After breakfast on a rainy morning, we left Varenna, heading to Liguria. The sun was out by 10AM, and we arrived at the Doria Park Hotel at 1:00, checked in, and headed into the piazza for a pizza lunch.
Afterwards, I had a delicious gelato combination of watermelon and crema (tasted like a watermelon 50-50 bar).
We wandered around town, exploring, then walked back up (85 steps I would at times hate...) to our room for a nap before dinner.
Our room was completely unsatisfactory for me. There was a jacuzzi tub, with big metal hard "bubbles" all over the bottom. There was a tub height hand-held shower, but i couldn't get in the tub with those big bumps, so my first shower was taken sitting on the bidet near the tub, with my head hanging over the tub to wash my hair. Not good! They were able to change our room, but not until the next morning after breakfast.
We met Fiona and Steve at 7 for cappuccini and a walk around the harbor. We were finally hungry by 9 and had a long dinner at Ristorante Gulfo dei Poeti. Dinner was great, though they were very busy, so service was slow. Brad and I shared a plate of trofie with wonderful Ligurian pesto sauce.
Next, I had calamari fritti, and Brad had a perfectly cooked sea bass.
With two bottles of wine, our bill was 47 Euro per couple. Brad and i stopped for gelato (chocolate and whisky for him, and meile/ricotta and blueberry for me).
We had some internet time in the hotel lobby, and finally went to sleep around 2 AM!