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Costa Cruise 2009: Genoa and Savona, Italy - Geek Turned Athlete

Costa Cruise 2009: Genoa and Savona, Italy

Hey all!!  It has been forever since I have blogged!  At least 14 days seems like forever.  🙂  I would have posted while I was there, but at .50 euro cents/min ($.75/min) I don’t think so!!!  It was nice to have a break from the computer anyway!!

We got back from our cruise yesterday, and after a 10 1/2 drive home including a minor car accident (we are fine, but Steve’s truck will need a lot of mechanic lovin’ soon), we were exhausted!!  I would have posted last night except that we had to sort through 1135 pics.  We managed to narrow it down to 782 pics.  Because of the massive amount of pictures, I will be posting my cruise in segments.  This segment is about our drive to Savona (our port of call) through the Swiss Alps and Genoa, Italy. DSC03915 The Swiss Alps were freaking beautiful.  There were tons long, long tunnels through the mountains.  There were gorgeous lakes.  We were so much in awe of the scenery, that we forgot to whip the camera out for most of it. DSC03919

After eating all of those snacks that I packed the night before, we arrived at the hotel starving for a “real” meal!  Hummus is great but when you’ve eaten nothing but that, chopped veggies, and pistachios for 9 hours it drives you (at least it does for me) crazy.

We stayed at the Holiday Inn in Genoa, Italy for the night since Steve had some points there.  It was brand new, and had a very modern vibe to it including motion sensors for all of the lights.DSC03964






DSC03923 It was brand new, and right by the water.  It was the nicest hotel room that I have stayed in Europe.  The bed did not have a crack in it (much to Steve’s disappointment, to my happiness!!), like most German hotel beds.  DSC03924 Usually, they throw two twins together and call it a king.  I can’t cuddle with Steve since the crack is very uncomfortable, so I hate it!  Steve loves the crack since he doesn’t have me trying to cuddle with him the whole night!  Too bad, haha!

Anyway, we changed and went downstairs for dinner.  We were bored and had some time to kill before the food came. 😉

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Let me say, that this pasta was the best pasta that I have ever had in my life.DSC03944

The pasta was cooked perfectly.  The fish stuffed in the ravioli along with the pine nuts, tomatoes, and herbs were so fresh!!  It was amazing, and you better believe that I ate every bite!  I ordered a green salad, and much to my surprise it was literally a green salad.  Imagine this without the beans or dressing.  Just lettuce.DSC03946

Steve was nice enough to share some of his white beans cooked in olive oil, basil, and garlic with me to put in my salad.  I just used the balsamic vinegar and olive oil on the table for dressing.  The Italians don’t mess around with their olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  I wanted to drink the olive oil out of the bottle, but I didn’t want to embarrass Steve.DSC03954 They were absolutely amazing.  I love authentic Italian food!!  It is so much better than in the states!

After our dinner, we decided to go downstairs and get a drink.  DSC03955


DSC03959 I was so dehydrated from the car ride, I didn’t feel like drinking so I had some steamed milk with a little bit of sugar while Steve tried an Italian beer.  I don’t think he was impressed, but my milk was perfect!


We wanted to walk around, but we both were pretty much dead at that point and opted for sleep instead.  We awoke to this view from our balcony:DSC03976



It was such a great start to the day.  We decided to walk around the town for a little bit before we had to drive to Savona (about 45 minutes away) to board the ship.  DSC03985 I thought that it was funny that there were so many mopeds everywhere!!!

We stopped and had some breaky along the way at a little cafe.  It was so odd to see people going up to the espresso bar, ordering a shot or two, then leaving.  We must had seen 20 people come in and do that in about a 15 minute period.  We had a great time just people watching and listening to the language.  DSC03981

DSC03978 Of course, some cappuccinos, a croissant, and a prosciutto and cheese sandwich…



DSC03982 What else would you have for breakfast in Italy besides something with prosciutto?  Mmm!  It hit the spot!!

Here are some more pics from our drive to Savona from Genoa.  DSC03991


There is our ship!!DSC03998


This was my first cruise (Steve’s second), and I was so excited!  I was also a little nervous because Costa is an Italian cruise line, and considering Steve and I don’t know Italian, we had no idea how the cruise was going to be!  The next post will be about the ship and Barcelona, Spain!!

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  • The Big Blue Dog December 9, 2009, 1:57 pm

    I’ve missed reading your posts!! But can’t wait to hear about your trip! The pIctures are beautiful that hotel is amazing! And that breakfest is making my tummy growl!!

    Glad you made it back safely!

  • Tricia December 9, 2009, 2:58 pm

    Everything looks absolutely beautiful!

  • Good Taste. Healthy Me December 9, 2009, 4:30 pm

    OOoOOooo I am so jealous! This looks absolutely amazing. I want to do this cruise so bad!

  • lucy December 9, 2009, 9:40 pm

    dearest nickie and steve, i have been searching everyday for a comment on your cruise. Now i know you are back and had a good time. keep blogging!
    love, grandma lucy

  • Susan December 16, 2009, 3:57 am

    Hi Steve and Nicole.

    You both look great and I enjoy seeing your pictures. Take care.
    Love you both
    Aunt Susan


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