopped for fuel and decided to grab lunch there as it would be mid-afternoon my the time we would reach Monaco. As we drove along the motorway we eventually got our first glimpse of the Mediterranean Sea in the distance. Admittedly it has been 12 years since I was last in Monaco, but it seems to have double the traffic and tourists than I remembered. It is also steep. And narrow. And full of scooters. Driving a wide, manual gearbox Ferrari through the streets of Monaco was...

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Nov 16, 2012 - Beginning the "Heidi Tour"

We returned to Civiatechia, picked up our rental car, and headed north toward Switzerland. One aspect of our drive to Switzerland that I did not expect were the tunnels. We would end up going through more than 100 by the time we reached out Swiss destination ! Most were only about a few km, but one was 30km and one even had our exit in the middle of it! Another corkscrewed down (kinda like the exit at a parking garage!) We only spent the evening in Genoa, but we did take time to walk around the area of our hotel and eat at a little mom and...

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Oct 20, 2012 - Along the Autostrada past Genoa

Saturday October 20 (continued) We headed to the A1 Autostrada and drove towards Florence, then passed Prato, Pistoia, Montecatini, Lucca and Viareggio. Then we followed the A12 along the coast, which is a wonderful drive -- tunnel after tunnel along the edge of the coast, hugging the coast at times and then inland through hills and across valleys. Finally we bypassed Genoa and on to the France-Italy border. It is quite a remarkable road. It took us four and a half hours to cover the 440 kilometres and it cost 40.20 Euros in motorway tolls....

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Jun 14, 2012 - Scooter rental....shoot me now!

Breakfast, meet Monica and Luce....decide to stay another night to hike cinque terra with them on Friday...skip Pisa for now....apprehensive about scooter rental, mayhem on the streets re: scooters and cars, very busy city, Nervi- Anna girabaldi passage, sori, comiglio...bought wedding ring from local artist who makes jewelry from recycled materials, stopped in a few towns on way home, no biggy, bodassco referred by Fabiola ???cant figure this site out but told him it was fab, lunch on promenade ...shitty, returned scooter, headed back, app...

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Jun 12, 2012 - Genoa...

Woke up at 430am, as my ride from the Hotel Italia would be there at 515am to take me to the airport. The flight was uneventful....cagliari-roma-genoa! At the airport as i was looking at opptions to get to the city centro, a couple of guys asked me if i wanted to split a cab instead of waiting an hour on the shuttle. Absolutely and only 10. euro a person. They were very helpful on answering questions about the area and gave me some great suggestions on what to do. The cab dropped me off in front of Stazione Genova Brignole....the old city...

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Jun 10, 2012 - Day 10 Genoa

Day 10 Our Genoa and Arenzano We woke up early today at 6:30 and decided to head to Genoa, which is along the Mediterranean Sea. This drive from Laglio is about 2 hours. We had some breakfast at the apartment and then headed out about 9 am. The first part of the drive to Genoa was not interesting as the landscape was quite flat and we were travelling along at freeways. I call them freeways but they are by no means free and there is usually a toll somewhere long the route. Today the tolls were not as expensive as our travels from Lyon. As we...

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Dec 16, 2011 - Genoa

We returned to Genoa this morning. We arrived a couple hours late due to a storm. The night before was the only time that we had rough seas. When we got to the train station, the workers were on strike. We sat at the station for over 4 hours since we were told that the strike would be over some time that day. We needed to catch a train to Milan and then another to Basel, Switzerland yet that day. The last train that we could take out of Genoa to make the train reservation from Milan to Basel was at 2:19 PM. As of 1:15 PM there still were no...

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The Adairs in Europe

Dec 4, 2011 - Genoa

We got into Genoa late on December 3rd. Of course again we were overcharged for the taxi ride from the airport to the hotel. It was very interesting that if you speak Italian, you can get a 50% discount on taxis. The hotel was very nice for a European hotel. Of course the bathroom was very small. When you drop the roll of paper and lean down to pick it up, you will hit your head on the sink! However, I only did that once. Our two days in Genoa were very nice. We had some fabulous food and beautiful scenery. Although the food is excellent in...

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The Adairs in Europe

Sep 14, 2011 - La Spezia - sit around the pool day

Change of plans for today - decided that it is just too perfect here at the hotel not to sit around the pool and relax all day! Wonderful views from everywhere, perfect weather and everyone else seing the sights (which we'll do tomorrow) so we have the place to ourselves! Wish you were all here!

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Sep 29, 2009 - Musica and Fantasia

Musica What a wonderful experience we had on this cruise ship..we met some wonderful people, enjoyed the variety of food and liked that we had a room to escape to when need be. A great way to see many different cities and countries without the worry of travelling during the day and settling into accommodation of a night. Staff on the Musica were very charming and always wanting to please. The people we met made the trip oh so enjoyable.. Fantasia Although more glamourous and we were given an upgrade with a cabin with a balcony which was...

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Sep 27, 2009 - Genoa (Italy)

The final part of our trip. Another beautiful city with old and new mixed. We stayed in a wonderful 'olde worlde'hotel The Bristol and enjoyed the spacious room with its ornate ceilings, large sash windows and the warmth of the antiquity of it. Arrive very early in the morning so crashed for awhile and decided to take a stroll around looking somewhere to eat. Surprised to find nothing open! Returned to our room after admiring the alleys, the big city square surrounded by the theatre, museum and water fountain. Later in the afternoon we were...

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