Loving the Italian Riviera 😆 🌞 🏖
On our way from Beaune to Northern Italy we planned to try and drive over the Alps through a pass that had proved unpassable for us in 1993. This planned route was to take us across the Col d'Isere, and through the village of Val d'Isere. Val d'Isere was a major venue for the 1992 Winter Olympics. Much to our surprise, the road was closed. Bugger! So we drove south to the border town of Modane, still in France. Our accommodation there was operated by a couple of octogenarians and our room was in shoebox proportions. No worries there was a shower etc, oops, no there wasn't. Jill was able to have a bath but a second person having a bath was out of the question, no room! And to run the bath took some time and we had to be on our way.
Out of Modane quite early on Thursday morning and into a tunnel, 13kms long! We left France in rain, mistand cloud but on the other side the sun was out and the Alps looked a treat.
On to Genoa. Just 2 hours travel! Suffice to say Genoa is not an easy place to navigate around. We parked our car, at the Genoa Novatel where we are staying, just €14.80 per day to park the car! The rest of Thursday was on foot. It is now Saturday am, news, Collingwood has beaten the Cats, now I didn't pick that. And there's moore, we are in the resturant eating breakfast and lo! A dog is barking, want's more bacon I guess. Yes dogs are ok everywhere here. The first thing that struck us in Genoa was the Autostrada stuck over the historic waterfront area. See photos below.
Our first day involved lots of walking and getting oriented. We saw a couple of famous statues of famous Italians, Christopher Columbus and the great soldier and architect of the 19C unification of Italy, Garibaldi.
Genoa is an old, messy and cramped city with an abundance of beautiful old buildings. This was city of great wealth, especially relating to its seafaring and trading past. If you had money, and many did you built magnificient houses, sorry "Palazzos" - and it is these that are quite a focus for tourists. There is concentration of these great old buildings in Via Garibaldi, also a busker or two.
We also went on a small funicular railway to the hills behind Genoa. Fabulous views.
A couple more pics around central city area:-
In the next blog we'll go to the Cinque Terre and Portofino. Coastal scenery like you could never imagine.