Unfortunately there is not much to say about today except I have a new appreciation for TUNNEL Builders, a greater appreciate for planning your restaurants ahead of time and the value of a sign in an elevator.
This morning we checked out of our hotel in Nice and I have to say we were very happy with our choice. Hotel Les Cigales was a fine hotel that met our needs to a tee while we were in Nice. The road from Nice to Genova gave me a new appreciation for companies that build tunnels. Why do I have a new appreciation for them – well we easily went through 40 – 50 tunnels on the way to Genoa (Genova). each tunnel I am sure cut 5 – 20 minutes off our trip. I have to imagine that 50 years ago the same trip took all day. We arrived in less than 2 1/2 hours.
Genoa is a large city that happens to have the largest historic district in Europe. I have been in a few cities in Europe and though this had the largest historic district, it was not as impressive as one would think. To be honest, it was hard to see what parts of the city were well weathered and aged and which were “historic” districts. It all looked old and beat down.
Here is where the appreciation for better lunch planning comes into play. We had no real plans for Genoa and it showed. We ended up at a little plaza restaurant looking for the local favorites of pasta with pesto (Genoa is the home of pesto) and bruschetta. Unfortunately, the lunch was a great disappointment. It is soon became the least favorite meal of our trip. A great disappointment.
We continued to Milan, the largest metropolitan area of Italy, and found our hotel with no problems. How did people drive in Europe before Tom Tom or Gamin GPS units? Our Tom Tom has served us well for the last four years. I have a lovely lady from London guiding us now. Previously Homer Simpson was our guide Duh! My wife can not handle Homer telling us we made a wrong turn anymore.
In Milan we only had time to see the main cathedral Il Duomo. As European Cathedrals go, we have to admit, it is pretty impressive. All the marble we touched was real and not plaster painted to look like marble (like St. Paul’s Cathedral in Vatican City). Tomorrow we hope to have more time to go through it again, we got there rather late today and needed more time.
We will have more about Milan tomorrow, as well as pictures from Genova/Genoa tomorrow (we left one camera in the car tonight).
We finished our day with a wonderful Italian dinner. You have to love a culture that has some many courses!