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  • Day14


    August 31 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Heute morgen, nachdem ich Alke zum Flughafen gebracht hatte, ging es in Bergamo noch mal zum Fort oberhalb der Altstadt. Hier war noch ein Virtual zu erledigen. Dann auf die Piste nach Genua. Der Verkehr hier ist chaotisch! Ich habe einen Parkplatz nahe des Bahnhofs in einer Sackgasse gefunden, OK für eine Nacht. Die Stadt ist am Hang gebaut, sehr enge Gassen führen zu Plätzen wie der Piazza de Ferrari mit einem berühmten Brunnen. Ein kleiner Rundgang durch die Altstadt und anschließend noch zum Hafen, der mir sehr gut gefallen hat. Für den Strand war keine Zeit mehr, der ist 3 Kilometer außerhalb.

    Ein paar Döschen gab es auch, uff 22.800 Schritte heute.
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  • Day2

    Erster Tag an Bord Teil 2

    June 5 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Gegen 17:30 haben wir dann Genua verlassen und uns auf den Weg nach Malta gemacht wo wir dann übermorgen ankommen werden. Natürlich gab es am Abend wieder dein sehr gutes Abendessen sowie eine schöne kleine Show mit Musik und Artistik. Natürlich haben wir den Abend bei einem Cocktail und Live Musik bei uns in der Yachtclub Lounge ausklingen lassen.Read more

  • Day5

    Pesto, Porta Antiquo and Land Train

    July 28, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Genoa. Home of pesto and Focaccia. Trip on the Land Train and a swim in the piscina Porta Antiquo.
    They have spotted a massive cruise ship in the port that has water slides on the roof. Gaga needs to up his game.
    Oscar sits clutching his bag like a grandma, with the fan poking out.
    Genoa is known for its Pesto Genosa, so we went and found the best. €37 for the 4 of us plus a jar of pesto! They won the world championship pesto making competition! Best pesto ever!
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    Roger Wells

    Wow that looks a good spot for a town area. Those boys should have been born with flippers! Xx

    Felix and Oscar

    Are you following polar steps as well? Can you get it up on the computer for dad to follow?

    Roger Wells

    Not following on polar steps but will try again for dad. Tell Oscar I let dad know that he needs to upgrade on the cruises - three pools just isn’t good enough!xx

    Felix and Oscar

    Have emailed them to you

  • Day14

    Genoa mistake

    July 10, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Mum & Dad will join us in Genoa today for lunch. In an attempt to limit traipsing mum all over the city I tried to book a restaurant so we had a no hassle afternoon. Unfortunately, far on the very of silicon valley, in a very spoilt traveller. None of the is table booking services work, I spend the early hours tracking down a restaurant that's open for lunch and taking online bookings. Port side I discover, just like their Spanish cousins, Italy had banned Uber! No bother we can get a taxi from the port and the restautant will call us one for a return trip.

    Just five KMs from the port, the Travis drop is right on the edge of there old town, at the bottom of a hill. We climb the hill through what otherwise looks like an ancient slumb, at the top of the hill we find out restaurant, doors closed. No bother they don't open until12pm, we a little early. A few minutes later a girl opens up, she carries out a bench for Mum and the kids to sit on and hangs a sign on the wall, it's Italian, we ignore it and wait for our 12pm table.

    We're right in antica here, there is a Saint Agostino church around the corner, Gab and I go for a wander while we wait, should only be a few hundred metres from the main square, but we can't find a path there. These buildings arrived century's ago, barely feet apart at some points, three tiny lanes conspire to hem us in least we get lost.

    It's 12pm, we return to the restaurant to find the doors locked shut! In our absence the girls had locked the doors and left. I finally pay attention to the sign she hung on the wall, a more careful study reveals their opening hours, with lunch only advailableon Sunday this week. Back down the hill we discover just how much you need uber. We're marooned on a busy street in melting heat and no taxis. I bury my head in the phone trying to find out how island live without Uber. Just as we've all depleted ourselves of hydration Gab successfully convinces the local petrol station guy to order us some taxis.

    Sorry star Gab saves the day and gets us to Piaza di Ferrari and discovers the Schweikerts wandering in the same area! A rare opportunity for a family selfie then she continues her success with an awesome lunch spot under the arcades. Foccacia is amazing, we have a new staple out place, Foccacia topped with mozzarella and first onions, delicious I can't pass up a pesto pasta in Genoa.

    We stroll the shops, 20mins in H&M has me and Fid take off on our own. The kids and I have a stop Ina cafe while Gab shops a bit more then find a gelatto place on the square. Obsessed with the cigarello aromas in Pamplona, I buy a packet and enjoy an Amrena gelatto in the square. The gelatto barely lands on the table before the princess that dragged us around bloody H&M looking at generic global fashion for half an hour has had enough, she demands the bill and a taxi. I'm ready to rid myself of her.

    We return to the boat, a group photo with Italian Mickie almost without the Bux, then Rapunzel's birthday in Rapunzel's Royal table, nearly includes an Attica shock induced heart attack for Dad as he creeps up from behind to shock us.

    To O'Gills again for the France v Belgium semi-final, a thrilling end to the day.
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  • Day10

    Genoa, Italy

    July 19, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Yesterday we docked at Genoa, in Italy 🇮🇹.
    Sheila once again stayed on board ship, so Sue, Maz, and I went ashore and decided to get the open top bus tour of the city.
    Now at €15 each it was a reasonable price, but I'm afraid there's not a lot to see.
    Not like Rome with the Colosseum etc.
    But at about an hour or so it wasn't a bad ride, and there where some very typically Italian buildings to see, with very ornate brickwork and decorations.
    Problem was as with most Italian cities there was also a lot of graffiti, all be it very colourful graffiti, it still tends to spoil the general look of the city.
    But as I said for the price, it was not a bad bus ride.
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  • Day10

    Villa del Principe, Genoa, Italy

    July 19, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    After we got back to the port on the open top tour bus, Maz and Sue decided to go back to the ship.
    I wanted to have a mooch around the town, so I left them at the port and walked to the main road and crossed over.
    Within about two hundred yards from where the bus had stopped, I came across an open door, and inside I could see some marble or maybe alabaster busts.
    So I wandered in to have a look, just inside the door was a security guard, who informed me that I was welcome to have a look around the gardens, and better still it was free!
    I didn't even know that there where any gardens there.
    I'd only seen the entrance hall, from the street, so off I go for a walk around the gardens.
    Well what a lucky break this was, as the gardens and the villa were beautiful, and only two minutes walk from the port.
    The villa itself was also a museum, and for about €10 you could buy a day pass, which would get you in all the towns museums.
    But we were only in Port for a very short time, so it wasn't worth it to me, so I just wandered the gardens and a very small part of the house.
    The house was called Villa del Principe, and it was build in the 1500s by Prince Andrea Doria. Who apparently was the only Prince of Genoa.
    Anyway I spent a very pleasant hour or so wandering around the gardens, and if you are ever docked in Genoa and don't fancy the hustle and bustle of the city, this is a beautiful place to visit and right by the port.

    Web page below
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  • Day10

    Home of Columbus

    September 26, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We found the home of Christopher Columbus. A modest little house for someone with such great navigational skills. Do wonder how he would feel now seeing his discovery completed "Trumped"

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