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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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Dinaro trip

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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Dinaro trip

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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Sep 10, 2017 - Back to the beginning

I took a job that interrupted my Greek idyll with my friend of imminent patience. It was a job I had been in the running for just prior to my departure but lost out due to the whims of fate. Howsomever, when the call came to replace the incumbent, I was off on the soonest flight the following day. Bongoes, pillow and teabags packed, flight plan was Athens to Marseille and then onto Corsica. As we took off from Eleftherios Venizelos – the International Airport of Athens – it is always a bittersweet flight out of this incredible country,...

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May 21, 2016 - Genoa Nervi - meeting day

Day 3 Genoa Nervi After a better night's sleep and a hearty breakfast Ian and I spent the next couple of hours putting our bikes back together. So far it seems that both bikes got here without any significant issues. A test ride later in the day confirmed my initial impressions. By the time we had assembled the bikes, tidied the room and taken our bike bags down to the garage the time was close to noon so we decided to take a walk down to the 'beach' with our smuggled breakfast rolls and have our lunch while watching the waves. Passing...

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May 20, 2016 - Milan to Genoa Nervi

Day 2 Milan to Genoa Nervi As usual I had a disturbed night. I managed to sleep about 4 hours before waking at 1:30 after which I dozed on and off until 7:00am. Ian and I dressed and partly packed before heading down to breakfast at 7:30. The breakfast was not too bad but, because we had arrived just after the 7:0oam rush, there was a shortage of bread and cups. Eventually this was remedied but I was starting to suffer withdrawal symptoms before my tea arrived. As we had till 12:10 before our train journey we decided to head into the town...

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Apr 17, 2016 - Heading south and south and then further south…………..

We have spent the last week travelling at a relatively leisurely pace through France, the largest country in Europe, some nights staying just one night and others 2-3 nights. We drove from winter to summer in 2 days. Highlight of the week has been another 3 wonderful days at Camping le Pastory in the village of Bedoin at the foot of Mont Ventoux. There we reunited with the great campsite owners Jean-Baptiste and Ann. Sorry to leave, but only until the next time, or until the very tasty Mont Ventoux wine runs out………. We managed to fit in a...

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La Dolce Vita

Sep 7, 2015 - Refugees, traveling in the wrong direction

September 7-8, 2015 Captain logbook, day 5, day 1 @ sea After we checked out at Villa Angelina @ 10:20, we drove along the Lago Maggiore to Verbania to join the Autostrada E26 towards Genova. First we had to refuel the car. I discovered that my gas tank had become bigger, not too much but anyway, instead of 64,3 L, it had a capacity of 65,7 L, huh, WTF?! The first obvious sign that we'd entered Southern Europe!!! And then.....We discovered, we didn't surrender the key of the room at Villa Angelina, so we had to make a vuelta and drove back...

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CLOET Industries™

Jun 19, 2015 - Day 25 Genoa day trip from Milan

Day 25 Genoa Friday 19 June 2015 Big day folks! Big day! Cerys and decided to check out Genoa on the south coast of Italy. We knew it was a port city, popular with cruise liners....but that was about it. So have rental car, will travel! Cerys and I plugged Genoa into the find it for us thing in the car, and voila! Follow the arrows! The drive was fairly quick....Genoa is 150kms away and the autostrasse has a 130km limit....but the problem with the road is that you can't see what you are driving past! The guard rails all sit at eye...

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Jan 22, 2015 - Apologies

Sorry I had wallet stolen losing credit cards, Driver's License, etcx. but not passport. I had 1 euro 20 cents here in Italy. Thankfully for my gracious airbnb host(wouldn't get this at a hotel) and gracious older brother. My airbnb host took me to his Mom's for a real home cooked several course Italian Dinner. He also served me a couple more meals and loaned me whatever money I needed. Until my brother immediately got me $600 through Western Union. MBNA and United Mileage Plus Explorer express mailed me new cards in two days! MBNA sent...

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