Bordighera

The Mediterranean at Bordighera

The Mediterranean at Bordighera

On Sunday, March 10, 2013, we drove across the Italian border to Bordighera with Eric who was in France during spring break. At his request, we eschewed the highway and drove along the coast, passing Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Monaco, Menton, and Ventimiglia. The drive took quite a bit of time but the scenery made it well worth it. Unfortunately, throughout the week Eric was with us, the weather was not the greatest; it rained a great deal, and when it didn't, the skies looked dark enough to make one believe that the reprieve was only temporary. Of course, this did not lessen the pleasure of doing things en famille, though it did have an impact on my photographic output. Full disclosure: most of the images shown on this page were, in fact, taken on a Sunday almost exactly one year earlier, on February 19, 2012. On that day, Vicki and I had visited Bordighera for the first time.

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The train station Via Vittorio Emanuele

The train station

Via Vittorio Emanuele


Corso Italia Back alley

Corso Italia

Back alley


Intersection Along the waterfront

Intersection

Along the waterfront


The beach The beach

The beach

The beach


Getting ready for the tourist season Right now, we're in the off season

Getting ready for the tourist season

Right now, we're in the off season


The Mediterranean sparkles! Along the seaside promenade

The Mediterranean sparkles!

Along the seaside promenade


Lungomare Argentina Resting a while

Lungomare Argentina

Resting a while


Villa Capriccio Closed for the season

Villa Capriccio

Closed for the season


The blue deck chairs By the Via Sant'Ampelio

The blue deck chairs

By the Via Sant'Ampelio


The coastline looking west Rock sculpted by the elements

The coastline looking west

Rock sculpted by the elements


Mother and son photo session Vicki and Eric

Mother and son photo session

Vicki and Eric


Picturesque walkway Thistles

Picturesque walkway

Thistles


Shower among the rocks Harbor wall

Shower among the rocks

Harbor wall


The harbor of Bordighera Harbor view

The harbor of Bordighera

Harbor view


The yellow hose The green boat

The yellow hose

The green boat


Above the harbor The coastline looking east

Above the harbor

The coastline looking east


Shoreline Sant'Ampelio

Shoreline

Sant'Ampelio


The bell of Sant'Ampelio Chiesa di Terrasanta

The bell of Sant'Ampelio

Chiesa di Terrasanta


Chiesa di Terrasanta Mediterranean view

Chiesa di Terrasanta

Mediterranean view


Blooming aloes Aloe flower

Blooming aloes

Aloe flower


Vicki and her new friend: A cat that purrs in Italian

Vicki and her new friend:

A cat that purrs in Italian


Menacing skies: time to head back home

Menacing skies: time to head back home


Before driving home, we made a stop at a café in the heart of town were a year earlier we had not only discovered a fabulous cappuccino of the kind only Italians know how to make, but also what have got to be the best Cannoli we had ever tasted. Naturally, we just had to go back there to see if the experience of that first trip had been some kind of fluke. I'm happy to report that our little snack was every bit as good as we had remembered it—and about half the price it would have cost across the French border. We'll be back!




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