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Aug 22, 2010 - Bari, Italy

Sunday, August 22 - Bari, Italy - Today we are in Bari, a sweet little city with a small town feel. There is a new part to Bari and there is an old town. It’s Sunday so not much is open, but enough in the touristy areas to get a feel for it. The people are friendly and warm. This is the home of St. Nicolas, his remains housed in the beautiful Basilica di San Nicola. So if you’re feeling Christmassy, this is the place to be. OK, so it doesn’t have the snow or reindeer that you’d expect, but the Basilica di San Nicola does house the bones of...

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Aug 15, 2010 - Leaving Greece, back tomorrow. Leaving Italy, back on Saturday.

August 15, Sunday - We got up early, and took a taxi to the airport. We caught our first flight to Rome without any trouble. There was not much excitement in Rome (except we almost missed our boarding time for the flight to Bari where we catch the ship). When we arrived in Bari we collected our luggage. We stood at the Taxi stand but no Taxis were to be seen. A man came walking down the sidewalk, waving his arms, and asked us if we wanted a taxi. We said yes and he said “follow me”. He lead us to the parking lot and a car that was...

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Oct 25, 2009 - Gallipoli

Up at 07:30 to walk to Lecce train station to catch a 09:45 train to Gallipoli. Discover that train doesn't operate on Sunday; instead there's one bus, #31, but it's not till 10:20. Oh well, early start to the day. 10:10 and the gates to the bus yard are still locked ? I walk around the corner to check buses along the street and see #31 pulling away from curb at 10:20 with a destination of V. Gallipoli ! Rapidly go get Lidia and into the info office at train station to determine what is going on; we'd been repeatedly assured the bus leaves...

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Oct 24, 2009 - Lecce

Morning of 22 Oct we receive confirmation that we ahve the aprtment in Rome for the month of November. Pack up and off to the train station for journey to Lecce. Circumvia to Napoli and Eurostar to Lecce via Bari. On the Eurostar ride I watch & listen to a group of four rather rough looking characters speaking in an Italian dialect; piccha ya sef in Bruukalin wit da guys. As we pull out of Bari station a young lady returns to near us and exclaims " My computer bag is gone !!" So are 'Da guys' ! I've no proof but they were the only ones with...

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Oct 14, 2009 - At sea

Time for an easy day! Seas calmed down - sun came out. Breakfast in bed - stretch class in the gym followed by aerobics - then siesta. Lunch in the restaurant with Anita from Auckland. Afternoon we diverted for a medical emergency - a young boy who had broken his arm in several places left with his family by the tender and then taken ashore to hospital. A snooze on a deck chair out on the deck. Formal dinner tonight followed bt an excellent show.

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Where is Shirley?

Oct 13, 2009 - Bari, Italy & our "overnight" ferry ride

We woke up and peered out the window after what we thought had been an extremely smooth, 8 hour, overnight crossing from Bari, Italy to Durres, Albania. Imagine our shock when what we thought would be our first view of little-visited Albania turned out to be same view from our cabin window as when we boarded the ship the previous night - the port of Bari. Unbeknownst to us, after we had tucked ourselves into bed for a good night's sleep, the harbourmaster closed the port because of bad weather, so we had never set sail! Not the most...

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Oct 13, 2009 - Bari

Rough seas meant a delay and then stuck out in the harbour trying to get to port. At 3pm they cancelled all optional tours so didnt get to see the truffle houses. 3.30pm an emergency landing for disembarking & embarking pasengers - we got to stretch our legs on land for 1 hour. It was cold and gale force winds. Then it was back out into it. The seas calmed down a bit through the night.

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Where is Shirley?

Oct 5, 2009 - Far South

We were definitely in the wrong place to make a quick escape to Turkey. Airfares from Florence to Istanbul required the receipt of a mammoth fiscal stimulus in order to purchase same. I wanted to take the train via the Balkans but I could not get much info from the Italians which I wasn’t at all surprised about. So to undertake a train journey may have required hopping off in several spots and sorting out the next leg, which we are happy to normally do, but time is creeping by and Turkey is big and apparently very interesting. We...

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Aug 14, 2009 - Friday 14th The No Day…

Both in terms of achievements and answers!! Drove down to Bari as planned, as we were a day ahead of schedule we wanted to get to Croatia a day early, so we got to ferry office at 2pm no probs but then found out it didn’t open until 6.30pm. So back to the van and into Bari centre. Spent the next 2 hours traipsing around Bari to try to find a MacDonald’s for an Internet connection. Finally found it, checked they had wireless, Yes they had! got our milkshakes then sat down to start uploading blogs but more importantly do the work that Michael...

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Aug 7, 2009 - Croatia via Italy

Getting to Dubrovnik was always going to be a pain. I had to catch an overnight ferry from Greece, and then wait all day in a small Italian town called Bari to buy my ticket and catch another overnight ferry to Dubrovnik, Croatia. For some reason I couldn't buy the ticket from Italy to Croatia while I was in Greece, and an attempt to buy it online would have resulted in a 30 euro (approx $50) booking fee, and this for an e-ticket! I don't think so! So I decided to risk it and just head to Italy and then go straight to the ticket office....

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Kirsti's Odyssey

Apr 12, 2009 - The Ferry

Today we left Rome and headed to the ancient city of Pompeii. The town was buried in ashes and soot following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. After waiting a bit for a tour guide to arrive, we to a tour through the city ruins. I was surprised how much was left intact and how widespread the city was. We walked past the the theatre, then along the larger streets and down the some of the smaller ones. The roads were made of stones, and had stepping stones as crosswalks, so they wouldn't have to step in a puddle of water when it...

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Ultimate Europe 2009

Mar 28, 2009 - Quiet beaches

Friday 27th March. Up in the morning and off again after a walk along the front and taking a few snaps in the sun and breeze. The coast road runs, in the main, on the level on land that must have built up from deposited sand over thousands of centuries. In the main the beach was lined with camp sites and holiday villas but now and again there were small villages maybe existing on fishing and light industry. All the way though you could see the mountains not more than 5 miles away. At lunch time we stopped for a picnic near Sibari on a...

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