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    Support St. Michael’s church

    by Muscovite Written Dec 19, 2013
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    I was going to write a full-scale story on this impressive landmark, but with the eye surgery this month and another in the nearest future I don’t know when I will get to my computer again.
    The community is really in need of financing, they don’t seem to afford to pay the keeper, an elderly signora, and the church is only open two hours a week.
    Whoever has time and energy, please try to get the local diocese to start a foundation, or open a bank / PayPal account, whatever, and make a Happy Christmas.

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    Ventimiglia Market Day #1

    by al_mary Updated Mar 7, 2013

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    Ventimiglia Market Day is Friday

    If you like to shop, enjoy an adventure,
    like meeting new people, & appreciate
    finding a wonderful bargain, then the
    daylong open air market just across the
    French border in Ventimiglia, Italy.

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    Ventimiglia Market Day #2

    by al_mary Updated Mar 7, 2013

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    Ventimiglia Market Day is Friday

    If you like to shop, enjoy an adventure,
    like meeting new people, & appreciate
    finding a wonderful bargain, then the
    daylong open air market just across the
    French border in Ventimiglia, Italy.

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    Day trip to Ventimiglia, Italy

    by laxmom3 Written May 31, 2011

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    I took the train from Nice to Ventimiglia for some shopping. I had read online that they have very nice leather goods, and also having friends with a sur name of Ventimiglia I wanted to get them some gifts. The train ride was lovely, the station nice and lots of little eateries to sit outside and people watch. Walking straight out the station there are many shops. I was disappointed however as the only area to purchase real Italian leather goods was at the large market in the town square. There was amazing fresh foods, flowers, olive oils, etc. to purchase. I went to the extended streets with intent to purchase a couple large leather totes and was disappointed that the shops selling shoes, luggage and handbags were all run by Asian people with Chinese made junk. If you are interested in purchasing wine or liquor they have great bargains for these items. Make sure to come hungry and enjoy sitting outdoors for a nice meal. There were several ATM machines on the main street off of the train station, so it was convenient to take out more Euros after spending my initial lot. I purchased several Italian candies to take home to my children. Those were a bargain and unique. There is a public restroom inside the large open door market in the town square. You tip the lady running the restrooms which were clean and had stalls large enough to set down all your purchases. Very friendly people who seem to speak Italian, French and English. Would love to return!

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    Hanbury Gardens Cool Escape

    by marco2005 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    (courtesy of Fulvia)

    This is a very nice escape. If the heat is keeping you away the beach try a refreshing tour just few kilometers away, up the hill.
    Anatoli has a tip with a good description of Hanbury's Gardens @ http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/2791d/2263e/a/
    So I can skip it and give you some practical infoes.

    Opening Hours:
    Autumn:
    from the last Sunday of September to 31st. October
    open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    (exit until 7 p.m.)

    Winter:
    from 1st. November to the last Sunday of March
    open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    (exit until 6 p.m.)
    closed every Wednesday;

    Spring:
    from the last Sunday of March to 14 June
    open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    (exit until 6 p.m. )

    Summer:
    from 15 June to the last Sunday of September
    open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    (exit until 7 p.m.)

    Entrance fee: 7,50 euro (20 euro for a whole family)

    There is a little kiosk at the bottom of the gardens with snacks and beverages (check opening time).

    A website filled of info is www.amicihanbury.com/menu_english.html
    There is also the schedule of bus service from Ventimiglia.

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    Sir Thomas Hanbury gardens - La Mortola

    by NiceLife Updated Nov 23, 2005

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    Sir Thomas Hanbury having a gardening moment

    Sir Thomas was a ninteenth century entrepreneur who with his brother made a fortune trading in Shanghai. He visited Bordighera and fell in love with this area of the Ligurean Coast. He bought up land near the French border to create a botanical garden world-renowned among the plant-fancying set, La Mortola.

    In addition to lush mediterranean vegetation, the gardens are also filled with sculptures, fountains, pools, pillars, amphorae, columns, stone benches and temples on every level.

