Hotel Des Arts
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
- Free parking
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... and is now a museum. The story behind it (and all the Hotel-Dieus we’ve seen) is that in 1674 the French king objected to all the poor people on the streets and so had these magnificent hospitals and poorhouses built - and they are impressive!
The Abbey of St Victor was founded in the 5th century and, we were told, parts of the crypt date from that period. The Church itself has been through the ...
Our apartment is in the middle of the old part of the city. We are on the 4th floor of a small
walk-up apartment building. There are 86 steps up to our apartment and another 12 if we
want to take a shower. That will keep us in shape, the good news.
Parking is impossible and the price for a parking space is outrageous so I have been using
... at the top, with our own million dollar view. Walked back and went to the western side castle which is a Musee now. Great architecture & old and new marriage of stone, steel, and concrete quite spectacular. Then after beers, as it was 4pm, took the little train tour to areas we could no longer walk to. Sussed out the local restaurants for some options for dinner. Returned ...
Although our alarm went off at 8:30 am, we laid around awhile before we got up. We went into the Centre Ville and found a parking garage. I did NOT feel like driving around forever trying to find a parking space.
The Centre Ville is very busy, not unlike Paris really, just on a smaller scale. It's difficult to maneuver through the streets. I know some of the drivers got impatient with me because I drive too slowly for them. But I can't buzz through those tiny ...
... so I am not "on the books". I do hope to have a little drive at some stage however. Drove along the coast to reach Albenga for Sunday mass - the feast of Corpus Christi. The cathedral of st Michael the archangel was in the old town and we went to 10:30 "messe" after wandering around. We had to laugh as it started.... here we were in Italy, in an ancient church, which had the body of a saint on display, with such beautiful imagery and statues.... And ...