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In and around Asti

sunny 29 °C

As usual we are running late, but at least not lost as we retrace our steps (roughly) back to Chamonix and Mont Blanc. I love the mountain scenery, the sheer drama of it all, and knowing it is there to be skied! Same as the other day, still can’t see the top, but today we are going through, not up. The tunnel is not that long, but it still costs 35 euros. We are soon at Courmayer in the Val D’Aoste and Italy. The Italian side is just as dramatic and stunning, and this side of the border is totally cloudless with clear blue skies that the mountains stand out against beautifully. And into Italy

And into Italy

The sun is however dropping and we head on past Torino in the dark to arrive in Asti quite late. Robert, Lili and Jessica have stayed up to greet us and it is great to see them all again. Aunt Lili has prepared dinner and we are all back for seconds. Mail from home too – G has a Socceroos scarf from Mum, but I don’t think it will help them from here.
We are late to wake up (surprise!)this morning but we are dressed before cousin David arrives. We sit down to breakfast with him and his son, Ricky. We are heading off to Torino to have a wander around. We get up there spending a lot of time catching up on who does what and how everyone is. This continues around Torino and we get a look at the grand colonnades and squares and down to the river to La Grande Madre. Family Photo

Family Photo

We also go past a TV episode being shot at the university – the same action 4 times – then head up to the Film Museum where they have a great lift up to the roof to look over the city – it is all glass and as it passes through the huge open hall of the museum there are no supports apart from the wires, so it is all a bit freaky. View from the top is great though.
Not happy in his work

Not happy in his work

Italian Parking

Italian Parking


After Torino we head off to David’s place where the boys get to play X box. We also catch up with Simonetta and the girls get to share their hobbies as the boys share theirs. Too soon we say goodbye so we can get ready for dinner with uncle Robert. We are out for pizza tonight, and La Cometa does a good job of it.
The Boys

The Boys


In the morning we are off with David and Ricky again, this time to Genoa. As Genoa drops into the sea, there is precious little flat land available. As we drive in, we come off the Autostrada and dive down through 5 stories of car parks, off ramps, diversions and roundabouts. David knows the way though and we are soon parked in the centre of town – which is eerily quiet. We soon are told that today is San Giovanni Batistuta Day, so most places will be shut. Not to worry. We wander around and stuff ourselves with the menu touristico at a local bar. We waddle up to the centre of town to the ducal palace and cathedrals, then we enjoy a string quartet’s offerings for a while until the council sweeper washes them away!great string quartet

great string quartet


We head down to the docks that have been flashed up for tourists, before heading around to the Maritime Museum. The real aim is to get inside the Submarine docked nearby which is good fun even if we have to dress silly and hit our heads a lot. Genoa waterfront

Genoa waterfront

The Italian Navy!

The Italian Navy!


We head back via the gelati shop, and G gets invited back to Ricky’s to play X Box again which leaves L and I free until uncle Robert picks us up again for dinner. We head out to the local camping ground for dinner (I kid you not) and have a great dinner with all the family. We get to chat a lot and then all the boys go and play football nearby to help the first two courses settle before we head back for desert.Family Dinner

Family Dinner


The next morning we head in to see everyone at work. Lonnie goes off for a coffee and talk with the girls,and David and I compare bruises and sprains from the football last night. Then G and I head out with David to try and find me an Asti cycle top. We get one at the second shop, and then head back to meet the ladies. We wander around Asti having gelatis, pizza and window shopping before the sad time has come to say goodbye. We hope it will not be as long before we meet up again.The ladies

The ladies

Coffee

Coffee

Chicco makes a friend

Chicco makes a friend

Posted by lostagain 00:37 Archived in Italy

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