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Genoa, Italy and Saint-Paul-de-Vence

It was July 13, 2015 and we had just completed our wonderful Corsican adventure. It was now time to head back to Bormes. However, we were not done! Instead of sailing back to Toulon France, Glenn had us sail from Bastia to Genoa, Italy to spend one night savouring Italy’s charms.

The ferry ride was relatively smooth but I also determined that I had no language skills in Italian. The crew on this ferry spoke Italian with very little English. Yet another language to learn! We approached Genoa and were impressed by the size of the port. It seemed to go on forever. We even caught a glance of the Costa Concordia not looking its best!

Glenn and Maysan had some shopping to do at “Eataly”- a wonderful Italian store selling fresh goods and kitchen goods. How I wish we had one of these in Calgary! They also had a very nice restaurant where we enjoyed a fine evening meal with fish which likely came off the boat fresh just that day. We stayed at a very nice hotel close to the port.

The next morning we had a few hours to tour the old town section of Genoa where some of the local university faculties are located. It was very pleasant.

We then proceeded to a outlet shopping district located between Genoa and Milan to do what else…. some shopping!  The shopping district was huge and offered premium products at quite large discounts. Anna and Anita would have loved it. I picked up a few dress shirts and got a great deal on top of it all.

We then proceeded to visit Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France on the way back home for an evening meal and visit. Saint-Paul or Saint-Paul-de-Vence (in Occitan: Sant Pau) is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. One of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera, it is well known for its modern and contemporary art museums and galleries such as Fondation Maeght which is located nearby.

Saint-Paul de Vence has long been a haven of the famous. During the 1960s, it was frequented by French actors Yves Montand, Simone Signoret and Lino Ventura, and poet Jacques Prévert.

Saint-Paul is also well known for the artists who have lived there, such as Jacques Raverat, Gwen Raverat and Marc Chagall and more recently the couple Bernard-Henri Lévy and Arielle Dombasle. Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman has a home there. American writer James Baldwin died there in 1987. British actor Donald Pleasence died there in 1995.

We had a most enjoyable evening [me in my new dress shirt from Italy, so smart], unfortunately, our meal was relatively disappointing which was very unusual for France. Maysan certainly gave the manager a lot to “chew on”. We then arrived home quite late in Bormes and fell into a well-deserved sleep. We only had one day before we would have to leave for Le Puy. No rest for the wicked!

Corsican Photography Tour- Day 6

Rock cliffs near Bonifacio while sailing

Rock cliffs near Bonifacio while sailing

Lighthouse near Bonifacio while sailing

Lighthouse near Bonifacio while sailing

Cave we travelled into near Bonifacio while sailing

Cave we travelled into near Bonifacio while sailing

Jet skier in cave we travelled into near Bonifacio while sailing

Jet skier in cave we travelled into near Bonifacio while sailing

Hole in top of cave we travelled into that looks like Corsica

Hole in top of cave we travelled into that looks like Corsica

Lighthouse near Bonifacio while sailing, alternate view

Lighthouse near Bonifacio while sailing, alternate view

Lighthouse near Bonifacio while sailing, yet another view

Lighthouse near Bonifacio while sailing, yet another view

Our tour boat in Bonifacio Harbour

Our tour boat in Bonifacio Harbour

Leaving Corsica on Moby Ferry

Leaving Corsica on Moby Ferry

View of Bastia from the Ferry

View of Bastia from the Ferry

View of Bastia from the Ferry

View of Bastia from the Ferry

Yes, that is Tweety Bird on the Moby Ferry Stack

Yes, that is Tweety Bird on the Moby Ferry Stack

View of Genoa, Italy harbour

View of Genoa, Italy harbour

View of Genoa, Italy harbour

View of Genoa, Italy harbour

View of Genoa, Italy harbour

View of Genoa, Italy harbour

A real life saver!

A real life saver!

