13 September, Thursday: Camogli, Italy
We took a taxi down the hill to the train station and set out for Camogli, with a change of trains in Genoa. This route
takes us along the Ligurian Riviera, a tourist paradise with vineyards, olive groves,
coastal resorts, and walking or hiking trails.
The name Camogli is a contraction of Casa Mogli (Wives' House) from the days when the women ran the town while the men spent months at sea with the town's huge fishing fleet. Today, the fleet is much smaller and the men have resumed control of civic affairs. Piles of fishing nets filled with sleeping cats cover the docks along the great 17th century seawall.
By the time we arrived, ominous clouds covered the sky. We checked into our hotel, Cenobio dei Dogi, formerly a summer villa of the doges of Genoa; and then set out to look over the harbor, have a gelato, take some pictures, and enjoy the high surf. At the end of the harbor, built into sheer rock is the Castello della Dragonara which houses the Acqario (Aquarium).
By dinner time, the rains came. We had pizza at Ristorante La Rotonda which offers a nice view of the beach and sea, even in a rainstorm.
|The Italian Riviera in Autumn I
|The Italian Riviera in Autumn II
|Trompe l'Oeil Windows
|Ave Gratia Plena
|What is real and what is painted? The pediments? The shutters? The flowers? The curtains? View a high resolution image.
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, benedicta tu, In mulieribus et benedictus, Fructus ventris tui Jesus.
Sancta Maria, Sancta Maria, Maria ora pro nobis, Nobis peccatoribus, Nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.