Genova, Italy: Getting Lost In The Winding Seaside Streets

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The Italian seaside city of Genova (Genoa in English) marked the final leg of my European adventure.

As Italy’s largest port, it has a rich history as one of the country’s most powerful and important cities. From a tourist’s perspective, it is often overlooked, as foreigners focus most of their attention on Rome, Venice, Florence and the like. This is a mistake. Genova, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, has lots to offer.

Porto Antico
Porto Antico

The port of Genova, the city’s economic engine offers some lovely views. Taking a stroll along the Porto Antico, you’ll see a impressive display of yachts and sailboats. It’s a great place to people watch and a popular meeting spot for locals.

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Stepping away from the waterfront, you can turn up one of Genova’s winding streets or alleyways. This is probably the city’s hallmark. It’s both lovely and disorienting at the same time. I ended up getting all turned around my first couple of trips through the city’s streets, which feel more like a maze than urban planning. Take a look at the google satellite view below, you’ll get an idea of what I’m talking about.

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All these little streets are filled with houses, shops and restaurants. There’s no central area where you go to find a grocery store, there’s a butcher or market around every tight little corner.

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All these little maze-like streets eventually lead to squares, which are usually home to churches or other important buildings.

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Before getting to Genova, my Italian cousin advised me to try some Focaccia during my visit. It’s a flat, oven-baked bread that kind of resembles pizza, but it’s quite different. I tried a few different varieties from different shops, but the best one was this cheesy, garlic‚ focaccia al formaggio‚  I found just off the old port.

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focaccia al formaggio

I didn’t get to spend as much time in Genova as I would have liked, as I was up against the clock, a flight from Paris to Canada waiting for me. If I go back to Italy, I’ll be sure to give Genova the proper attention it deserves.

Photos: Ottawa 67’s Exhibition Action

The Ottawa 67’s hosted the Gatineau Olympiques in an exhibition game at the Clarence-Rockland (CIHA) Arena in Rockland on Friday, September 6, 2013.

Travis Konecny, First Overall OHL Draft Choice
Travis Konecny, First Overall OHL Draft Choice

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#3 Defenseman Troy Henley, 2nd round selection in the 2013 OHL Draft
#3 Defenseman Troy Henley, 2nd round selection in the 2013 OHL Draft
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#26 Dante Salituro
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#12 F Tyler Hill
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#4 Finnish defenceman, Alex Lintuniemi, the second overall pick in the CHL Import Draft
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Goalie Jacob Blair
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Trevor Dulong
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#5 Slovakian Defenseman Adrian Slobota

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Press Release: Francophone Cinema of the World Comes to Ottawa

OTTAWA (February 28, 2013) РFilms from across the French-speaking world are coming to Ottawa at the 11th annual DiverCinĩ Рles ĩcrans de la Francophonie du monde film festival running from March 8th to March 17th.

Organized by the Embassy of France to Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage, in partnership with the Canadian Film Institute and the ByTowne Cinema, this year’s festival will feature eleven first-release films from Africa (Algeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal), Asia (Vietnam), Europe (Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Romania and Switzerland), the Middle East (Egypt and Qatar) and Canada.

Award-winning films from the past year are being screened for the first time in Ottawa, including: La Pirogue, a Senegalese entry, which competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Rebelle, a Canadian film that competed in the Best Foreign Language Film category at this year’s Oscars and L’enfant d’en haut, which received a special mention from the jury at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival.

A special Canadian Short Film Program, featuring a diverse body of French-Canadian works is also scheduled for Tuesday, March 12th at Club Saw. This special program is being offered free of charge. This year’s festival also includes English subtitles in the majority of the films while also catering to a young audience with family friendly screenings.

“Francophone cinema explores contemporary issues in French-speaking societies around the globe in thought provoking ways, says Canadian Film Institute Director Tom McSorley. “We’re excited to be bringing eleven of this year’s most captivating releases to Ottawa.

“The DiverCinƒ© festival offers us once more an opportunity to pay homage to the talent and the creativity of filmmakers in Canada and in the other countries of the Francophonie, says French Ambassador Philippe Zeller. For the 11th year in a row, Canadian Heritage and the Embassy of France have come together around DiverCinƒ© to celebrate the cultural diversity of all the French-speaking countries of the world through cinema.

With the help of its media partners, TV5 and Radio-Canada, DiverCinƒ© aims to express the identities, imaginings and cultures of the French-speaking world in all its diversity. Its programming gives prominence to films selected for major international festivals and gives Canadian audiences an opportunity to see first-rate movies created by filmmakers from a variety of the world’s French-speaking countries that are rarely screened in Canada.

For complete details visit www.divercine.com and visit our Facebook page for interactive content, trailers and updates at http://www.facebook.com/DiverCineFestival.


Download the Festival’s electronic press kit:
http://www.cfi-icf.ca/media/guides/divercine_2013_brochure.pdf