20.06.2012 - 20.06.2012
We started my birthday celebration off at breakfast prepared by Gianni at casa kiwi. It was Wonderful as always. Birthday toasts all around. Then we headed off to a beach that Gianni said was very quiet with wonderful water in Bobasssola. We drove to sestri levante and took the train. Before we boarded the train, brenna asked me to go with her to the bathroom......it was co-Ed. And it didn't have stools, only a hole in the floor where you are supposed to straddle with your feet in the little forms. uGH! I decided to wait . There was no one one the train and it arrived on time and delivered us in the heart of town where the beach was located. We followed Gianni's instructions to a secluded part od the beach that was not packed with people. Brenna and I ventured into the clear calm water to hunt for shells, but there weren't any.....only rocks......beautiful rocks! We selected some special turquoise ones to make the trip home with us. I had my first encounter with a topless bather. Some people should know better and this woman obviously didn't.
After our swim we met up with Donda at a cafe and had lunch. This time it was not only delicious, it was inexpensive.....we loved it. After lunch, we took the train to the next village and did some sight seeing before we headed back to Sestri Levantre for dinner at Dela Vela (another recommendation from Gianni). We me up with Hannis and Britta, the German couple who is staying at our B&B and they joined us for dinner. I had grilled fish.....it came as a whole fish.....Hannis showed me how to filet it. All of our meals were great, and the total cost for all five of us was less than our meal for 3 in Venice. We had a lovely evening. A perfect birthday!