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Genoa

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  • Day2

    Ciao Genoa

    December 6, 2017 in Italy

    Wir sind in Genua angekommen. :) Jetzt gleich geht es aufs Schiff!

  • Day333

    Day 334: South to Genoa

    January 14 in Italy

    On the move, again! Packed up in Turin and headed for the station, then hopped on our train to Genoa at 12pm. Should be a fairly easy run this one, just a direct train that takes about 2.5 hours.

    Or at least it was supposed to be! The first 90 minutes passed uneventfully, although the conductor tried to tell us something in Italian. Eventually the train pulled into Alessandria, a backwater city just over halfway between Turin and Genoa, and sat. And sat. And sat.

    Eventually everyone got off the train, and one person who spoke a bit of English told us the train was cancelled because of a strike! And we'd had such a good run up to the this point, only a couple of cancellations and delays.

    So we went inside the station but the two harried-looking people at the counter couldn't speak English, and judging from everyone's tone, there wasn't any info to find anyway. Nothing online about the strike either, naturally - though it was probably just in this area.

    There weren't any other options either, no buses and definitely too far for a taxi. So we just did what everyone else from our train had done - go inside the cafeteria and wait. Mainly because it was heated! So we waited and waited, for almost 2 hours in the end.

    Finally people started moving so we all got up and headed back over to the platform, where a train set off for Genoa again. I'm pretty sure it was actually the same train we had been on before, so who knows.

    Anyway, we finally made it to Genoa. It's an old port city, once the rival of Venice and still one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean. The medieval area is really atmospheric - no cars, packed in tiny, mazy streets and alleyways. There's also just a hint of danger in the air too, as prostitutes are a pretty common sight as well as people just "hanging around" - probably selling drugs. We'd been warned no to go down dark alleyways particularly at night, and though we figured it would mostly be safe I was a little on edge the whole time. It also looked a little grimmer than usual since it was Sunday and all the shops had their shutters closed.

    Found our apartment with no issues, on the eighth floor of an old palazzo but thankfully with a lift! Nice apartment, recently renovated though the bathroom is a bit odd. No shower curtain, it's just sort of in a cupboard and has a sloped ceiling coming towards you.

    We settled in for a bit then went wandering down to the waterfront. Lots of people out enjoying the late afternoon. Not quite as sunny as yesterday but only scattered clouds. Walked past the famous and surprisingly expensive aquarium, walked to the end of a couple of piers and back, then visited a famous deli/supermarket creatively titled Eataly. Stocked up on provisions for the next couple of days before heading home via a few streets we hadn't explored already.

    Lots to do tomorrow!
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  • Day334

    Day 335: Exploring Genoa

    January 15 in Italy

    Time to see what's up with Genoa's World Heritage site. It's known as the Strade Nuovo and the Palazzi dei Rolli, where during one of the city's rich and powerful eras, a bunch of enormous palazzos (mansions( were constructed on the edges of the medieval sea port area. They were added to a roll system (the rolli), where they would be used as lodgings and temporary homes for city guests. This could be anyone from a foreign businessman, a merchant, dignitary, diplomat, right up to an emperor or pope.

    So we set out for a wander! Most of the buildings are concentrated along a couple of streets, the via Garibaldi and the via Balbi. It was quite challenging to film since the streets were narrow and busy with traffic (this was largely outside the pedestrian-only area), but it was still quite interesting to see.

    Since it was Monday, quite a few of the main palaces were closed so we couldn't go inside, including the Palazzo Real (Royal Palace) which is supposed to be one of the nicest ones. Oh well.

    But we did manage to talk our way inside one of them which had decorations from the era still remaining, though these days it was used for some sort of government building. It was crazy to see a conference room decorated like Versailles, all baroque gilded mirrors and resplendent frescoes, but then decked out with office chairs and teleconferencing equipment! Quite a contrast!

    Headed back down into the old seaport area for lunch where we found a great little local place in a back alley. Did the typical Italian thing of a pasta plate followed by a main which were both excellent. I had ravioli in soup for my first course, though I've forgotten my second course, whoops.

    Walked around a bit more and did some exploring. Christopher Columbus was a native of Genoa and his "house" is still preserved on the edge of the old town. I put it in quote marks because there's not really any proof he was born or grew up in that particular house. It's just a really old house in the general area, maybe even the right street.