    After Thomas's death the Hanbury family donated the gardens to the people of Italy, which the people of Vintemille figured was a jolly nice thing of them to do, and responded with characteristic generosity, by putting up a statue. Upkeep of the gardens and villa is now the responsibility of the Botanical Institute of the University of Genoa.

    La Mortola is accessible by a not very frequent bus service from Ventimiglia - the tourist office will supply a timetable. La Mortola is, in my view, probably one of the finest botanical gardens in THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE and vastly superior to everything in a thousand parsec radius and you would be mad not to seize the moment and go and be intoxicated by its ravishing seductive power!

    Nearby is the Grotte dei Balzi Rossi (red rock). Here fossils of prehistoric humans, extinct animals and plants were found. Prehistoric bargain hunters, no doubt, after that must-have essential accessory, wooly mammoth skin bag.

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    Fine views from the old town towards France

    by NiceLife Updated Sep 20, 2005

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    Beautiful coast towards France

    Leave behind the market and commercial district, cross the bridge and make the ascent through narrow streets through the old town of Ventimiglia. Here from its high vantage point you can look up the beautiful unspoilt Ligurean coast towards France.

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    Bargaining with the bag men

    by NiceLife Updated Jul 21, 2005

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    Bag men, one eye out for the market police

    Everywhere people walk and there is space to stand, there are the bag-men.

    Counterfeit goods and young men with little future in their own country make a bargain of necessity. An odd trade that flourishes here in Ventimiglia as many of the visiting French prefer to haggle with them, rather than just buy in the shops and stalls. On offer, fake rolexes, designer label sunglasses and handbags, counterfeit jeans and hats, supposed Mont Blanc pens. Just be prepared to bargain and watch the price come down.

    However for real bargaining you can't beat an arab souk. True story. I was in the Gulf a few years back, and went looking for a watch with an arab colleague. To show off his prowess at bargaining, he took on the shopkeeper. Trading bluffs and insults he beat him down to his rock bottom price over fifteen minutes . "If I sell at that price my family will starve!" begged the shopkeeper. "So forty dirhams is your best price? OK, then forty it is." he said, appearing to concede a result. Then, triumphantly he rounded on him "Ah yes. Forty for one. But what price if I buy two"?

    He didn't want two watches, he wanted to another concession. Its not the money, its something else. The price? A watch he didn't want. But he got his concession, which to him was worth more .

    The law of bargaining goes like this: "If the seller asks for ten, he wants eight, but he'd settle for six, which means its worth four, so you offer him two" You have to look at it as a sort of sport. Bargaining is not very "English" - We Anglo-saxons prefer a fixed-price environment with price stickers, and the occasional "Sale! Half Price! Everything Must Go!" (eventually).

    Despite being trained by experts, I managed to get a watch down from ten euros to eight. Pretty feeble, really. I think where I went wrong was I actually wanted the watch.

    UPDATE
    Anti-counterfeiting action - last week a Danish tourist was fined £2,000 for purchasing a £10 fake pair of Chanel sunglasses - take care!

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    Even if just for the meal...

    by vibi68 Written Jun 3, 2005

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    San Remo's Matuta?

    San Remo was first named Matuzia after the rich and powerful Caio Matuzio, but a legend wants for Matuzia to come from the sea & dawn godess Matuta. Today, the city is capital of the Riviera dei Fiori, called the Flower Town... which suits very well all the flower baskets, parks, exhibitions and flowerbeds one will find throughout the city; long ago is the time when San Remo was only a simple fishermen's village, it has been since transformed into an elegant and luxurious lively town. Home to the BEST "pasta al pesto" one will ever have, its visit is worth the detour even if only for that! ...beware of the look you'll get, for Italians don't serve tap water in restaurants, coffee shops or even bars!

