While we were down in the South of France, we took a road trip to Italy for the day. Ventimiglia, the first Italian town past the border, is about forty minutes from Nice, and San Remo about an hour. Mr M and I travelled a bit in Italy in the pre-children days, but never this far north, and so we were keen to see what it had to offer.
The drive was totally straightforward, and it has really put us in the notion to venture further on future trips. We’d love to visit Verona and the lakes as a family, and could totally manage it if we sandwiched a couple of nights stay into our France time. Definitely something to think about for next year!
A few photos if you’d like to see…
We took this first lot before we set off. It was quiet and shady in our little courtyard and we didn’t feel too intimidated setting the camera up! I don’t know about you and your family, but I find that we have so few pictures of the five of us together these days. Anyway, this was our attempt. The ones of the kids and I were Mr M’s test shots! 😉
^^ this one really makes me giggle because check out Noah and Annie’s expressions! Also, Mr M only realised after that he’d left his sunglasses on. 🙂 We call this our ‘mafia family shot’. Ha!
We made a beeline for coffee as soon as we arrived in San Remo. Much as I love French coffee, you really can’t beat the Italian stuff and it fully lived up to expectations.
Annie had Cioccolata which is basically warm chocolate custard. It was amazing, we were all super jealous, and no hot chocolate will ever compare again. If you are visiting Italy any time soon, hunt this stuff down! 🙂
Gelato!! (Also, I really loved this building. All the doors on this street were so tall. Shops for giants! 🙂 )
San Remo old town is very pretty, and very typically Italian, but we did find it incredibly intimidating too. We wandered along the route that we had read about online, but came across some very shady characters. If you look in the background of this photo you can see a man standing with a baseball bat. We only realised this when we looked back through the pictures at home, but the whole atmosphere of the place screamed ‘Avoid’. I’m pretty sure it was some kind of drug den that we stumbled upon, and I’ve never been so glad to get out of anywhere in my life! I’m sure it’s not typical of this area, but there’s definitely a lesson there in sticking to areas where there are lots of other people!
Our children are such fussy eaters, but never take any coaxing with pizza. Noah told us the other day in fact that his top three loves were Frankie (his toy Koala), pizza and then us. Good to know we come in at number three there! 😉 So, pizza it was for lunch then, and I had this one. It was more like a giant bruschetta really (no cheese and the base was drizzled with garlic oil) , but still really delicious!
It was exciting and different to visit somewhere new and, dodgy drug dudes aside, we did really enjoy our trip. The accessibility of places in Europe is something we’re not used to, living on a little island, but it definitely makes me want to venture further in the future too!