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March 3, 2014

Let's Cross Over // San Remo // TRAVEL GUIDE.

I went to Europe to study, but I also did a lot of traveling. One of my first stops was San Remo. I was living in Nice and San Remo was just a short train ride away. The tickets were cheap and I had a Friday afternoon to kill. So, me and my faithful companion (best boyfriend in the world) decided to just go. I did a little google search, I liked what I saw and that was it!  The next day we were ready to go!

I'm known for doing things with very little planning. I wouldn't recommend it, but things have worked out pretty well for me so far. However, if you're reading this post you're probably doing at least some planning. I'm not full of myself, but if you're going to San Remo this post is more than enough information. The city is very tiny and, specially during the winter, there's not much to do. But, you're gonna see it in the pictures, the city is beautiful, the beach is beautiful and there's a casino!
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The city is actually pretty small. It's part of an Italian region called "Liguria" which is also known as the "Italian Riviera". Just like all the small cities of the coast of Europe (Nice, Cannes, Monaco and many more) San Remo's highlights (in my opinion) are the casino, the beach, the port and the center. 
        
In that note, let's start with the Casino. I don't know if it's because where I live we don't have casinos but they are always my favorite part - they always make me feel like I'm in a glamorous movie scene, just like 007. 
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Unfortunately, I couldn't go inside because I forgot my passport and I'm not from the EU so I couldn't go inside with just my ID. - believe me I really hate myself for that, so please learn from my mistake and ALWAYS bring your passport. Rookie mistake, guys! 
           
Next we went to the beach, even though it was winter, it was a beautiful, sunny day as you can see in the pictures, just a little cold. We did a picnic there, because let's face it we are poor students. 
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After the beach we headed to the port to see all the rich people's boats and to watch the sunset. There you can find a lot of very cute restaurants and bars if you want to eat with a gorgeous view. We were poor students at the time, still are actually, so we skipped drinks!
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And then, on our way back to the center we did a few stops for shopping (AMAZING SALES IN ITALY - I bought a pair of boots for FIVE euros, yes that's right FIVE EUROS !), gelattos, coffee and some pizza. When in Italy, always stop for pizza, you'll never regret it!
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To finish things off, my tips to anyone who is thinking about going to San Remo are: 
  • No need to stay the night. Sure, if you are looking for a romantic getaway with your significant other, it's different story and in that case I think you're really going to enjoy your time there.
  • You can easily visit the whole city in one afternoon. 
  • Go with an empty stomach. If you love food, Italy is the place to go. You're going to get lost in all the pizza, gelatto and pastries (my personal favorite sfogliatelle - just try it and you can thank me later)
  • Enjoy the sales. Seriously people, boots for 5 euros - I don't think I need to say more. 
  • Last but not least, take your time. The city is small and you'll have plenty of time to explore it, no need to rush. 

That's it, guys! I really these were helpful. We had a wonderful time in San Remo and I'd highly recommend visiting if you're close by. I went during winter, so we didn't get to do a lot of things. I think this city during the summer would be a lot more fun!

Have you ever been to San Remo?
What's your next destination?

Let's hang some more!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!
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