July 31st, 1999

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Welcome to Italy.

Here is part XXI of our European Holiday Flash Pages.


Greetings & Salutations Groovers,, ;-)

Just a quick change today. We've updated the "Flash Page" to show our visit to Genoa, Italy. There was not a hell of a lot to see other than pimps, hookers and junkies. The highlight of Genoa was meeting an old merchant sailor who owned the restaurant we ate in.
Hopefully this letter finds you all as fit as a malley bull and twice as dangerous.
Ruth and I are just off to our favorite little "Ma & Pa" diner for breakfast. It's a real hole-in-the-wall joint with the original early 70's furniture (isn't the retro look in now?) and décor, but they have the best bacon and eggs we've had here in the States. While it's no where Australian bacon, it's pretty good.
Thank god we have finished working weekends at work. As part of our Y2K efforts at Micron, we had replace all 486 systems and that meant working weekends as well as trying to knock them over during the week.
Having said that, there is no rest for the wicked though. The ongoing joys of owning a hundred-year-old house. In about an hour I'll be on the upstairs back porch finishing of the replacement due to it leaking into the mudroom and laundry. We've completed most of the tear off and are just waiting for a contractor to help putting the new roof "skin" on so we can walk on the porch again.
The ongoing shed building saga continues, the shed was meant to be completed inside 30 days beginning April 19th. Here we are over three months over schedule and they have just finished installing the siding. I had the electrician over this morning helping me rewire the back porch and he told me that the contractor is a real pain in the arse, as he wants everything done the cheapest way possible and not necessarily the correct way. It takes the sparky twice as long and triple the cost to do the inevitable re-work. He did say that he'd look after me with our shed, a little beer always works wonders.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Stay Happy ;-)
Ruth & Fitzy

Genoa, Italy SEPT 1998
This is the hotel we stayed in whilst in Genoa. It was right in the middle of the "bad" portion of the harbor town.
Genoa, Italy SEPT 1998
The hotel towels were literally paper thin. You could get drier using toilet paper.
Genoa, Italy SEPT 1998
We didn't visit the house where Christopher Columbus was born. According to the locals "if you saw the house, you know why he left".
Genoa, Italy SEPT 1998
Another damn Italian rip-off road side stop. This one made it to the photo files by charging us $16-00 for a quart (250ml) of diesel engine oil for the rental car.
Genoa, Italy SEPT 1998
Hootin' up the highway!
Genoa, Italy SEPT 1998
This is the old border crossing station between Italy and France.
Genoa, Italy SEPT 1998
Viva La France. Mmmmmmm..... NO!!! Although you left the toll booths behind in Italy, you also left the friendly people as well.