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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

On A Mini-Break In Genoa, Italy

Italy has always been right at the top of my list of places I *must* see before I die. Everything I'd heard about it appealed to me: I mean the food, the language, the culture, the shopping - the list is truly endless, so when my Mum and I were discussing where we wanted to go on holiday this year I suggested (read: begged) to go to Italy. Luckily for me, Italy has always been at the top of my Mum's list too.

Now, I know you're probably thinking it's a little odd that on my first trip to Italy, having longed to go for what feels like my entire existence, I didn't end up in Rome, Venice or Tuscany and the like. But Genoa (or Genova, as it's called in Italian) was somewhere my Mum suggested and, despite not having researched it all that much beforehand, our five day holiday there felt absolutely perfect.

My Mum and I took a friend each and honestly, that worked so well because it meant Lish and I could do a little more exploring than my Mum might have been up for if it had just been me and her, but I still got to spend lots of time with her on holiday.

Genoa isn't as touristy as I'd imagine Italian cities like Rome would be and that definitely added to its charm and meant I got to try out my rusty Italian, which was all part of the fun. Realising I could get by with the little Italian I remember was a bit of a confidence boost for me too and made me fall even more in love with the country. Anyway... back to Genoa. It has everything really; a stunning city with beaches and marinas and wonderful inexpensive train connections to beautiful towns, there's not much more I could ask for in a long weekend away.

If you ever go you have to visit the Cinque Terre, or five villages, on the Italian Riviera. We were planning to visit by boat but unfortunately there was a big storm the night before we'd planned to go and so the boat trip was cancelled. Lish and I decided to go by train though and it was definitely worth the 1.5 hour journey to get to the closest of the five villages, Monterosso. We only had time to visit two of the villages, Monterosso and Vernazza, which was a shame but both were absolutely beautiful. It was so lovely to explore these towns, eat delicious food, and walk along their beaches.

All in all, I can't recommend visiting Genoa enough if you're interested in going to a part of Italy that's not quite as tourist-filled as other cities but still beautiful and perfect for a long weekend away. If I weren't so desperate to see the rest of Italy, I know I'd more than happily go back to visit again next year but alas Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice and the rest of Italy just won't stop calling my name! Until next time, Italia.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Happy Sunday everyone! I just wanted to check in because I've had The Girl In The Moon completely revamped by the lovely Beth, and I'm so excited about it! I really can't thank Beth enough, she was an absolute dream to work with and I coudn't have asked for a prettier design. 

So, what do you think? I hope you like it as much as I do! I'll be back in a couple of days with the post on my trip to Italy as promised! I hope your day is being spent relaxing, catching up on tv and eating lots of food like mine is - that's what Sundays are for right?! 
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