As we leave Nice to head to La Spezia and the Cinque Terre, we view Monaco from high up on the Corniche. The views take your breath away.

This road is fantastic and unlike the freeway, which also has great views, you don’t have that confused idea of rushing in and out of tunnels, catching short fleeting glimpses of the Mediterranean.

The road from Nice to Genoa is beautiful and you should take your time.

We did exactly that and dropped into the pretty fishing village of Portofino with its little harbour, narrow streets and unbelievable charm. 

Portofino is a national monument and has not changed much since 1935. Few would not have heard of its name. It has international fame and is synonymous with sophistication, beauty and exclusiveness.

We relaxed by the harbour for an hour or so, for as you can see, it is a very agreeable setting  for having lunch at one of the quaint cafes and being so inclined we drank in the beauty of our surroundings.

Portofino is small and inaccessible and that’s why I like it.



  1. Looks like it was a bloody good holiday, Sean. Have enjoyed reading so far (although the volley is looking a bit scuffed now).

  2. yes the volley boys were a bit scuffed after the big walks but after a bath I think they survived….but the new fantastic leather volleys are really giving the old boys a bit of an inferiority complex:))

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