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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 tho 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 dosed 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 to 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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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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