Bordighera Italy

After Florence and Lake Como, we finally made it to Bordighera, Italy. Bordighera was my original destination for this Italy trip and I was excited (and a little nervous) to finally get to see it. We were back down to the six person crew and had rented THIS apartment through AirBnB.

A professor T and I had in college grew up in this town and I had always wanted to see it.  Of all our destinations, it was the one where we had to speak the most Italian.  Everyone was happy to practice their english with us, and us our Italian.  It was much closer to "real" Italy for me.  The shops closed during the middle of the day.  Coffee was drunk standing at the bar and aperitivo was always happening.  We even started our first day, almost right off the train with aperitivo at Cafe Monet.

(Photo by Jay)

I think I was charmed by this town almost immediately.  When we checked into our apartment the two ladies who checked us in didn't speak a lot of english, one hardly at all, but they were sweet and excited to show us the apartment.  Later that evening when we were walking to dinner in Bordighera Alta (the old part of Bordighera on a hill) the one who didn't speak very much english saw us walking by a store she was in and rushed out to say hello.  She asked how everything was in the apartment and where we were going to dinner.  It might have been that right after that moment when the Little Sister turned to me and said, "Let's move here."  I was in love.

This part of the trip was a combinations of early morning walks on the boardwalk next to the beach, dinner in Bordighera Alta or closer to the ocean, and ALWAYS aperitivo!  

We spent one day in Monaco because it was just a short train ride away.  It turns our Bordighera (on the Italian Riviera) is right next to France (on the French Riviera) and when I looked North I was looking at Monaco and France.  

One of my favorite memories was when we had aperitvo on the patio at our apartment.  T ended up making Trofie al Pesto from some things he had bought at the Thursday Farmer's Market. We had lots of wine and laughs at that meal.  It was amazing!  I think we went out for gelato that evening too!

(Photo by T)

Speaking of the Farmer's Market, I was up early with Jay and T walking the ocean boardwalk the day after we arrived and was excited to see a Farmer's Market setting up.  But then the Farmer's Market became this huge market selling all kinds of scarves, and purses (designer knock-offs), clothes and shoes.  Turns out they have it every Thursday and we (well mostly the girls) had a great time shopping there.

(photo by T.  He called this "The Shoppers")

We settled into this town very quickly and I really did love it.  We found a great wine shop that we enjoyed exploring.  The hardware store made us extra keys and we even rented beach chairs with umbrellas one day. 

(Photo by Middle Sister)

We spent the majority of our evenings in Bordighera Alta and even had dinner at the same place twice!  It was run by a sister and brother with Mama cooking!  It was called Antica Trattoria Garibaldi and we really enjoyed our meals there.
(Photo by T)

We also enjoyed walking around Bordighera and finding fun photos.

I really enjoyed Bordighera and will return again.  The city is a bit of a resort town for the French and Italians, and I loved being near the ocean, the convience of the train, and being able to walk everywhere.  It was charming to have people get excited when they found out we were from California and so many people had visited California before.  It was fun to talk to them and compare California with Bordighera.  We (the group) thought they were very similar.

On our last night we walked along the boardwalk and had aperitivo overlooking the ocean.  The weather was amazing and it was a beautiful way to end our trip.

(Photo by T)

The next day we packed up and were back on the train.  The Sisters and T headed to Milan and Jay and A headed to the Cinque Terre.  I think the trip was almost perfect.  I left each place wanting to return and was even craving Italian food when I got home.  I think I forgot a piece of my heart in Italy and look forward to returning soon.....  Until then.... CIAO Italia!

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