Merry Christmas from Genoa in Italy

Merry Christmas from Genoa in Italy - Lucy Williams Global

Merry Christmas from Genoa in Italy! This is where I am for Christmas this year with my husband and his side of the family.

The city is looking lovely with all the festive lights. In the area of Porto Antico, they have gone to town with giant ball balls, Christmas trees made of just lights, icicles and a huge big wheel ride at the end of the marina.

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We went on the big wheel and the views of the harbour and the city were spectacular. This was a fun ride on go on at Christmas time.

In the city centre in Piazza De Ferrari there is a little Christmas Market that surrounds the fountain, selling cheese, cold cuts, panettone, Christmas decorations, clothing and accessories and lots of other festive items and it goes on into Via di San Lorenzo.

The Christmas tree is gorgeous, especially at night with the lights shining on the square. There a giant blue and silver ball ball that lights up at night too, this seems to be a theme all over the world this year.

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The weather in the Genoa is not too bad for December varying from 6C to 13C. It is has been quite dry, with the odd rainy day, but no snow.

I am cooking a British Christmas dinner for my Italian family, so now I need to go and prepare it!

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year for 2018.

Happy Travels!

Love Lucy x

P.S Here is my Christmas Tip!

Relax with an audiobook when you need some peace and quiet! Click here to see the best books of the year.

 

Merry Christmas - Lucy WIlliams Global

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Lake Como in Italy at Christmas

Lake Como in Italy at Christmas - Lucy WIlliams Global UK

Lake Como in Northern Italy is the place to go to in the summer months, but it is also a beautiful place to go in December. It will be cold but is worth it, just wrap up warm.

The city centre is beautiful to walk around and is full of lovely shops, bars and restaurants.

Christmas Lights and Market

The city is lit up with some of the most stunning Christmas lights, not just the tradition lights. The lights are projected onto buildings.

These lights are really thought out. This year the lights were in the scenes of old houses, stars, Christmas scenes of Santa, presents, Christmas trees, snow, all in different colours.

Christmas music is playing in the cathedral square and it is magical!

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Como has a lovely Christmas market with each stall in a wooden house, selling all types of things. Including Christmas decorations, sweets, chocolates, cheeses, cold cuts, chestnuts, toys, clothing, shoes and novelty items.

The Christmas Market is beside the lake in the city centre and near the cathedral, between the streets Piazza Cavour and Via Plinio.

The beautiful lights are located all around the cathedral and theatre. In the cathedral square and in some of the other shopping areas, just keep a lookout.

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What to Wear

Como in the summer is boiling hot, but in winter it is freezing cold! So, dress appropriately in warm attire.

A warm coat is a necessity and in Italy, everyone wears a quilt type coat, as they are warm and stylish.

                        

Wear a hat to keep the wind out of your ears and warm.

         

Gloves for those cold days and evenings. I love to wear gloves that I can still use my phone with, I love my, The North Face ones.

The streets in Como are mainly cobbled so I recommend a flat pair of boots, for easy walking!

                           

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Essential Info

  • Weather in winter: 0*C – 5*C
  • Language: Italian, some English spoken
  • Currency: Euros
  • Avoid the second weekend of December as it is a bank holiday on Friday in Como and Milan (this year Friday 8th, 2017) as Como is packed!
  • The Christmas Market runs from 25th November 2017 – 7th January 2018

I hope you have enjoyed reading about Lake Como, please share on Facebook and Pinterest so your friends and family can read too. Sharing is caring!

Have you been to Lake Como in winter? What would you recommend doing?

Happy Travels

Love Lucy x

Lake Como in Italy at Christmas - Lucy Williams Global UK

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Back to Reality – Returning Home After Travelling

Back to Reality Returning Home After Travelling - Lucy Williams Global

I have returned home after three months of travelling around Alaska, the Californian Coast, Mexico, Hawaii and French Polynesia and reality has hit me!

Real life after travelling is nice but overwhelming!

If you have been following my travels you will know I travel with my husband that works onboard a cruise ship. Hence my blog tagline ‘The Travelling Wife Cruising Around the World’.

Alaska

This has been another long trip, but it was lovely to see Alaska properly. I have worked many Alaska seasons when I was still working onboard, but I never really saw much.

This time I made the most of my 4 weeks there and visited glaciers up close from a small boat to landing on top of one in a helicopter. I saw wildlife up close and totem poles.

Glacier Bay | Juneau | Ketchikan | Skagway

Californian Coast

After sailing around Alaska, we sailed south to the California coast and on the way we stopped in Astoria, Oregon. This was a new port for me and I enjoyed a lovely tour of the Oregon coast.

We then sailed to San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. The weather was great whilst in these port so I saw the Golden Gate Bridge in its full glory.

Santa Barbara was a food and drink day on an amazing food tour and LA was spent in Long Beach catching up with friends.

Oregon Coast | San Francisco | Santa Barbara

Hawaii & French French Polynesia

I went back to Hawaii and French Polynesia. It was fantastic to go back to Hawaii and French Polynesia as they are my favourites! Especially Bora Bora in French Polynesia, pure paradise.

