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Our first day in Italy involved quite a lot admin and preparation, so we just went for a short spin to test out the bikes. We headed down the coast from Rapello, where we were staying, to Portofino.  We stayed in a super hotel, Villa Luisa. Friendly and helpful staff.

Richard planned a route that involved us climbing up some goat trails.  But when we got to Portofino, we popped up the hill to Hotel Splendido, which is indeed splendid. We spent a small fortune on a cup of coffee and a juice.

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Here I am.

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Some lovely flowers, and a monster yacht in the  harbour.

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The coast road to Portfolio is very pretty

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The beaches are rather full.

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Geoff arrived in the evening, he flew from Cape Town, via Scippol, to Milan, then via train to Chiavara. Our base for the next 3 days. Alas, his bike didnt arrive. We had a few beers and a pizza at the local pizzeria. George instructed Richard on the combustible properties of Sambuca.

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