One of the things I love about arriving in Genova, is catching up with the people I know. Last Tuesday I had plans meet up with Outi, an ex-photography workshop client who lives here in the city. Like me, she fell for with this place but unlike me, she managed to move here.
We met where everyone meets, on the steps of Palazzo Ducale, and immediately headed inside for coffee and much-conversation. We had months to catch up on before deciding we would set off for the port area as Outi had international provisions to buy - spices from Thailand and Africa and,being a port city, there are two supermarkets jam-packed with foods from all over the world.
Lunchtime rolled round and my idea was that lunch at Trattoria Ugo, where she hadn't yet eaten, might be a good idea. Oh ... it was a very good idea. They do things with anchovies that really need to be tasted rather than explained.
I worked through the afternoon, fighting a huge desire to nap, then met with Barbara for an aperitivo at the end of her working day. She took me into one of the old cafes here, down in the ancient part of the city, and we caught up on much over hot chocolate.
It was a talking/working kind of day. A good day spent with good people.
The photograph below ... a glimpse of one of my favourite carruggi here.