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Buggio

One of our first proper Spring-time forays: on the vast hillside panorama fresh bright green suddenly appears among all the dark green of the conifers, and the flora is going wild with colour. We checked out Buggio, which is at … Continue reading

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Monte Bignone

Monte Bignone is, according to most guides, a popular day-trip from Sanremo; it’s very close to the shore yet it’s 1,200 metres high. We went in March. Off-season it is decidedly spooky, almost a bit Eastern European in its abandoned … Continue reading

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Visitors

Following our settling-in period we have now had no less than 4 visits! Some came while it was still cold, while the latest arrival, Melanie, got the full spring treatment, including the year’s first application of sun screen. We have … Continue reading

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Spring

Spring has sprung in Liguria – about time too! There is still snow on higher ground, but down below it is reassuringly too warm for two layers most of the time – shorts and t-shirt are go! Symbol for spring … Continue reading

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Valle di Verdeggia

We discovered this little valley only recently – it’s the source of the river flowing through our village, Badalucco. It is a small but very dramatic, sort of high-alpine, dead-end valley, surrounded by ‘proper’ mountains that are part of the … Continue reading

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San Bernardo di Conio

Remote, alpine, deserted and provider of spectacular views across gently undulating valleys towards the sea and the snowy peaks of Piedmont: the area around tiny hamlet San Bernardo di Conio is one of our favourite Ligurian spots. The panorama changes … Continue reading

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Torino

We drove to Turin on a crisp, sunny and very cold day, but on approach the city was hidden in dense fog. Once we had parked the car, though, the milky winter sun had reemerged to reveal a city so … Continue reading

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Liguria rannuvolarsi

This being an Alpine region, mist, clouds and fog are never far away. On a clear day, clouds can suddenly appear over the peaks and literally fall into the valley and within minutes the sky is totally covered. It adds … Continue reading

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Lunch

David and Toby are, of course, pathetic. By which we mean we are not super-confident, hurly-burly let’s-paint-the-town-red kind of people, at least not in the throws of a blossoming love affair (with Badalucco, that is). We prefer to let things … Continue reading

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Mare mosso

We couldn’t believe the Med was capable of such ferocity! Normally so calm and not bothered to put up a fuss, this time it was licking the coast furiously, and it was loud, proper loud. Maybe our prejudices against what … Continue reading

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