Arrived in Sestri Levante by train. My host Massi met me at Piazza Republica and we walked the short distance to the house. Very nice room with a little yard where he serves breakfast of focaccia, coffee, watermelon and juice in the morning. So far no other guest but me in this two bedroom apartment in a residential complex. I made dinner last night of fresh spaghetti, pesto, baguette, and a some vino of course. What I like about Sestri is that although it is on the Italian riviera, it is not very touristy. A small town and very local, but beautiful all the same. Massi directed me to a few places including the focacceria Luca where I bought a way too big piece of focaccia with potatoes, carmelized onions and cheese for lunch. The focaccia here is sold by the kilo. They sit in a window similar to a bakery and you show them which one you want. They are typically huge squares or, is in this instance, a long rectangle. Then the woman puts her knife to the focaccia to suggest how big a piece you want and you can either say smaller or bigger. I got a piece that was way too much and it was 6€. A piece half the size would have been plenty. I sat in the shady park and ate it and could taste with my tongue the olive oil on the bottom of the piece with every bite. I need that olive oil! The next day I took the train for 2.8€ to Santa Margherita Ligure and then the bus for 4€ from the stazione to Portofino. Yes, touristy but geesh just when you thought it couldn't get more beautiful! Massi told me about the red carpet walk between SML and P so I walked back to SML on the red carpet pathway, passing Passagio - wow. Beautiful clear blue water. I took so many pictures I couldn't decide which to post. It's been very hot here so I'm glad to have A/C in my room. I just come back in the late afternoon / early evening and relax, make dinner, drink some wine, and read.
Tomorrow on to Sori for two nights and then I will take a short train ride to Genova and from there a long bus ride to Marseille for two nights before going to Uzes to the home of my friends. The bus from Genova to Marseille takes about 5 hours but it's only 19€ as opposed to 60€ on the train and the train takes as long or longer. Since I'm on a budget, the bus it is. Plus, really, you see more on the bus. Later.