Vele d’Epoca di Imperia

This past weekend (9/11-9/12), we took a trip to Imperia.  Located on the Ligurian Sea, Imperia is the perfect weekend getaway.  It’s easily accessible with a train and depending on your needs, there are several schedules to suite you.  We took the 7:30am train which take the “northern route” through France.

Our trip was for Vele d’Epoca.  Every 2 years, the city holds a Regata.  It’s kind of a big deal as TONS of people turn out every year.  Carlo had gone back in 2004 and really enjoyed it.  He had been looking forward to it and we luckily were able to find a hotel at the last minute.

So, arriving was a cinch since there are 2 train stations depending on where your hotel is located and it walking distance to anywhere you want to go.  Once we settled into our hotel and freshened up, we took a walk into town to check out the action.  I found it to be very relaxing and peaceful. I didn’t think much of it until I walk up some small stairs near the pier and saw this…..

I immediately fell in love with Imperia.
then I turned around and saw this….
and this…
As we walked, we saw so many boats and yachts all from different parts of the world.  There were flags from several countries along the boardwalk.  Since we were there on the anniversary of 9/11, I wanted to pay my respects by posing with Valentina in front of the American Flag.
And because we are in Italy, we did the same with the Italian flag.
We continued to walk and admire the boats that we’ll never have..
and watched the town light up the sea below..
By the time we were ready for dinner, it was 9pm and all of the restaurants we went to were full.  We finally just waited at one until they could seat us.  The wait for a table was only 30 minutes but by the time we actually ordered and got our food it was 10pm.
Since we were in Liguria, we had to definitely have some Focaccia!
and because you can’t go to the sea and NOT have seafood…
This was seriously.. the best seafood dish I’ve ever had!  I always thought I hated Mussels and Clams but to be honest.. I had never tried them until now.. and holy moly are they freakin’ yummy!!  I especially enjoyed the fact that the owner brought out a live lobster to show me what an ‘Astice’ was.
(Since Carlo blanked out and couldn’t remember what it was called in English)
Because we ate so late, we missed the 11pm fireworks (because we were still eating) and by midnight we were done.  The only thing that could have made this night better was if the restaurant actually served coffee.  Yup… NO COFFEE for Carlo!.. I asked him if he was absolutely sure we were still in Italy!!
 We had a great time and will definitely go back before the next Regata.
Vele d’Epoca di Imperia
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