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Oct 17, 2018 - Bike and Beach in San Remo, Italy

Today was a beautiful day. We decided to rent bikes and enjoy the bike/walking path along the sea. What a surprise the tunnel was. At least a mile long and well lighted. We rode about 12 kilometers altogether. Then we rented chairs on the beach to relax.

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Oct 16, 2018 - San Remo, Italy: Sightseeing in the Rain

Yesterday was a beautiful day. Today is rain. But we made good use of it sightseeing. We wisely had a taxi take us to the top of the hill where the ancient church of Santuario Madonna Della Costa is located with great views over the city and the Mediterranean.

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Jul 4, 2018 - Addio Italia

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep Sea, and music in its roar: I love not Man the less, but Nature more, From these our interviews, in which I steal From all I may be, or have been before, To mingle with the Universe, and feel What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.” ― George Gordon Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

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Jul 3, 2018 - The beautiful and the ugly: La Spezia to Manorola

A must do for all Cinque Terre visitors seems to be to purchase the Cinque Terre card or the train pass which allows you to move through the five Cinque Terre towns and La Spezia on the one ticket for 16 euros. Having gone for around four days without a museum visit (pant, pant, hyperventilate), I had researched the museums in both Genoa and La Spezia and decided to try some in La Spezia as it was on the Cinque terre pass route and the next stop from Riomaggiore. I wasn't holding out hopes for much as La Spezia isn't renowned as a museum...

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Jul 2, 2018 - Far from the madding crowd; Riomaggiore my way

'Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife, Their sober wishes never learn'd to stray; Along the cool sequester'd vale of life They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.' A phrase is adapted from the “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,” by Thomas Gray: madding means “frenzied.” The lines containing the phrase speak of the people buried in the churchyard: “Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife / Their sober wishes never learned to stray.” And in the late nineteenth century, the English author Thomas Hardy named one of his...

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Jul 1, 2018 - Cinque terror

I am starting to realise just how lucky I have been to have been able to enjoy Europe in perfect conditions before the swarms of holiday makers descend. I have hardly had to endure any cold weather at all and I have been able to wear summer clothing most of the time. There have been times when I have enjoyed roaming the streets of Lecco, alongside Lake Como or up in the mountains hiking, or even taking a chance on the various museums and wondered why the streets and rooms were empty. Lecco was often busy on weekends but nothing like I...

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Apr 22, 2018 - Where it all began! Columbus' birthplace, Genova, Italy

Our ship originally was scheduled to dock in Genoa (Genova) but it was changed to Savona. Undeterred, we decided to take a train from Savona to Genoa. The disembarkation process was very simple and we found an English-speaking information office right at the port. She gave us a map to the train station and with plenty of time to spare, we decided to carry our backpacks through the town. What a nice place! We stumbled upon a flea market along the main street and enjoyed checking out Savona's version of sell-able junk. After determining which...

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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 24, 2017 - Italy - Santa Margherita and Portofino

A change of direction for us on this Sunday morning as we headed north-west to Santa Margherita and Portofino. We arrived in Santa Margherita to a light drizzle so Raimund suggested that the weather would clear in an hour so we should spend that time exploring to town before reconvening and hiking to Portofino. Santa Margherita is a pretty little town of about 10,000 people. As the gateway to Portofino it is a busy place. Several Lotus 7 sports cars buzzed through town. Many road bicycles were either racing or training for one and the...

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Sep 23, 2017 - Italy - Volastra & Manarola

The agenda for the day was to take the train to Corniglia then hike to Volastra and Manarolo, where we had lunch and did some exploring. For the third day in row we made the trip to the station at Corniglia and up the road into the town. Here we found a different way out of town and continued a pretty steep climb to 361 meters/1,155 feet. Initially we were mainly in forested areas but when we got back above the sea the views became beautiful with the terraced vineyards, lemon groves and olive trees. It was just over 4 kilometers to Volastra...

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Sep 22, 2017 - Italy - Corniglia to Monterosso

Today was to be a free day and we had considered taking the train to Pisa to see the famous leaning tower. Because we had been unable to do the Corniglia to Vernazza portion of the trail yesterday we, along with fellow traveller, Bruce, decided to do it today plus finish off with the Vernazza to Monterosso portion if that portion of the trail is open. We duplicated our trip from the day before obtained our trail passes at the train station when we de-trained at the Corniglia station. As it turned out, there was no problem at the trailhead...

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