Monday in Sestri Levante
Monday 16th June 2014
After a very unpleasant train journey from Genoa, we arrived in Sestri Levante (our base for the next two nights) around lunchtime, and spent the rest of the day there.
Italy June 2014
Erika in our hotel room in the morning.
Oh dear... a portent of unpleasant things to come: all the ticket machines at Genoa station were broken.
I'm fairly sure that's not how an escalator is meant to work.
Chie and Erika on the train from Genoa to Sestri Levante, before the unpleasantness...
Some grape vines seen from the train.
Now in Sestri Levante, on the way to our hotel, after the highly annoying run in with TrenItalia (Europe's worst train company) staff on the train.
Me outsite our hotel for the next two nights, the Grand Hotel dei Castelli. I'm really not sure these trousers were a good idea.
Don't really like this picture.
The old switchboard in the hotel.
On the swing chair in the hotel gardens.
Lunch - Genoese soup.
The wine glass had the restaurant's name on it. but you can't really make it out here.
Yet more pasta with pesto.
Chie doing a silly facial expression.
La Cantina del Polpo - where we had lunch.
Coffee and a little bit of cake.
Outside Cantina del Polpo.
The entrance to the lift up to our hotel (it was on top of a hill overlooking Sestri Levante).
The tunnel leading through to the lift.
Corridor from the lift to the hotel.
Checked in now. Here's the view from the balcony of our hotel room.
...and again (taken on my mobile).
The hallway outside our room.
Hallway on the floor below ours.
Taking a stroll round the hotel grounds.
Boats in the bay of Sestri Levante.
View down to the hotel's private pool.
Chie and Erika on the steps.
Probably needs a bit of attention?
From the front of the hotel, overlooking some of Sestri Levante.
Erika having a wander round.
Self timer shot on the swing chair again.
The entrance to the restaurant.
Time for an early aperitif!
Me and Erika on the swing. Still not sure about these trousers.
Admiring the foliage.
Hello small lion.
Hello larger lion.
Wandering around the town centre of Sestri Levante before dinner. This pasticceria had a nice frontage.
Chocolate tool set.
I assume the building with the tower is the town hall or something like that.
Pizza for dinner.
Erika had some spaghetti.
Outside where we had dinner - a place called 4Canti.
Frantoi Bo - where I'd been told by a colleague to buy some olive oil. Closed at this time.
Sunset over the bay from the beach at Sestri Levante.
Chie and Erika on the beach.
Our hotel there up on the hill.
Good night Sestri Levante.