Genoa

 

by the time i edited these photos, i have already spent 4 days in cinque terre and am on my way to venice.  it was fun but very tiring in cinque terre that i just didn’t have the time or energy to do any photo editing.  however, with a 4 hour train ride to venice, i got the chance to work on the photos.  i chanced upon a new way of photo editing.  i zoom in really close to a person’s face and try to make the face as clear as possible with distincting shape and shadows.  after zooming back out, the rest of the picture generally looks really nice.  so, here are the results.

 

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we just checked into the hotel and immediately started treking towards antico harbor.

 

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we had to go through a maze of alleys to get there.

 

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genoa is not a tourist hot spot.  it’s hey day has long past.

 

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hundreds of years ago, it used to be a trade center.  but, somehow, trading at this particular harbor city declined and so did its wealth.

 

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what’s left is a lot of grand roman architecture but worn like the people who lives there

 

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average age in genoa is one of the highest in italy despite what you see above

 

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despite its stature as a ‘has been’ walking around genoa was actually fun

 

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i think the ratio of tourists to locals is somewhere like 1 to 1000.

 

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and, there’s an electricity in the air.

 

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people in italy generally like to go out to walk about at night.

 

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but there seems to be more going on.  despite this city being so worn, it seems to be quite not so stuffy.

 

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get this feeling of solidarity, of identity

 

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perhaps with age comes sense of self

 

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as you will see, neon lights a plenty in the alley ways

 

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corridors filled with shops and restaurants

 

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with a rare tourist here and there scanning through the la card.

 

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with no one watching their backs as they walk through these tight alleys without looking over their shoulders.

 

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finally some “wheeled” traffic as we get closer to the harbor

 

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scooters a plenty

 

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we chance upon a “slow food” festival where vendors gather to sell their culinary craft

 

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african music or is it carribean?

 

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handsome italian men selling roasted sardines seem to be a hit with the crowd

 

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actually, just about every stall seemed to be a hit eventually as the crowd profuse from one area to another

 

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picturesque eh? almost clown scary

 

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on our way back to our hotel after we got our fill at slow food festival

 

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we were like… it’s getting dark in these alleys with no one around

 

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then all of a sudden, we hit a street where there’s some heritage night going on

 

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turns out to be some world heritage street with stuff going on all night.

 

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each heritage building opened to display their gardens

 

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adorned ceilings

 

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there were a whole lot more to see but i am too tired to show you all of them

 

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almost back to hotel.  only spent a nite here but genoa seems to be a great place to retire.  hope you liked the photo editing. ciao