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Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa February 12th 2021

I see bitter orange trees all over Liguria and they are delightful. Bitter orange trees originally came from South East Asia, through Oman, Persia and Egypt. They arrived in 1000AC on the coasts of the Arabian Mediterranean Sea (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Lebanon.) In the course of the crusades, the French and Genoese loaded it on to their ships and brought it home to garnish their gardens. The bitter orange tree then arrived in Liguria and Provence, and as a result the areas grew prosperous. The citrus groves on the Ligurian west coast were called 'The Ligurian Gardens of the Hesperides' Now there are many bitter orange trees placed between Sanremo and Ventimiglia. REFERENCES ■Sanremo ■Ventimiglia ■orange trees ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa February 12th 2021

VILLETTA DI NEGRO A waterfall in a park in the centre of Genova. The park also houses the Edoardo Chiossone Oriental Art Museum in a reconstructed villa. PASSEGGIATA DI CORSO ITALIA A long promenade where people can run, walk or rollerblade on. I often cycle in the cycle lane which heads towards Bocadasse. There is also a jogging lane, which is next to the cycle lane, which is next to the road. VIEWS OF GENOVA AND PORTO ANTICO Most of Genova is on a hill. There are many staircases which lead to great views over the city itself and over Porto Antico, the old port. BOCADASSE A picturesque fishing village which I cycle to often via Corso Italia.... read more
Monument in Villetta di Negro park
Passeggiata Di Corso Italia
Beautiful building along Corso Italia

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa February 9th 2021

Salvatori and Michelangelo in Genoa. Michelangelo Buonarrotti is considered to be one of the greatest Renaissance artists. He is particularly famous for his painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling in 1508. He is also famous for sculptures of heads of the biblical hero David, of which there are many copies around Florence especially. Just inside of Palazzo Ducale, located in Piazza De Ferrari in Genoa, there is part of Andrea Salvatori's exhibition which shows the head of David. Andrea Salvatori is a modern sculptor. In 2018 during a stay in Montelupo Fiorentino, which is a town famous for ceramics and located very near to Empoli, Salvatori made a few big heads of the David by Michelangelo, out of terracotta. The head in this exhibition is one of those heads, which are turned upside down, carved inside ... read more

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa February 9th 2021

Water clocks were used to mark a limited time interval. They above all marked the time of studying and of teaching, and were used by sailors to calculate the speed of a ship and by priests to limit the length of homilies. Well I have to say, an enormous water clock would have been an ideal ornament for the church wall where I used to go to church as a child because I don't remember any priest ever finishing a homily ON TIME. There was no respecting of a water clock, a salt timer or sand glasses, or even just respecting the plain old clock on the wall, certainly not when the homily was read anyway. At the dawn of civilization man learned to mark the passage of time by using natural clocks, like the Sun, ... read more
Water Clock

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa February 9th 2021

This morning I took the Funicolare Zecca-Righi. This is a funicular railway in Genoa connecting the Largo della Zecca, on the edge of Genoa's historic centre to several stations on the slope of the Righi hill. After reaching Righi I walked up a hill and found a Planetarium which in plain English is a theatre devoted to education and entertainment in astronomy and space science. I found some very interesting information and pictures of sightings which have taken place in the Planetarium. My favourite was one taken during the equinox. I also found some information on a board about the use of water clocks to measure time. I've always been very interested in how different civilizations have measured time. I remember back in primary school when we were doing a really interesting project on the Egyptians ... read more
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Planet Jupiter taken from the Observatory

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa February 3rd 2021

I judge from this period of travelling after having endured both short and long stays in hostels that in a hostel you can come across any type of person. However, in my experience most people who stay in them are generally open-minded. However, every now and again I meet people with very cynical views. Such people can be in their early twenties or late sixties. Age does not seem to be a factor. These views are pre-set and this illness within the person's thinking causes the person to hold that fixed belief across a spectrum of situations. For example, a person can get repeatedly annoyed, about being kept awake after 11pm because people are talking loudly in the common areas. The very same person wouldn't ever consider the possibility that the people who are chatting in ... read more
Famous quote found on Victoria Hostel wall in Genoa
Print found on Victoria hostel wall in Genoa

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa January 29th 2021

Since returning to Italy, I've tried to fit in small moments of enjoyment and joy daily even though I've felt quite overwhelmed by the problems I've been trying to solve, which are constantly being made more uncertain by the pandemic. When I did these small but enjoyable things, I tried to use all of my senses to really enjoy them fully. Of course, with having to wear the mask all day long my sense of smell has often been severely compromised, but I used my other 4 senses, as far as I was able. Everyday I'm so grateful for being alive and I'm very happy about the fact that even though we are living through a pandemic with its many restrictions and consequences, I'm still free to live daily moments of happiness, as we all are ... read more

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa January 19th 2021

Gold Star Three : The Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno was one of the highlights over the Christmas period. It was planned in the 1850s in an inhabited area and lies now in an area not far from the centre of Genoa. It is one of the largest historical cemeteries in Europe, full of amazing statues and beautiful ornaments with sculptures in all directions. There are also many monuments which commemorate representative characters of history, culture and arts, both national and local. ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa December 29th 2020

Nervi is one of the suburbs of Genoa and is 15 km from the city centre, in the countryside. The walk along the seaside promenade is called Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi and follows cliffs and beaches along the way. There are also four museums in Nervi. There is Museo Giannettino Luxoro with clock exhibits, The Wolfsoniana which houses architectural drawings and sketches and Galleria d'Arte Moderno with famous 19th and 20th century paintings. There is also a park called Parchi di Nervi.... read more
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Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa September 21st 2017

I found my Genoa lodgings quite easily thanks to some signage on the nearby intersection. Small European hotels are often only a part of building and can have rather discrete signage, sometimes it may just be a label on the ‘buzzer’ name board. Hotel Albergo Novecento only takes up about half of the third floor of quite a substantial building, located only a few minutes walk from the Genoa Brignole train station. Again, it is a modest hotel in an ideal location, and as it happens a very lovely breakfast area. (There seems to be a pattern here, but wait, I have splurged on a very special accommodation later in the trip.... stay tuned). The building the Albergo Novecento is or was once quite grand. The entry features three sets of marble stairs, while quite impressive, ... read more
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