On the Proud One

Upon arriving it the main train station, one can easily notice why the city is nicknamed The Proud One. Do you know where we are? (This isn’t easy, but I’ve the feeling Aussie Debra knows … Pssst … Don’t tell, Debra.)

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Here’s another hint: This monument honors one of the cities most-favorite sons and his house.

Alright – one last hint: It’s actually Italy’s sixth largest city, a port city (I actually sailed in and out of this port in 1958 with my mother), and it has a noble history.

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Before going to Italy, my wife asked me where I wanted to visit … and I always listed the Old City section of Genova (Genoa). So one day, we boarded the train to fulfill one of my requests. For those who may want to visit this city by train, Genova has several train stations, so select Genova Principe.

Blogger Debra did this post about her trip to Genova, and her pictures captured my attention and remained stuck in my memory bank. The Old City is well-preserved and we loved it.

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We also took the hop-on, hop-off tour bus for a broader view of the city outside the old wall.

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Notice anything odd here?

To top off this day, we even saw The King.


30 thoughts on “On the Proud One

  1. The parents of a friend ended up in Genova when they were planning on going to Geneva. It was a pleasant surprise for them and a lesson to find out the names of cities in the local languages before buying train tickets.


  2. Your post sealed it for me! I’m visiting Genova as one of my side trips during the two weeks I plan to be in Nice, France, a year from now taking a French language immersion course.

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  3. Anything and everything Italian! Thank you, aFa, for another added “must see” city on a return trip! Snowing in the mountains here. Roses have been “put to bed” for the season. Thinking of you this coming week…and all we have to be thankful for. RR

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    • Raye,
      The roses asleep and the snow in the mountains … quite the scene … and I also imagine that means drizzle at the lower levels. I’m very thankful for the many good people of the world, which includes the gems from WordPress like yourself.


  4. The submarine is an Italian Sauro-class diesel boat, now decommissioned. Its design is an upgrade of the U.S. Tang class, at least one of which was sold to Italy in the 1970’s. Diesel subs are still viable for shorter-range missions because they are as quiet or quieter than their more-costly nuclear counterparts.

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    • Marina,
      A wonderful trip indeed. I simply love the very old neighborhoods … and I know I would like the old one in Athens (but I can’t recall the name).

      Offline rest is necessary … so cheers to you doing that. BTW …. one post back from here is a an interesting bells piece (as video).


  5. aFa, My story of Genoa will amuse you.
    Many, many years ago, encouraged by my future wife, I decided to see Europe armed with a Eurail pass, Fodor’s Europe on Ten Dollars a Day and American Express Travelers’ Checks. Traveling from Munich to Florence, the Italian labor union controlling the train workers decided to have a four hour strike. Our passenger cars were put on a siding in Genoa and we sat there for four hours until the strike was over. Then we completed our journey to Florence. I got to see many exciting sights in Florence but, unfortunately, none of the neat places shown in your post, only the train siding.

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    • Mudge,
      Oh my … too funny … after all, Italian rail workers are known for sudden strikes. One almost affected one of our days on the trip, but because he found out about it, we stayed off the trains that day.

      Meanwhile, glad to give you a short tour today … and I will be posting about Florence in the future. 🙂


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