January 13-14
On the first evening, looking out of the common room window, there was an extraordinary sunset (see photo). So many differently coloured layers. I’ve never seen anything like it.

I spent a couple of full days in Bordighera, which I liked a lot. It’s the town where Monet came with Renoir and found inspiration. Palm trees and orange trees and not too much modern hustle and bustle. Lots of interesting alleyways and stairways with cafes and coffee shops everywhere. In France and Italy, the pavements are wide enough for cafes to have tables outside, so there are always people on the street relaxing. It gives such a different vibe to that of Britain’s streets. I loved exploring (getting lost in..) the alleyways of the old town.