On Wednesday (26th October) I had my first experience with the bus agency called FlixBus. I took the bus from Firenze to Genova. It took me get to Genoa about three hours but I must make a compliment to this company – good prices, comfortable, WIFI connection (so I can work) and the most important thing, especially for women, there is a toilet :).
Time passed so quickly and I was in the Principe station. Although my friend and his girlfriend live close to the station I had a problem to find a right place – yes, it is just me :).
Immediately after meeting them I set off small trip in the surrounding. I passed Via Balbi and got to the Via Garibaldi consisted of lots of all buildings – the museums and universities. At the end I ended up where I wanted – Piazza de Ferrari. So far I have thought that Ferrari is just brand of sporty car 🙂 and he was a famous man in Italy.
Anyway, you can see me in front of the Fontana in this square in the first picture. Then I continued my walk to the port because Genova is the famous port city with the Aquario di Genova.
During short walk I could have seen lots of old buildings, churches but it is a bit unable to shot a good and quality photos – too many people, too many cars everywhere.
Why did I call the time in Genova as dolce (sweet) time? Because my friends there host me very well. I have never tasted so much good Italians food before – something as like the octopus (the first photo), cannoli (Sicilian cake – the second photo). We also had a crepes one day. I tasted the traditional Genovese bread – focaccio.
Anyway, I really think that I have similar sense of humor with my friends here. We spoke and still speaking a lot, and smile all the time (not only because of the alcohol).
Stop speaking about food and alcohol. It is time to describe my first trip in Genova and some of my notes that I picked up there.
On Thursday’s morning (27th October) I decided to see all of the Castelletto in Genova because I would like to shot the panoramic photos.
I started in the touristic center owing of getting the map of the city. Firstly, I visited Spianata di Castelleto. You can use the elevator here (something as like as public transport in Genova) but I was walking up. In the following pictures you can see the view out of this place.
In the next picture there is a Castallo Bruzo. Actually, I think that is the name of the castle. I walked around since I lost myself a bit :). What a common for me.
And I finished in the place called Castello D’Albertis. The castle is wonderful but unfortunately the view is not so good – since there are lots of palms as you can see in the pictures.
Again, you can take the elevator for going up. In my opinion, it is a bit useless and you would pay for it.
In the evening, I had an opportunity to see the sunset from the Spianate di Castelletto. For this time, we took an elevator. To be honest, it went only a few seconds.
On the Thursday’s evening my friend and his girlfriend picked me up and show me Boccadasso. Unfortunately, at night I cannot shot the photos. Never mind, I was there on Friday’s morning (but I will write another article about it).
At the end, I would like to say a few notes that I have got in Genova for the time being:
- Italians are hospitality (actually, as like as Greeks) – I cannot complain about it at all.
- People there wear the warm jackets, scarfs, caps and I am wearing the summer dress, skirts… hm, I think that 25 to 30°C is amazing weather at the end of October.
- I recommend you to take a Flix bus for traveling in Italy, and pay by Czech crone (cheaper than in euros).
- In Genova there are lots of the elevators (lifts) but I think that it is useless to pay for them. You can go everywhere and enjoy the wonderful views.
- Genova looks like totally different to the previous cities that I visited. There are mostly high buildings with the apartments.
- In port there are lots of immigrants who will try to sell you something.
- I am the queen with my level of English in Italy. Unfortunately, not too many people can speak English, thus I sometimes used my poor Italians. However, people are more open-minded and smile at you everywhere.
- It is probably very difficult to find the good job in all Italy. So I am wondering why the immigrants come to this country.