91km of 3201km so far…
First morning in Italy and just after I packed my bike, I started looking for the equivalent of a boulangerie to get my breakfast. I didn’t find exactly what I had in mind, but one of the delicatessen I went in had some fantastic pies, so I bought a couple along with a piece of pizza. From now on croissants will be replaced by pizzas and baguettes by focaccia, which I don’t mind at all.
San Remo has an old city as well, so I spend some time wondering around its nice alleys. They are similar with the ones in France, but in these ones the houses are connected together with small bridge like supports.
I left the city and by accident I joined the costal cycle path that runs for about 20km. I have to say it is probable one of the best I’ve been so far in terms of construction, simply because it is build on top of an old rail track. That means it is completely flat and even if the car road has to go above hills, the cycle path is going within tunnels. It also has emergency phones and picnic areas with running water every kilometer. And all these are by the coast, so what else can you ask?
I went through many towns and villages and most of them had a similar atmosphere and an old part wit small alleys. It was one of them though, where I found something very interesting. In Laigueglia, there was a wall in one of the squares that was covered with little hand painted tiles and each one carried a name and a signature. There were also loads of lockers connected one to each other. I tried to find out what is the story behind it, but unfortunately the young people I asked didn’t speak English, so I only understood that the tiles are made by famous people and the lockers are put there by lovers to symbolize that their love is locked or something.
I continued north-east by the coast again until I got to Finale Ligure, where I looked for a camping to pitch my tent.There were a few around the area, but I chose the one with the less starts. The guys gave me a discount without even asking and he was happy to give me the password for his wifi. This is just the second time I have free wifi in a camping, so not a bad choice at all.