(I'm absent. This is a pre-programmed post. Hopefully it works.)
From Menton (see previous post), Jilly kindly brought us to the nearby Italy and some extremely charming villages.
Doria was a prominent family, the most famous member being Andrea Doria, a famous 16th century Genoese admiral who gave his name to an Italian ocean liner, unfortunately especially known for a collision with the Swedish m/s Stockholm on the coast of Nantucket a dark and foggy night in 1956. The vessel with some 1700 people onboard sank, but fortunately “only” 46 people could not be rescued.
The village seems hardly to have changed since centuries. It’s full of narrow streets, alleys and tunnels. Completely charming.
We continued to another small village further up in Liguria, Apricale. We had a very nice and simple lunch, accompanied by a local wine, in a small non-touristic restaurant. Nice!!
On the way back to Menton, we stopped for a while at Ventimiglia, looking up the Roja river with snow covered Alps in the background and watching the calm sea. Two Russian girls were also there taking photos of the seagulls ... and themselves!