Day One in the City of Flowers

San Remo Travel Blog

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Emily and Olivier on our promenade through the streets of San Remo.

Early Friday morning we loaded into Armando’s voiture avec remorque vide (car with trailer attached and empty), for our weekend voyage en Italie. The six of us, Armando, Odile, their son Leonardo, Emily, our voisin Olivier, and I were quite comfortable in the Peugeot station wagon. We made our way to Orange and the entrance to the A7 autoroute, traveling at rapid pace past Avignon and Aix-en-Provence where we changed to the A8, proceeding beyond Nice and Monte Carlo on our way to the Italian border.

The view of San Remo from our beach.
The drive time was estimated at 3 hours, plus a 45-minute stop at the halfway point. We arrived in San Remo ( http://www.sanremoguide.it/en/  ) mid-day; the weather, sunny and warm, could not have been better!

After checking in for our lodging and checking out the beach that comes with it, we took off on foot through town. What a beautiful place! San Remo ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanremo  ) situated on the coast of the Mar Ligure, just 28 km from the French border and the CĂ´te d’Azure. It is a city of about 57,000 people and has been a popular seaside resort since the 18th century.

Its reputation as la Cittá dei Fiori, "the City of Flowers" is well deserved, as you can see by the photos I’m including with this post. Everywhere I turned, there were cyclamen and other beautiful flowers in full bloom. Orchids and roses were thriving outdoors, as were oranges and lemons.

Beautiful flowers were everywhere in the City of Flowers
It was delightful to see the abundance of color thriving mi-fĂ©vrier (in the middle of February). Besides flowers and beautiful beaches, the city and region are also very well known for their citrus and very special olive oil.

For my French companions, special motivations for a weekend trip to San Remo have to include eating and shopping! We found great restaurants on every corner. In the storefront, we saw elegant fashions and incredible leatherworks. Even the open-air market had beautiful fashions and fur coats for sale. Our remorque was empty for a good reason. We were on a mission to fill it with special Italian treats that are expensive and hard to find in France. First on the list were Italian books for Greta, Armando and Odile’s daughter who is heading to university in the fall, with a major in Italian. While Armando sorted out the list of books, we found a great sidewalk cafĂ© to satisfy our quest for gelato.

After we had our fill of gelato, walking and window-shopping, we enjoyed a relaxing evening and a great authentic Italian dinner with tomato and mozzarella salads, pastas, tasty local wine, cappuccinos and superbe tiramisu. We ended the night with fun, laughter and champagne in celebration of my birthday! More photos and stories tomorrow about San Remo, our purchases and the rest of our weekend…

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Emily and Olivier on our promenade…
Emily and Olivier on our promenad…
The view of San Remo from our beac…
The view of San Remo from our bea…
Beautiful flowers were everywhere …
Beautiful flowers were everywhere…
Oranges and lemons were growing an…
Oranges and lemons were growing a…
So many flavors of gelato from whi…
So many flavors of gelato from wh…
I selected noisette and noix de co…
I selected noisette and noix de c…
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