View from historic elevator over Genoa
Memories of elevator in Lisbon, Portugal a few years ago…info at end of post

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Taking the historic elevator in Genoa (feature photo), in the Liguria region of Italy, reminded me of our short stay in Lisbon (2 photos above) quite a few years ago. We’re planning on returning to Portugal in 2020 as our last stay was too brief.

In Italy, on our current trip, we’ve also been seeing many monuments honouring Christopher Columbus (he was born in Genoa) so that reminded me of this monument on Lisbon’s waterfront…more photos of Lisbon in a past post if interested.

Monument on Lisbon waterfront reminded me of monuments in Liguria

I found this information from Lisbon-Tourism interesting:

“Despite the fact the Monument to the Discoveries is not a historical monument proper, it does call fort one of the most thriving historical ages of Portugal, that is, the age of the great geographical discoveries, when Portugal would dominate the sea trade between the continents….The main statue is the one which represents Henry the Navigator, while other figures rendered are important personalities who, one way or another, have contributed to Portugal’s reputation in the age of discoveries: poets, explorers, navigators, crusaders, and mapmakers, with key figures like Vasco da Gama, Magellan, Felipa of Lancaster and Camoes.”

If I remember rightly from my Australian History lessons, Vasco da Gama also explored and mapped part of the coastline of Australia…a question to research another day! Such courageous souls!


We stayed at The Grand Hotel Savoia – 5 min easy walk from railway station. It’s a good time to go to Genoa as spacious 5 star rooms with balconies & view can be bought at a v good price, particularly if you book a few months ahead like we did (more about that + photos in a future post). However, be aware that in some parts the city seems to be struggling…we hear from local Italians (& the history museum) that it’s mostly due to the changing direction of traditional port cities + other issues affecting many similar cities in Europe/Middle East.

The feature photo is from last wk in Genoa…I adore taking a ride in very old elevators; not only seeing the design and decoration (on this occasion both Art Nouveau – in late 1880s & Art Deco in early 1920s) but also the panoramic views from the top.

Genoa is a fascinating port city with a very properous past. Things are a bit different now with most (all?) ports moving toward containerization so Genoa is in the process of trying to reinvent itself…we learnt about that at the Maritime Museum on the waterfront – highly recommended even if you only have a minor interest in history.

There’s also an outdoor museum too but it became v windy so we stayed inside.

For food lovers…

If food is more your interest!…a v light lunch can be found at an interesting little bar/cafe next to the museum (the 1 in the Museum had what looked like factory made produce so that was disappointing).

The specialty food of Genoa region is Foccacia and various dishes with pesto…I’ll post a photo soon of a seafood dish I enjoyed using pesto in sauce (+ a few other good food pics) + a recipe of course.

Borrowed from Net of course…love rosemary with focaccia

We’re still in the Genoa (actually Liguria region)...4 nights in Rapallo which is about 45 min on train to the famous (and v popular we found today!) Cinque Terre – a v rugged region on the coast of the Italian Riviera.

I’ll do another post soon on getting to Cinque Terre. We had a wonderful day and with Tony’s clever pre-planning, we were able to avoid the crowds + what can be v high cost of getting there.

Tony’s telling me “it’s birre o’clock” in Italy!…staying at an amazing B&B in Rapallo with views of sea from terrace – 80 Euro/night. It’s a slightly different/quirky place but has a wonderful story which I’ll also write about down the track 🍻Cheers!

PS the creama caramels are excellent here 🍮 😋 & also panna cotta…note to to post.

1 more from Net until we get home to make/photograph our own…love the basil with panna cotta too!

I use to make cream caramel quite often in the 1980s when I was trying to impress my mother-in-law, who was v much like an traditional Italian mother in many ways…particularly with her son Anthony! 😉 (she never called him Tony). Tony was v much influenced by her great home cooking and part of the reason he loves to cook (with a sense of occasion sometimes) now🥂 She frustrated us sometimes (as I’m sure we did her!) but we both loved her heaps (particularly Tony of course) and miss her greatly – she passed away suddenly in 97❤️ at just 66 years of age.