I know you’ve all been anxious to know of my upcoming travel plans, and now you must wait no more. They’ve drastically changed, so get out your score cards if you’re playing along at home.
After much research and a lengthy consultation at the SNCF railway reservations counter, I discovered it is much cheaper, and will take less time, if I take five – yes, five – daytime trains to get to Portofino as opposed to the overnight train. So, my itinerary is as follows:
Tuesday: Montpellier-Marseille-Nice-Ventimiglia-Genova-Santa Margherita Ligure. Leave at 5.44AM (I can’t believe there IS a 5.44 in the AM); arrive 6.20PM.
Check into the fabulous Grand Hotel Miramare in Santa Margherita Ligure, FINALLY. Walk around and find adorable place for dinner. Spend rest of the night on my hotel balcony, loving my life.
Wednesday: Lounge around hotel room, probable room service breakfast. Check out at the last possible moment; pay the equivalent of $19.28 for an evening at a five-star hotel on the Italian Riviera. Giggle. Leave luggage, have an adventure or two. Come back, pick up luggage, GO TO ROME.
Cal will not be joining me, unfortunately. It just wound up being a huge hassle with him needing to come back here; it’s an easier trip for me, as I’ll continue on to Rome.
I have the keys to Marco’s house, so I’ll just show up and let myself in. Hilarity, card games and delicious food will ensue.
BEST DECEMBER EVER.