We’ve now reached Genoa, Italy’s largest seaport, and the birth place of Christopher Columbus. From my hotel room I have a wonderful view of the Mediterranean, and today the sun is shining brightly. I’m really enjoying this trip, with stops in most of Italy’s main cities. Whilst Genoa may not have the touristic lure of Rome, Florence, Milan and Venice, it is a fascinating place to visit. Moving inland from the port, the land rises steeply up to the city centre, with its enormous palaces, once the home of wealthy Genoese merchants, and now home to civic offices, museums and big business. Last night four of us walked around trying to find a restaurant – not so easy on a Sunday evening where most of the city centre restaurants are closed. Eventually we found a great place to eat, with wonderful fresh fish.

Tonight we sing the last of the Italian concerts of this trip in the Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa’s principal opera house. Tomorrow we head by train through the mountains to Switzerland for a concert in Riehen. It’s not a bad life…


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