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Digital Subscriptions > Italia! > Jul 2019 > OUR LIFE IN LIGURIA


Kristin with her niece Erika on the Italian Riviera
Image courtesy of Kristin Jeune

Edinburgh-based Kristin Jeune (pictured with niece Erica) and her husband Martin Franks own a two-bedroom apartment between San Remo and Imperia on Liguria’s western coast. They usually spend a fortnight there every summer, another fortnight in the springtime and a week in the autumn. At all other times they offer the property for holiday rentals.

What drew them to Liguria? “My sister has an apartment near Nice in the south of France,” Kristin explains, “and we used to stay there often.

During one visit, Martin and I took a train along the coast into Italy, and we swiftly realised that we liked it there even more than on the Côte d’Azur. It was a bit less crowded, more relaxed, friendlier. When we thought about buying a holiday home, this was the area we knew we wanted to be in.

“Our apartment is on the top floor of a self-contained, low-rise group of buildings situated about ten minutes’ walk from the beach. It’s in a really nice setting, with small jungly gardens on either side of our block. It feels quite secluded, despite being within easy walking distance of the sea and the shops. It’s quiet, and there’s no traffic going past us. We have two bedrooms, a living room, small bathroom and kitchen, and best of all there’s a goodsized balcony – big enough for four people to sit round a table. We take every meal on the balcony when we’re out there.

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