I'm kicking myself for not yet getting back to Genoa yet this year thanks to this sensitive and gorgeous report. It's been much cooler than here in Tuscany the past few weeks. In my experience Italian will be better understood in Nizza than French in Gênes. The words in the old city-regional dialect of Nice (which they still use a lot, at least for for names and signage) look much closer to Italian than French to me.
I so much appreciate the close attention to this thread from all of you, and especially how everyones comments enhance it with facts and details.
That is a very high compliment, Fumobici ~ thank you. Maybe we'll all figure out a creative way to hit a city where none of us live for a grand Anyport meetup. Genoa seems like a good candidate. It's certainly a place to which I'd return.
Next up is one of Genoa's jewels, the Aquarium. Built for Expo '92, it is the largest in Italy. The next three posts will be mostly fish. I give my blessing to just scrolling past, but hope you will all return to the thread afterward for the wrap-up to this long report on Genoa. Someone asked if I had visited the Staglieno cemetery. Yes I did (omg!) and it will get a thread of its own. Anyway, time for fish ~
Who doesn't love an enormous tube of live sea creatures?
I know what you mean, LaGatta! I used to like to fish, but once I kept fish in aquariums and ponds, I just couldn't do it anymore. Hypocrite that I am, I will eat them if someone else catches them.
My Aquarium ticket included the Biosfera. I'd been eyeing it ever since arriving in Genoa, so was eager to get inside. Honestly, I was kind of disappointed. It was pretty small, didn't seem all that well tended, and except for a bunch of orchids and four or five birds, that was it -- no butterflies, even. That'll teach me to judge a bio by its sphere.
I had to be careful opening the door to go back out as it was obvious these two had leavin' on their minds ~
Back outside, I had to bide my time until the Bigo was scheduled to ascend. I used time wisely and had a gelato while I waited.
Everybody knows that I am a sucker for aquariums since I have already shown the one at La Rochelle and also at the Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg. I have pencilled in plans for another aquarium this year, but now it will have to wait at least until September when school is back in session. So many underwater creatures look so otherworldly that I feel like I am visiting different planets.
The view from the Bigo is beyond spectacular. I pity people who try to avoid doing "tourist things."
I would only avoid the tourist thing of the Bigo because I don't like heights. Unfortunate because the view is indeed spectacular, especially Bixa's shot of the beige building with paintings on it (city hall?). However, it also leads me to wonder why on earth they built an overpass in the middle of that area, elevated like that. I understand traffic is a problem everywhere in cities but it looks like such a 1970s approach to city planning.
I have never liked aquariums, nor pictures of fish in National Geographic. Not sure why, but then I came upon Bixa's photo of the snake and scrolled by even faster.
Ok ... off to plan a visit . So Genoa seems to have just about everything I love in a city and the aquarium - icing on the cake. I know this is wrong but the outside of the cathedral ( and some of the inside) reminds me of one particular liquorice allsort
So right about how alien fish seem, for creatures we take for granted our whole lives, Kerouac. It wasn't the kids who were a pain in the aquarium, rather the teachers with loud, quacking didactic voices. And they say Italian is a beautiful language!
Glad I could provide a workout for your index finger, Bjd. I like going up high to take pictures and the Bigo is a great way to do that without having to climb. Because it's enclosed, you don't get that feeling of being able to go over the edge the way other high places can make you feel.
LaGatta, that fun bit of wall art has another level of meaning: Research on the trade of jean fabric shows that it emerged in the cities of Genoa, Italy, and Nîmes, France. Gênes, the French word for Genoa, may be the origin of the word "jeans".source
The ultimate compliment, Lugg ~ thank you! And yes, I had the same feeling about the stripedy cathedral.
Yes, I actually knew that about Gênes = jeans and Nîmes (denim) as words for workwear coming from sailors and dockers in those Mediterranean port cities.
The Scalabrini-founded centres have a lot on NYC, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires, but I haven't found a lot there about NOLA, home to many Sicilians. Obviously I turned up stuff from other research, but I fear a lot of it is on worn-out floppy disk. v¸https://cmsny.org/publications/imr-immigrants-in-the-lands-of-promise/