30.05.2015 - 30.05.2015
Today is our last day in Genoa. We started the day after breakfast by walking down to the waterfront to take a two-hour walking tour of the city. The tour was in both English and Italian and there were seven of us in the group. We went through the narrow medieval streets of Genoa and learned about the city's history. Following are pictures I took along the way. The second is one of the many shrines (usually to Mary) that you find all over the city. They are up on about the second floor of buildings and I don't think I would have ever noticed them if the tour guide hadn't pointed them out.
After the tour ended we took an elevator up to the top of the hills for a view of the city. After we went back down we walked back to a spot we had passed during the tour where we saw some artwork we liked. We each bought a piece and got our pictures taken with the artist. [Note: I of course did not intend to be flipping everyone off here. It was just how I was trying to hold onto several things at once and I didn't notice it until I saw this picture. Oops!]
We then had lunch in a nearby cafe. After lunch we wanted to look for a place that sells dried pasta so we could bring some home. That brought us back to the waterfront to a store called Eataly, where you can buy gourmet Italian products. I found a bag of the chestnut "worm" pasta that I had the other day so I had to get some. Outside Eataly, there is a thing (I am not sure what you call it) that goes up above the city for a panoramic view. The city of Genoa goes up a hill from the waterfront and the layers of buildings are interesting to see. I don't know that you really get a sense of it from these pictures. You really need to see it in 3D.
On our way back to the hotel for our afternoon rest, we stopped again at the bakery we went to yesterday.
Tonight we think we are going to try to find a place to eat pizza. Then tomorrow we go back to Milan for the last day of our trip. There we are taking a 3-hour walking tour of the city that includes seeing Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper". I don't know if I will have access to wifi tomorrow so I might not be able to finish this blog until we get home. We fly on Monday from Milan to Toronto, and then on to Milwaukee. We won't get to Green Bay until pretty late so if I don't have a blog post tomorrow, the next one will be on Tuesday, June 2.