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May 9, 2009 - Italian Riviera

ITALIAN RIVIERA (Travel Tips are bolded) Chaos ensued immediately upon entering Italy! We were looking forward to seeing the gardens at Villa Hanbury in Ventimiglia, “one of the most impressive botanical gardens in Italy”. Upon entering Ventimiglia, just across the border from France, we were directed to a detour unlike anything we have ever experienced. The detour took us through the most derelict of “streets”, if you can call them that, so narrow we at times had to pull in our mirrors, with turns every 20 yards. If anyone was behind us...

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Aug 17, 2008 - Paradise Along the Coast of the Italian Riviera

Paradise. We moved to our next city in Italy - Camogli. I'm sitting in one of our two balconies and staring into our view. I'll describe it, but without doing justice. We sit in a horseshoe with the villa sitting at the bottom. On the left, right and behind us are lush green mountains. We stare out into these mountains on the side of us and the beautiful town of Camogli which is located on the bottom of the mountain. Beyond the town is the majestic aqua blue Mediterranean Sea. In the morning we eat our cereal and drink our tea and get lost...

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Jun 20, 2008 - Excursion to Genoa (Genova)

Today we made a day trip to Genoa. Can't quite figure out why it's called Genoa in English and Genova in Italian - could English people not pronounce the V? Spent a chunk of the day in Genoa's central market where we had just about every kind of fresh food imaginable. Afterwards, we sauntered along the harbour in extreme heat, and came along an international festival where for the first time, we saw a whole bunch of non-ethnic Italians and it seemed a bit like a Canadian festival. Then hopped the train back to Monterosso for dinner.

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Return to Italia

Apr 25, 2008 - I made it finally

I went from Honolulu to Pheonix to Philly to Milan, Italy to Genoa (Genova), Italy at last. What time is it? Well in my home town it's exactly 12 hours difference. It is absolutely beautiful but i haven't stopped shivering. ~BURRRR! They tell me it's nice weather which it is just a bit cooler than i am use to. My hosts with the most are charming and friendly. Last night for dinner we had authentic spaghetti with salami and crazy cheese with pressed grapes. Yummy!!! First night not so much sleep. My body is a little confused. More to come...

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Paige's Travels

Aug 3, 2007 - Monte Carlo to Genova (Genoa), Italy

We grudgingly got up this morning since we had to leave the beauty and ambience of Monte Carlo behind. We made our way to the train station by bus and caught the 10:21 train to Genoa. The train was quite full and when we found our compartment, we saw that we had to share with three other people...coincidently, a family from Canada!!!! We quickly struck up a conversation and chatted with them for three hours all the way to Genoa when we got off....they were continuing on to Milan. It made out train ride very enjoyable. Upon our arrival in...

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Jun 8, 2007 - Genoa

Overnight train from Salzburg. Excellent train service and we were woken wıth a cup of coffee and roll at 5 am, 40 minutes before our train pulled in. Genoa is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus - his house is still standing and is built right next to the ancient city gate. Tried to order lunch but could not understand the menu. The waitress did not speak English but brought over another customer who helped us select. Started talking to him - it was Dicko's dad who lives ın Genoa. He was quite a character. Our main reason for coming...

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May 4, 2007 - Genova , Italy

A nice train ride with Dora, a Hungarian girl, for company. She was here for 2 weeks mainly walking around the coast. She had the smallest luggage I have come across. She had 1 handbag size bag and that is all. Now that is my aim. I learned about Hungary on that train journey and we both thought that the countryside looked like home. Arriving in Genova we had a couple of hours to kill before the hostel opened after siesta time so we had a wander around the narrow streets and had a bit of lunch - paninis. Ours are much better. These ones had...

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Karen's Travels 2007

Mar 30, 2007 - Train from Venice across Italy from east to west to Genoa.

Deb: An uneventful day taking the train from Venice across Italy from east to west to Genoa. Genoa first appears as a dirty rough town but as you walk around you find amazing buildings and an artistic, alternative crowd much like Brunswick or St Kilda. The architecture is very different from any other city we have been to. We stayed in a nice friendly hotel on the 3rd floor of an older office building, We managed to post the ski boots and snow gear after much deliberation at the post office, only on guy spoke limited English, we found some...

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Oct 19, 2006 - The Tour Moves On

Prior to ESCAPING Rome I did manage to visit the Pantheon and the Vatican with all of my money intact. (no photos posted) Moved the tour to Genoa, Italy on October 15th. Since arrinving in Genoa internet service has been very spotty thus no updates since October 13th. On the 17th we again made a side trip, this time to Naples, Italy to rescue Nancy. She had arranged for ground transporation to take her from Naples to Portofino (near Genoa) but decided the seven hour trip was not to her liking and we therefore flew to Naples and brought her...

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Sep 16, 2006 - Portofino

During the last week or so we had been in contact with Ros's cousin, Owen, in Bern, Switzerland trying to work out the best time to visit. Every time we had tried in the past it had failed & this time we planned to go in a week but found out they wouldn't be there. Our only option was to go the coming weekend, which meant cutting short Italy & a long drive straight to Bern from La Spezia. After very short notice to Owen it was all arranged for us to arrive on Saturday morning. However, the only problem was... we mixed up our days! We...

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Jul 23, 2006 - Portofino

After breakfast we head down to the ferry terminal for the shuttle to Portofino. Portofino is only around 5 klms around the point from where we are staying so it takes only 15 mins to get there. On the way we see the most magnificent yachts and cruisers moored around the bay - one even had a full-size helicopter sitting on the top deck!! Portofino is a lovely little village - all the usual exclusive designer shops (Armani, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana) however it doesn't appear as showy or pretentious as Capri was. We end up staying here about an...

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Jul 22, 2006 - Santa Margherita Ligure

We left Rome by train at around 7.30 this morning to travel north up to the Italian Riveriera. Arrived just after 1:00pm into an absolutely beautiful location. As soon as we got out off the train we were looking down onto a bay full of boats and umbrellas packed onto beaches with villas crammed onto the hillsides all around us. After checking into our hotel, we changed into our beach gear and headed down to the waterfront. We decided to go to one of the private beaches where you have to pay as I keen to get an umbrella for a bit of shade....

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