    A bit more wandering in the afternoon then headed home where we cooked pasta for dinner.
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  • Day14

    Genoa mistake

    July 10 in Italy

    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

    Janov: Teplota stoupá...

    August 2, 2017 in Italy

    Nejprve jsme mysleli, že si pobyt u moře o den prodloužíme, ale poté, co se v postelích nedalo spát, k snídani nebylo moc co k jídlu a navíc vedle nás bydlela uřvaná italská rodinka, rozhodli jsme se pokračovat dál podél pobřeží se zastávkou v Janově. Janov je hodně zvláštní přístavní město, které má i ve 35 stupních své kouzlo. V přístavu jsme si naprosto vyhladovělí dali dvě místní speciality - bezlepkové těstoviny s tomatovou omáčkou a hovězím masem a těstoviny s brambory a vyhlášeným pestem Genovese, které se připravuje z bazalky, piniových oříšků, parmazánu a česneku. Pesto bylo opravdu skvělé. Poté jsme se ponořili do tajů starého města. Prohlédli jsme si katedrálu, ve které je umístěná nevybuchlá bomba z roku 1941, úzké uličky starého města, hlavní náměstí a janovské impozantní paláce. 😎Read more

  • Day20

    Barcelona

    April 21 in Italy

    Vi havde desværre kun 5 timer, men det gik med bus ude fra skibet tre kvarter efter og tilbage en time før for vi skulle være ombord en halv time før afgang, så det var alt for kort tid. Vejret var dejligt, høj sol men vi fik kun nået at valse op og ned af Ramplaen, så det var alt for kort tid. Kl.13 sejlede vi så afsted mod Savona. Der ankom mer vi i morgen søndag kl.9

  • Day21

    Savona og Genova

    April 22 in Italy

    Så kom vi endelig til Savona, vi havde forskellige farver på vores kufferter så vi kunne først komme i land kl.10.30 og skulle forlade rummet kl.8 vi fik så mulighed for et godt morgenmad og lidt solskin, for det var det masser af. Vi vandrede så i land og gik lidt rundt som en flok høns, uden at vide hvor vi skulle gå hen. Vi slæbte jo på vores kuffert, så vi bestemte at tage en taxa til Genova som lå en 40-50 km. Væk, Savona var i gamle dage omkring 1600 tallet det gamle Genova, men den blev for lille og man flyttede så Genova, den har omkring 1 million indbyggere, en meget hyggelig by, men alle gader er frygtelig smalle og det er et under at der ikke sker flere ulykker. Vi var med en bus og det var godt. Nok tæt på mange gange. Vejret er skønt ingen vild og bare sol.Read more

  • Day23

    Genova

    April 24 in Italy

    Så er det vores sidste dag her i Genova. Sagde i schooter, med de smalle gader og ingen parkeringsplads kan jeg godt forstå at der bare er flere schootere en biler. I går var vi rundt og se en masse, der var et rigtig gammelt skib, sikkert fra Columbus tid og så var der Europas største akvarium med et utal af fisk og havdyr. Der var også nogle store både som var overmalet med Moby dick, Supermand og super women, og Batmand. Vi havde et skønt vejr og skulle nå en masse nu tiden var så kort. Vi tog også busser. Vi havde købt et 24timers kort så vi kunne køre når vi ville, ellers er deres busbilletter en 100minutters billet.Der var også noget med Euroflower som de reklamerede for og så var der hængt paraplyer op mange steder i stedet for blomster som ikke ville holde så længe. Til sidst orkede Peter ikke mere, så ham sendte jeg hjem og fortsatte selv rundt for at se. Da jeg kom tilbage fik vi noget aftensmad en sidste gang og så var dagen ved at være forbi. Nu her til morgen skal vi ned til dejlig morgenmad. Forøvrigt er vores værelse og bad en hel balsal og pæn i stand. Vi skal checke ud kl.12 og med bussen lige overfor kl. 12.38 til lufthavnen, så vi vil først være hjemme ved 22 tiden. Det har været en rigtig dejlig tur synes vi. Hej Hej.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Genoa, Genua, جنوة, Генуа, Genova, Gènova, Janov, Ĝenovo, Génova, جنوا, Gênes, Xénova - Genova, גנואה, जेनोआ, GOA, Genúa, ジェノヴァ, გენუა, 제노바, Zena, Genuja, Dženova, Генуя, Ђенова, Cenova, 热那亚

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