01.06.2012 - 04.06.2012
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Still with my latest trip on my mind, I'm back to Portugal. This long weekend in Italy was just something I needed to feel alive.
As I told you in the latest post, we were headed to Genova (Genoa), but our flight was to Milan (cheaper and direct).
We arrived at Linate Airport(this was my first time in this airport), and we stayed in this hotel near to the airport, so we wouldn't lose much time to get to sleep.
Next day, we went to the Central Station and caught the train to Genova. On our way to the station, we realized that the Pope was also visiting the city and that it was a national holiday.
Arriving at Genova, the weather was cloudy and the signs indicated that it would start to rain soon. Nonetheless, we left our stuff at the hotel and went to have a nice Ligurian lunch. My girlfriend knows the place quite well, since she lived there for a few months, so we went to a cozy little restaurant in the old city. I ordered the Trofie al Pesto (the one that I was dreaming for some time now) and she ate pasta with some tomato sauce.
After lunch, we explored a bit of the old city, with its narrow streets and alleys. Genova's city center is a labyrinth of this little streets and one can get lost wandering them. The sky had cleared a bit and it wasn't raining anymore, so we took the bus to Boccadasse, a small village in the Genova suburbs. We enjoyed the quietness and the gelato (icecream) in an old, but refurbished gelateria.
We returned to Genova and bought some souvenirs to take back home. It was getting dark and our stomachs were beginning to get empty from the gelato, so we went to find a restaurant that my girlfriend knew. We took some time to select our pizza (there was much choice), and also asked for a salad and a jar of white wine. Everything was great! We were exhausted, so we went back to the hotel.
Next morning, the route was already more or less planned. We bought train tickets and our destination: Camogli. One great thing about this part of the country is that the coastline is superb and the train rides right next to it.
Camogli is a nice little town, that seems taken from a painting. This town is embracing the sea, that looked so calm to me. We walked around Camogli, and found out many tourists, shops filled with souvenirs and lots of boats.
Another meal and another great italian food I had to try: the focaccia with Recco cheese. Amazing! We ate at the beach and the sea was inviting us to a swim. Unfortunately, we hadn't brought our swimming suits, so we just dipped our feet in the water. At the mid-afternoon, we headed to Nervi, which was another small town between Genova and Camogli. We visited the park where we saw squirrels and we could observe Italians in their leisure time.
Back to Genova, and still some time to go before our train to Milan. We were already missing Italy and wanted to stay for a few days (or weeks) more, but it we had to get back. We went to aperitivo (which is a meal before dinner) and took the train to Milan, and the plane back to Portugal.