San Remo by Instagram (mostly)


Hearing the name San Remo, I’m reminded of my teens. Not that I was ever there then; what I remember is reading about it in the weekly mags, specifically about the glamorous princesses of Monaco going to San Remo for shopping.

Sometimes I’m surprised how the impressions from childhood – or, I suppose, teenagehood, remain with you through the years. Even such insignificant ones.

A few months ago, I was in Nice. Hopping across the border to Italy for a quick peek at this mythical shopping mecca of Monegasque royalty seemed a good idea.

San Remo by Instagram

My sojourn in San Remo was a short one, just about an hour. But what did I find?

Not so much shopping. That is probably just me. Shopping might have held my interest once, these days not so much. The only shopping I engaged in was buying a few of these tempting mele. And gelato, of course. (Too busy eating the delectables (coconut by the way) to capture it on film iPhone. Sorry.)

Instead I discovered a pleasant beachside town with pastel houses and a harbour with yachts prow to prow. It’s the Riviera, after all.

San Remo has about 57 000 inhabitants. Despite the relatively small size, the town had a surprisingly impressive railway station. These are the walkways from the trains to the entrance/exit. Miles and miles of walkways. At least it felt like miles and miles.

The rail route from Nice to San Remo is very scenic for much of the way, especially where the tracks hugs the Mediterranean coast. Choppy waves on this October afternoon made for dramatic views.

For a more in-depth look at San Remo – or indeed anywhere along the Riviera – hop over to the excellent Easy Hikers. If La Bella Italia is what your heart desires, the equally excellent and very comprehensive Italian Notes has all you need, including tons of recipes for easy-to-make Italian treats (even I can manage this super delicious spaghetti al limone). If you want to see great travel photos from around the world, the always interesting Travel Photo Thursday is for you.



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16 Responses to “San Remo by Instagram (mostly)”

  1. Maria 13 December 2013 0327 #

    Love the San Remo railway station – you’re right, it is impressive!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 December 2013 1705 #

      - and unexpected in such a small town.

  2. jenny@atasteoftravel 13 December 2013 0818 #

    So often we have either passed by San Remo or driven through it with out stopping, always in a hurry to our next stop! We really must stop and see for ourselves what this town is all about!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 December 2013 1706 #

      It is worth a stroll and closer look.

  3. budget jan 13 December 2013 1230 #

    We visited San Remo several times while staying in the mountains behind it. We drove our car sometimes, caught buses from San Remo and rode hired bicycles along the ocean road. Loved it!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 December 2013 1707 #

      Glad to hear it.

  4. Muza-chan 13 December 2013 1530 #

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      Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 December 2013 1707 #


  5. Cheryl Howard 13 December 2013 1939 #

    Looks like a beautiful place. Fab Instagram photos!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 December 2013 1708 #


  6. Marcia 14 December 2013 0432 #

    Fabulous shots, especially of that station. It’s great to be able to visit a place that you’ve known about for so long. Hope the reality matched your expectations – even if you’re not so into the shopping these days.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 December 2013 1709 #

      Different from what I expected (which I think was an Italian version of Saint-Tropez); cosier.

  7. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} 14 December 2013 1022 #

    I like the juxtaposition of the old church right before the miles of modern walkway. The choppy waters is a great photo, too. Isn’t Instagram fun?!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 December 2013 1709 #

      Lots of fun :)

  8. Mette 26 December 2013 1338 #

    Thank you for the mention. And for this mini guide to an inconspicuous town that is known throughout Italy for the flower parades and the annual song contests.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 2233 #

      Would love to see the flower parade. Next time I’ll plan better.

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