North Vancouver, British Columbia
June 16, 2006
The pretty seaside town of Ventimigila is near the border between France and Italy. The 27 room Hotel Seagull has been well kept by the Lorenzi family for more than 40 years. It is on a waterfront street in the Marina San Giuseppe neighbourhood. Our room, complete with a comfortable balcony, offered an unobstructed view of the Mediterranean Ocean. At night, the lights from Menton France sparkled brightly.
In early October, the area was not pressured by crowds and the weather was pleasant. We enjoyed walking along the waterfront and to the town centre which was about 10 minutes away. There are many restaurants close to the hotel and we chose one that specialized in seafood. I ordered the fish soup and a huge bowl of tasty broth arrived, stacked with shellfish and other small finned creatures, no doubt straight from the ocean. I couldn’t begin to name any of these and, to be honest, I was a bit intimidated by the whole fish style. At home, I’m likely to eat filleted fish devoid of bones, eyes, tails, and fins. However, travel is supposed to provide new experiences. Right?
There are many activities in the surrounding area to interest visitors. You can run over to Monaco and drop a few bills in the casino, or you could head into the Ligurian countryside and visit an olive mill and the delightful museum of the olive in Imperia.
Hotel Seagull offers all the services one might expect in the air-conditioned rooms: full modern bath, television, computer hook-up, hair dryer, etc. On the main floor is an elegantly furnished lounge with bar and tables. Sliding doors open to a large flowered terrace overlooking the ocean. The ground floor area is where the included breakfast is served.
The staff here was friendly and efficient with English spoken well by a few. We paid about €80 a night which seemed a fair bargain for a nice waterfront place on the Italian Riviera. The hotel has a good website with English: http://www.seagullhotel.it/.
From journal Florence to Ventimiglia