Torrente Fiumaretta

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  • Day7

    Monte Carlo, Monaco

    April 20, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Another day, another country...this time one of the world's smallest countries, Monaco and it's main region Monte Carlo. The only smaller country is The Vatican City, Monaco is well known for its Casino, Princess Grace, and of course the famous Formula 1 car race, but more about that later.

    We had a tour, rather temptingly titled "Jewels of Cote d'Azur" which was basically a bus ride along the French Riviera to Nice, visiting the small town of Eze along the way. Eze is a village perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Mediterranean. There are only about 50 inhabitants that live there which is quite understandable because you have to climb rather steepish hills to get there - cars can only go so far. We wandered around the narrow alleyways until we found a courtyard that had fantastic views. Brad was busy getting some photos when a well dressed gentleman came after us to advise us this was a private terrace - there was a sign on the gate (if they wanted it private they should have closed the gate). Didn't matter, Brad had already taken the photos.

    Then we headed to Nice, which is really just another city. Their beach is covered in large pebbles about the size of your palm, not really conducive to sunbathing but the water looked nice. Had a large flat area dotted with water jets that kids, adults and dogs were enjoying and I would not have minded having a go myself but we were off to lunch and I don't think a wet t-shirt was quite appropriate.

    After lunch it was back to Monte Carlo to check out some of the highlights such as the palace where Princess Grace/Prince Rainier lived and where Princess Caroline lives, the cathedral they were buried in, and nd the Monte Carlo Casino (ho humm....just another casino that costs €12 to just enter the gambling area although we were permitted to enter the main hall free of charge).

    Finally, to end the day we walked past of the Grand Prix circuit. The race is on next month and all the barricades and grandstands were being erected - crowds of people everywhere - absolute mayhem! Still, it was a good day even though we were very tired at the end.
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  • Day8

    Civitavecchia, Italy

    May 8, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

    Civitavecchia is the port for Rome, but as Rome is an hour or so away by train, I decided to have a stroll around Civitavecchia instead.
    It's actually a place I like to visit, with its vibrant market and its many bars and cafés.
    It may be a bit run down in places but that's the same in most of the places in Europe nowadays.
    Anyway I took the free shuttle bus to the port gates, which by the way drops you at a different gate from the one we used to get dropped off at, so you now have a 10 minute or so walk in to the main part of town, but it's not that bad.
    So I spent about an hour mooching around the market and the back streets, where I came across an interesting memorial to the people killed in the bombings during WWII. It is the end of a building which I'm guessing was bombed during the war, it has been left derelict and had silhouettes of bombs falling on people. To me it is an ingenious and quite moving memorial.
    I decided to walk back to the ship using the port gate we used to be dropped off at and there is an impressive old fort at the gate, but you cannot go inside which is a shame.
    There was a three masted sailing ship in the port which I decided to have a look at; and it turned out to be quite interesting. It was called the Cuauhtémoc, and it is a Mexican navy training ship.
    As I approached I could hear music coming from the ship, and could see the crew with their striped shirts on the deck, so I took a video of it all but only one photo! What a numpty!
    Anyway it all made for a lovely morning off the ship.
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  • Day106

    21.4. ewige Stadt auf 7 hügeln

    April 21, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    bei bestem wetter ein letztes highlight mit den berühmten hist. Stätten einschliesslich vatikan. dort heute stadtgeburtstag -
    2770 Jahre seit romolus und remus!
    rom - immer eine reise wert. nach land-, luft- nun seeanreise via civitavecchia.
    und nun henkersmahlzeit , statt weingläser - tränenbecher, statt servietten - schweisstücher.
    aber es gibt ja noch vieles auf der Welt zu sehen. und manche haben sich schon auf nächste touren verabredet. priska ziert sich noch.
    morgen dann per bus 14 stunden durch die verschneite schweiz heim ins reich - das waldulmer und uns gut bekannte busunernehmen hat bestimmt einen ausreichenden Vorrat an waldulmer spätburgunder an Bord.
    spät in der Nacht von Karlsruhe nach Hause, kurz entspannen, unter die dusche und dann beginnt schon das familienfest
    mit kirchgang etc.

    bis bald zuhause

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