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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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Norm Living in Italy

Jan 13, 2015 - Genoa

This morning was a bit of a waste & very frustrating. We went into the old part of the city by bus. Fortunately there was a bus stop on the road next to our site & the bus took us right down to the old port area. A €1.5 ticket allows you ninety minutes of time on any of the buses, our journey in only took about thirty minutes so we were OK. Our objective then was to find a wifi connection so that we could download some geocaches & explore the old city as we located the caches. We soon found a sign pointing towards a McDs but it wasn't so...

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Jan 12, 2015 - On Into Italy

Up & away early for the last few miles to the Italian border. Heavy traffic meant slow progress getting through the outskirts of Nice & on past Monte Carlo on the mountain roads. I would have liked to have roared through the tunnel in Monte Carlo like the boy racers yesterday but getting down into Monte Carlo looked to be a challenge in a motorhome like ours so discretion won the day. Maybe if Viv hadn't been sitting beside me clutching the arm rests every time we went round a tight bend overlooking a sheer drop or made our way slowly...

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Jan 9, 2015 - Jesuis Charlie

Yes, I am in Nice, France and the news is full of Charlie Hebdo. There will be some rallies here today & tonight. In Nice. All over France. Headed now to the Old Town of Nice and Monaco tomorrow. Sorry. My 2nd luggage(backpack) is detained in Genoa...hopefully. Hence, still no cables to download photos. ciao.

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Norm Living in Italy

Jan 7, 2015 - I am Italiano!

Well, a stranger in a strange land. Delays/rescheduling, but still made it to Genoa on time. Genoa has to be the best kept secret of Italy. With Americanos, anyway. Coined "The Mistress of the Sea". Italy's largest/busiest seaport. Genoa is called La Superba (The Proud). My young Landlord sure is proud of his city and loves it. The large historic district has an ecletic wealth of Palazzos, churches, palaces, museums, & gallaries. This area is a maze or labrynith of streets & alleys. They twist & turn and everchange levels. One cannot plan a...

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Norm Living in Italy

Jan 7, 2015 - Vespas, Vespas, & more Vespas

Just like being in Sturgis during the Rally. Gotta watch for them as they come quick. And all cars are small. Some smaller than small. Lotta smokers. Young,old,men,women. Fashion dressers. Young, old, men, women. Women look past me. No eye contact. Hmmm. I ate the best pizza I've ever had in my life tonight. 1/2 block from my flat! Just a local joint ran by the neighborhood mafia. Groups of men are common socializing in mornings/evenings. Yesterday was really warm and still people in warm coats. I was gonna wear shorts & t-shirts, but...

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Norm Living in Italy

Oct 3, 2014 - Genoa

October 3rd: We arrived at Genoe at asbout 8am this morning, Beautiful picturesque city of 600,000 inhabitants and birthplace of Chritopher Columbus. We rushed breakfast because our bus was leaving at 9:15 for Portofino. We arrived 45 minutes later at Santa Margarita di Luguri and from there we had to take a ferry boat to Portofino since no cars are allowed. We arrived at our desrtination 15 minutes later. Visited St-Georges Church, the oldest in Portofino. Quite a climb to walk in order to get there. This pitoresque little town caters to...

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May 16, 2014 - Genoa

Another 2 hour train ride, from Turin to Genoa. First views of Genoa were of Port area as taxi took me towards Port Antico district where La Superba B&B is situated. There is a big cruise ship in port-massive. Genoa is the main Mediterranean Sea port for Italy, and was once a major Naval Base. Very busy but picturesque. Met by Giovani, the owner of La Superba, upon arrival. Very friendly and helpful-lots of advice on what and what not to do and see whilst in the city. The Room is on 7th floor of building, commanding great views across the...

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May 13, 2014 - Santa Margherita

Our departure for Genoa works to plan. Staying at the Kunesias and using Claudio as our shuttle system was a good move - can't say our accommodation had much glamour but was comfortable and it served the purpose. Volotea operated as smoothly as we were hoping and timings have been exact. The flight was comfortable and cabin staff were very good. Travel time 1 hr 15 min On arrival in Genoa, we took the 0900hrs airport bus to Bigenole station (6€ ea) to catch the 1013 hr Regional Train to Santa Margherita (€3.40 ea). The trip through the city...

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Apr 28, 2014 - Genoa

Our detour to Genoa turned out to be a very nice day despite some rain. There was a shuttle provided to take us into the town center. We walked around the maze of small streets looking at the wonderful old buildings, many of which are UNESCO designated, for a few hours. There was a very old elevator we took up to a view point where you could walk around and then come back down a different elevator to another part of the town. The museums are closed on Mondays so we couldn’t visit them even if we wanted to. We went into the Cathedral and...

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AsiaEuropeCruise

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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