Corsican Photography Tour- Day 5

Yet another church, Porto-Vecchio

Yet another church, Porto-Vecchio

Beautiful stonework, Porto-Vecchio

Beautiful stonework, Porto-Vecchio

Church Central Square, Porto-Vecchio

Church Central Square, Porto-Vecchio

Narrow streets, Porto-Vecchio

Narrow streets, Porto-Vecchio

Relaxed Corsican, Porto-Vecchio

Relaxed Corsican, Porto-Vecchio

Street DJ, Porto-Vecchio

Street DJ, Porto-Vecchio

Street scene, Porto-Vecchio

Street scene, Porto-Vecchio

Stone Fortress walls, Porto-Vecchio

Stone Fortress walls, Porto-Vecchio

As it says! Street scene, Porto-Vecchio

As it says! Street scene, Porto-Vecchio

Close quarters, Porto-Vecchio

Close quarters, Porto-Vecchio

Window and poster scene, Porto-Vecchio

Window and poster scene, Porto-Vecchio

Corsican Photography Tour- Day 4

Stunning views, near Porto while driving

Stunning views, near Porto while driving

Beautiful Rock formations, near Porto

Beautiful Rock formations, near Porto

Yet another beautiful church, Ajaccio

Yet another beautiful church, Ajaccio

 Fortress wall [and, if you look very closely a goat], Ajaccio

Fortress wall [and, if you look very closely a goat], Ajaccio

Pier scene sailing school, Ajaccio

Pier scene sailing school, Ajaccio

Museum, Ajaccio

Museum, Ajaccio

Central Square, Ajaccio

Central Square, Ajaccio

Colourful wall art, vineyard near Ajaccio

Colourful wall art, vineyard near Ajaccio

Panorama, col near Ajaccio

Panorama, col near Ajaccio

Corsican Photography Tour- Day 3

Lighthouse scene through Boston Whaler spray, near Calvi

Lighthouse scene through Boston Whaler spray, near Calvi

Lighthouse scene through Boston Whaler spray, near Calvi

Lighthouse scene through Boston Whaler spray, near Calvi

Lighthouse scene on boat near Calvi

Lighthouse scene on boat near Calvi

Enjoying the spanking new Boston Whaler, near Calvi

Enjoying the spanking new Boston Whaler, near Calvi

The French and Corsicans love a circus

The French and Corsicans love a circus

Wall Graffiti, St-Ambroggio

Wall Graffiti, St-Ambroggio

Cactus flower, St-Ambroggio

Cactus flower, St-Ambroggio

Railway tracks, St-Ambroggio

Railway tracks, St-Ambroggio

Palm and Yucca, St-Ambroggio

Palm and Yucca, St-Ambroggio

Beautiful seaside scene, St-Ambroggio

Beautiful seaside scene, St-Ambroggio

Beautiful seaside scene, St-Ambroggio

Beautiful seaside scene, St-Ambroggio

Beautiful seaside scene, St-Ambroggio

Beautiful seaside scene, St-Ambroggio

Palm tree, St-Ambroggio

Palm tree, St-Ambroggio

Gallery

Corsican Photography Tour- Day 2

Corsican Photography Tour-Day 1

Our ferry as we leave Toulon, July 6 2015 early

Our ferry as we leave Toulon, July 6 2015 early

Maure, the Corsican emblem, on the ferry stack

Maure, the Corsican emblem, on the ferry stack

Welcome to Port de L'Ile Rousse, Corsica

Welcome to Port de L’Ile Rousse, Corsica

Beautiful churches everywhere, near Calvi

Beautiful churches everywhere, near Calvi

Church scene, near Calvi

Church scene, near Calvi

Church scene, near Calvi

Church scene, near Calvi

Church scene, near Calvi

Church scene, near Calvi

Beautiful flowers, Calvi

Beautiful flowers, Calvi

Beautiful stonework, near Calvi

Beautiful stonework, near Calvi

The cat has the right idea, it's hot!

The cat has the right idea, it’s hot!

Beautiful stone architecture, near Calvi

Beautiful stone architecture, near Calvi

Beautiful flowers, near Calvi

Beautiful flowers, near Calvi

 Church exterior, near the start of our hike, Calvi

Church exterior, near the start of our hike, Calvi

 The best part of the hike- enjoying a beer afterwards- near Calvi

The best part of the hike- enjoying a beer afterwards- near Calvi

A Corsican village traffic jam!

A Corsican village traffic jam!

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