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    Day excursion to Dolceaqua...

    by vibi68 Written Jun 3, 2005

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    Dolceaqua

    It is really worth the 20 minutes drive from Ventimiglia into the countryside, to go visit with a true medieval town. A town named after one of its first owner, in Roman times: Dulcius, turned into Dolciusaqua, then Dolceaqua, for a river runs through it. Nestled in the small valley, the majestic Doria castle dating 1270, still stands proudly at the top of the town, courageously guarding its inhabitants ; but what Dolceaqua is really known for, is its arched bridge across the main square. The town is home to about 2000 dwellers for whom the famous Italian Rossese di Dolceaqua wine making have no secrets... a marvelous destination for a relaxed and very enjoyable excursion.

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    The largest market of the Riviera...

    by vibi68 Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    From the Friday market...

    Every Friday, the famous Ventimiglia's market vendors plant their tents to offer various merchandises to their faithfull clientele... as far as the eye can see, you will find clothes, household goods, watches, shoes, food, leather goods (beware of imitations and counterfeits) and all sorts of other bric-à-brac stuff. Arm yourself with patience if you decide to go by car, for parking will give you headaches, although not impossble; you're better off coming early morning: the market starts around 8h00 and ends around 16h00. Train is the best way to go, with only 5 minutes walk to the market. There seems to be a part of the market for new merchandises and another for "brocante". When shopping is over... one can relax in the plam trees' shade of the central park or on a restaurant's terrasse along the beach.

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    Snails: how fresh do they need to be?

    by NiceLife Updated May 11, 2005

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    Quick!. Your lunch is trying to escape!

    I always thought it was the French who loved snails, but it seems the Italians are quite fond of them too, if the stalls at Ventimiglia's covered market is anything to go by.

    Is this carrying freshness to extremes? Mrs Nicelife turned a pale shade of green as we chanced on this crate of gastronomic molluscs, whose occupants had clearly formed an escape committee. "OK Tomkins, its straight up the pillar and keep going, or we're lunch."

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    Church at Ventimiglia

    by NiceLife Updated May 8, 2005

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    Church at Ventimiglia

    As in all Italian towns, the church crowns the top of the old town.

    I wondered if Italian catholic culture had changed since I was last in a small village Italian church for Sunday mass over forty years ago. Then, the sexes were segregated, with the women all on the left and men on the right., The women were kneeling, eyes devoutly fixed on the statue of Jesus on the cross above the altar, whilst the men were constantly turning their heads away to one side, thoughts clearly on matters of a less spiritual nature.

    The children were seated at the front. When one began misbehaving, turning to a friend and talking, the priest, who was in mid sermon, stepped down from the pulpit and without breaking his oration clipped the child round the ear.

    Traditional values.

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    Parmaggiano

    by NiceLife Updated May 8, 2005

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    Ferrari or Mercedes?

    The king of Italian Cheese at competitive prices, samples if you ask nicely, half what an English high street supermarket charges. No excuse not to take a kilo home.

    The heirarchy of this king of cheeses is age. The youthful Parmsan, good for grating over spinach and ricotte ravioli, gives way to the intensely flavoured ten year matured, ready for eating in big lumps

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    The city is situated on the...

    by Tolik Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The city is situated on the Gulf of Genoa, having a small harbor at the mouth of the Roya River. Visitors can find inlets and beaches between the sheer cliffs overlooking the beautiful sea, or take a trip by boat to find the hidden corners. You have a chance to reach the most beautiful resorts of French Riviera and Ligurian Riviera staying in a lovely and inexpensive town that offers what everyone is looking for.
    The location is ideal since it is less than 20 kilometers from San Remo or Monaco. It was the ancient seat of the Counts of Ventimiglia. Ventimiglia is worthwhile visiting for a host of reasons but if you like an exceptional market, go on Fridays (be aware it is crowded). We were surprised to see liquor stores everywhere in town - there’s one on practically every corner. Once in Ventimiglia, make the most of the lower Italian liquor tax, and do as the French do: stock up on better priced wine and spirits.

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