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Travel Blogs from Genoa
... cargo vessels. We also passed the Costa Concordia being slowly taken apart in a remote corner of the harbour. There are a large number of palaces and many grand architectural building, set on a host of hills around the city. In contrast there are numerous narrow alleyways between four storey buildings, which open onto small squares where there is usually a bar or cafe.
Nevertheless, we will be happy to move on to the lakes tomorrow.
We found ourselves in Genoa today. We did a hop on hop off double decker bus ride. We found out this is where Christopher Columbus is from and saw many monuments for him and his house!
Sophie saw something that she thought she might take up as a living: at a busy intersection on red lights a guy came out and did an amazing juggling act with battons then ran up to all the cars with a hat for €! Would be ok if she could juggle!?!
I noticed a ...
After breakfast we walked across to the main station & bought day tickets for the metro & buses before taking the metro one stop & visiting the quite extraordinary cathedral. Although the exterior is fairly conventional, apart from the use of black & white stone in its construction which has a liquorice allsort effect its interior is stunning. The main nave is full of Romanesque arches again done in black & ...
... like a Christmas loaf in meat form. We thanked the butcher for attempting to explain what it was and vowed to return for some the next day. Unfortunately, the next day was Sunday and the shop--along with just about everything else--was closed, but not to worry: we got our happy ending...! More on that later. We moseyed our way through the narrow old streets and alleys of the city, even stumbling upon Via Angeli, where apparently angels have been replaced ...
... building, although worn and torn are so impressive in size your jaw drops frequently.
The city is built on two distinct levels and to get to the upper part you catch an amazing fanicular, a construction masterpiece in itself.
If you visit, put aside your first impressions, and give it time to show it grandeur.
We bought pizza tonight, freshly made but terribly disappointed, not a patch on home, but must say the red wine made it taste better.