Thursday, September 6, 2012

An Accidental Beach Town in Italy - Sestri Levante

Okay, I really need to get better at reading train schedules in Italy.  We were on our way to what we thought was the Italian Riviera beach town of Portofino, known for celebrity visitors (Dolce & Gabbana! Armani!).  We ended up in a different beach town, Sestri Levante.  Luckily, this wasn’t as bad as the Great Train Mishap of 2012... Sestri Levante was breathtaking.  And for less than $20, we had the time of our lives.

 
Sestri Levante reminded me of an Old Florida beach town, complete with colorful murals, lots of umbrellas, and dozens of beach clubs.
 

But nothing about Sestri Levante impressed me more than this:

I’ve lived in Florida all of my life and I’ve never seen a beach toy like this!  Here’s a view from afar.

Clearly this is not us on board, but you see the kind of fun that's commencing!
 
Nothing is more relaxing and straight up fun than paddleboating around the Ligurian Sea and going down a slide RIGHT ON YOUR BOAT.  We went down forward…

 
Backward…

 
And jumped off the side…


Here I am at the helm while my captain directs the way.

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When I got back to the states, my sister-in-law helped me look into buying this kind of vessel for our waterways.  A little pricier than I thought at almost $2,900, but I feel like it could be an investment!

Who’s in agreement with me that all beaches in the U.S. need this kind of paddleboat on the water?

Total Cost: €15/hour, almost $19

Best Deal: Following our boating trip up with gelato from a shop called “Simone.”


It's actually called Simonetti, but I just stood in front of the "tti!"

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