Gran Torino – Part Uno

I knew I should have started sooner! Well I started at Curves to get ready for the trip, little did I know that we would be walking 12 miles a day. A great way to work off all those chocolate croissants, gelato, and pizza we have been putting away.

Yesterday was for the most part a train ride from Nice, France on a regional train that stops at every little “hamlet” along the way.

Train from Nice France to Ventimiglia Italy

Train from Nice France to Ventimiglia Italy

You could almost call it the Greyhound of Italy? Everyone gets on and gets off  and the train roll to the next station. The beaches are not crowded this time of the year as there was not many swimmers.

Eventually we arrive in Ventimiglia again for a 2 hour lay over.

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Ventimiglia Train Station

street from station into town of Ventimiglia

street from station into town of Ventimiglia

 

Then we are on to Genoa (Genova) where we depart the train, run into town for a quick bite at a local establishment. Then back to the station passing by a statue of Christopher Boles. Oops! Christopher Columbus who hailed and sailed from Genoa. Then on the train to Torino.

We taxi over to the hotel Lingotto at the old Fiat Factory. Just wait before you shift gears and get the wrong impression of where we are staying. This building was where FIAT used to make cars and test drive them on the roof years ago. After FIAT moved its location, rather than tear down this facility, it has been renovated in to a major shopping mall that is endless shopping. Linda will describe that for you ladies. I think she said something about shoes?

Yes! As my friend Robin would say we could shop till we drop. This mall is similiar to the mall of America but located in Turin. Four stories high and everything you can imagine from Cinema,sporting shops, designer apparel,restaurants and even a travel agency.This hotel is joined to the mall and has gardens in the middle.The room has heated towel racks,complimentary brush,razors sponges tooth brushes and all the soaps and lotions you could want. To my surprise much more than the description when we booked.

We heard about a place called “Eat Italy”. After wandering through this huge mall we found our way outside and across the street at this place. Walking in it looked like an Italian grocery store. We ask the young man who greets everyone where the places to eat were. He explained in Italian that in the back were the small restaurants, one for meat, fish, vegetables, and pizza.

Eat Italy Vegetables

Eat Italy Vegetables

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Interesting beans

Interesting beans

tomatoes I have never seen

tomatoes I have never seen

view of Eat Italy grocery section.

view of Eat Italy grocery section.

 

Wandering into the back of this place filled with all kinds of wonder fresh foods we sit down to vegetable lasagna and fresh risotto.

Quick dinner at Eat Italy of vegetale lasagna and risotto vegetale

Quick dinner at Eat Italy of vegetale lasagna and risotto vegetale

Our day here in Turin (Torino) started at 6 am, wide awake and ready to take on the day. Here at LH Lingotto, our hotel has been absolutely a wonderful experience. We were upgraded to a suite which could be like a small apartment.

LH Lingotto walkway to your rooms

LH Lingotto walkway to your rooms

Lingotto mall park setting inside of the old FIAT factory.

Lingotto mall park setting inside of the old FIAT factory.

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