Beautiful coastline, foccacio and the Gypsy Kings

Trip Start Jan 07, 2006
Trip End Jun 2006

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Monday, May 15, 2006

I'm at an internet cafe in Genoa, Italy right now with my sister Freda, who I met up with a week ago here in Bella Italia.

We've been having a fantastic time in this area, the Ligurian Coast, east of Genoa. We started off in the Cinque Terre, a cluster of towns along the coastline with trails adjoining them. A very beautiful place... but unfortunately we heard more English than Italian there, tons of Canadian and American tourists! And our hostel was the "house o' rules" with lockout during the day. But I did bump into Sam, a fellow OT from Lions Gate, which was pretty cool!

We moved on to stay in Rapallo, a small resorty town on the water. It's a great place, good size, not too touristy and resorty and we are staying at a great pension with a restaurant serving great local food.

The food in the country.... oh my... fantastic foccacia and pizza everywhere, refreshing gelatto, amazing pesto.

Luckily we've been walking A LOT... the other day we calculated that we had walked 24 kilometres in ONE day. Yes, over a half-marathon! We also happened to see a free Gypsy Kings show that day!
It was quite the day:
Went on a beautiful hike in the mountains hugging the coast, where we encountered wild boars (hideous creatures) and mountain goats. Then headed back to our town for a short rest before heading to Portafino, this ridiculous ritzy resort town, where the Gypsy Kings were playing a free concert in the centre of town overlooking the harbour. And there were no more that 500 people there! And it was quite the scene, as everyone was there for a sailing race/regatta, so you can imagine the crowd. Everyone immaculately dressed, not dancing to the music as they might be seen by others! There was a strong aroma of cigar smoke, as opposed to the typical pot smoke you smell at concerts! We felt slighty out of place, like wedding-crashers or something.

The next day, despite our exhaustion, we headed to the annual fish festival in Camoglia. A 5 metre diameter frying pan is set up for this event, with hundreds lining up for a helping of free locally caught fried fish! Luckily I still had my 'assertiveness skills' left over from Israel and was able to push through the crowds to get us a hot helping of little fried fishies. Yikes!

We're off to France tomorrow. Going to stay in Antibes in the south and try and catch a film at the Cannes Film Fest, if we can scrounge up last minute tickets.

Hope everyone is well!
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