It took a long time to get down there, only 8 days at sea! But it is worth it in the end when you get there. I got to see another new port; Pago Pago in American Samoa on the way down to French Polynesia. It is a beautiful little lush tropical island.

Hawaii Oahu | Kauai | Maui | French Polynesia

Mexico

We spent a lot of time in Mexico on seven cruises to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. They were nice for the margaritas!

Also, short mini cruises of 4/5 days either just to Cabo San Lucas or to Ensenada and Catalina Island, California. Catalina Island was another new port for me and it was a nice new place to go, a really pretty island across the water from Los Angeles.

Mexico | Catalina Island

Back Home

Since I have been back home my feet have not touched the ground. After a 14 hour flight, I have been suffering from jet lag. I wish my body would just understand and sleep at night-time!

Within two days of being at home, we have been to Lake Como, lovely but I would have preferred a week at home to recover!

Now, it is time to get ready for Christmas, our tree is up, the turkey is ordered and the Christmas shopping is done. If you need a helping hand with your Christmas shopping check out my gift guides for travellers and cruisers.

Traveller Gift Guide | Cruiser Gift Guide | Travel Beauty Gift Guide | Christmas Decorations

It’s Not the End!

I love to travel so, even though I am home there will be lots of travel blog posts from around Italy and the UK and you will be reading them very soon!

Happy Holidays

Love Lucy x

Back to Reality Returning Home After Travelling - Lucy Williams Global

 

The Ultimate Top 10 Useful Gifts for the Traveller

The Ultimate Top 10 Useful Gifts for the Traveller

The festive season is coming up very soon and will be here before we know it! If you have traveller in your family or have friends that love to travel, here is the ultimate top ten useful gift ideas for them.

Gift Idea One – Ultimate Travel List

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist: The 500 Best Places on the Planet – This is a fantastic gift for anyone looking for travel ideas and where to go to next. This compilation of the 500 most unmissable sights and attractions in the world has been ranked by Lonely Planet’s global community of travel experts.

Gift Idea Two – Kindle Oasis E-Reader

Kindle Oasis E-reader, Waterproof, 7″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi), Built-In Audible, 8 GB Wi-Fi – Travelling is a great time to read and with this new waterproof Kindle with that reads like printed paper, without glare, even in bright sunlight they can take it anywhere! The battery keeps its charge and lasts weeks, not hours. Also, if they are an Amazon Prime member they can read for free with unlimited access to a rotating selection of more than a thousand titles.

Gift Idea Three – Scratch Off Places I Have Been World Map

 

Black Scratch Places Off World Poster – Large Places I’ve Been World Travel Map – This is such a fun gift for a traveller with #travelgoals. Instead of pinning the places they have been to, but scratch the country off!

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Gift Idea Four – Luggage Tag and Passport Cover

Travel Set

Everyone needs a luggage label! A passport cover is nice to have when travelling a lot to protect it from wear and tear.

 Gift Idea Five – Protective Covers for Valuables

Noaks Bags Set | 5 piece (XS/S/M/L/XL) Protective Covers – These are more of stocking filling, but such a handy thing to have while travelling to keep all the valuable items clean and away from water damage. Also good for keeping food in while travelling all day.

Gift Idea Six – Travel Laundry Bag


Travel Laundry Bag – It is much nicer to have a laundry bag than just a grocery store plastic bag! Also this is nice when travelling home to separate dirty clothes from the clean in your luggage.

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Gift Idea Seven – Travel Journal

Leather Journal Notebook – Every traveller needs a journal to write down their experiences from around the world to remember those special memories.

Gift Idea Eight – Packing Cubes

eBags Packing Cubes – 4 piece Classic Set – These are the useful packing item to organise your clothes and fit more in your luggage. I cannot live without these! 

Gift Idea Nine – Microfibre Towel

A microfibre travel towel is so handy as it dries quickly and is antibacterial. It can used it on the beach, swimming, gym, as a yoga mat, camping, backpacking or just in your bathroom. This is a large size 132cm x 81cm and comes with a free hand/face cloth and comes in a box, so easy to wrap up!

Gift Idea Ten – Backpack

Waterproof Laptop Backpack with USB Charging Port, PRITEK Anti-Theft Travel Backpack Fits Up to 15.6 Inch Laptop –  This backpack has it all for days sight-seeing on the move and so handy to have USB charging port for their phone or tablet. 

 

 

All the recommended products are available from my favourite online shop Amazon! As it is your one-stop shop. So, why not take advantage of free delivery on many of their products by signing up for a free Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial!

Also, today is Cyber Monday so there are lots of great deals on Amazon.co.uk so hurry and check it out! To see all the great deals click here.

I hope these ten useful gifts for the traveller have helped you with your up coming shopping! What would you ask for?

If you enjoyed reading about this gift guide, please share on Facebook and Pinterest so your friends and family can read too. Sharing is caring!

Happy Travels

Love Lucy x

The Ultimate Top 10 Useful Gifts for the Traveller

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