― Ellen Potter,
Because it's late (almost 1 am our time), I'm not going to write much tonight. We arrived in Barcelona this evening after an interesting flight (cough) on Vueling Airlines, a low-cost carrier owned by Iberia Airlines. The Australian guy who sat next to me is a steward on a private yacht and was on his way to a three-day vacation in Barcelona because he felt the bar scene in the city would be great.
I've included in this post some photos I took in Genova today. It was a gloomy day, and that made the gritty city seem even dirtier.
"Why is that?" he wanted to know.
"Because as sad as I am to leave Italy," I told him, "I'm glad to get out of Genova. Ugh. It takes a little of the edge off of my sadness."
I know there are people who probably love the place, but I'd like to talk to them to see what I missed. We both thought that it showed a lack of pride in the city to let it rot away the way Genova is. Oh, well. The street in the above photo is a main street filled with hotels, restaurants, and shops. It needs a good washing.
The portico in the photo above is across from the Genova Aquarium, *the* main tourist attraction in the city. Cheap souvenir stands, fish stalls, and cheap restaurants line the three-block portico. The cleanest place there was a McDonald's.
We were in Piazza Ferrari this morning, and it appears someone is cleaning an absolutely beautiful building in that area. If you look at the photo below, you can see that the stones on the left side of the photo are pinker than those on the right.
Tomorrow (or much later tonight since it's already Friday here): Of Vueling, Australian stewards, and Spanish taxi drivers