DAY 10 Monday 30 May 2005


Breakfast at 0730 ready for the expected trip to San Marino at 10.30, then 11.45 and finally we departed at 1200. That left most of the morning to look at the seaside resort of Riccione. Plenty of shops with wonderful clothes and gifts, but with prices geared to the wealthy European rather than those with Kiwi Dollars. The view up and down the beach is one of sunbathing to the max - obviously they do not have the UV levels we experience close to the South Pole. By late morning the beach looks like a mass stranding of beached whales, bleaching in the sun.

Riccione beach from our hotel window
A closer view of the area where sunbathers lie like beached whales
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San Marino 

 The bus trip to San Marino takes you inland then a steady climb up to the mountain republic. It is a tourist mecca, the drawcard being the lack of taxes. The town is full of shops selling perfume, jewellery and alcohol. None is top-of-the-line, but it is relatively CHEAP! Like so many Italian cities, San Marino is full of tourists and seems to exist mostly for the benefit of tourists. (See the San Marino website for more information...)

We walked the streets., peered into many shops and purchased various small objects. After all, New Zealand is a long way off and everything has to fit into a suitcase (or 2).

The mountain that is San Marino from a distance
Starting to climb up the hill to San Marino, taken close to the cable car terminus
From the top of the cable car looking onto the surrounding area
The Town Hall of San Marino
The Council Chamber>
One of many shops, this one with a cat gracing the window display

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