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Alberobello

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  • Day58

    Bari und Alberobello

    June 21 in Italy

    Als erstes fahren wir in Bari in eine Fiat Werkstatt um das mit dem Kühler checken zu lassen. Unser Camper hat sich allerdings selbst geheilt und wir haben nach dem Tag an dem wir zu Fähre mussten kein Wasser mehr verloren. Nachdem wir dem italienischen Mechaniker dank Google Übersetzung (gibt es als App mit Spracheingabe und Konverationsmodus - einfach genial aber auch sehr lustig sich so zu unterhalten) unser Problem erklärt haben, kriecht er kurz unter das Auto. Er erklärt uns, dass wir einfach immer schön die Temperatur im Auge behalten und einmal am Tag den Wasserstand kontrollieren sollen. Wenn wir liegen bleiben sollen wir den ADAC rufen. Für mehr hat er eh keine Zeit. Super, Problem gelöst... oder halt auch nicht. Bei der Gelegenheit sehen wir, dass wir einen fetten Riss im Reifen haben. Bei genauerer Betrachtung stellen wir fest, daß die Straßen in Albanien dem kompletten Reifensatz den Rest gegeben haben. Somit haben wir jetzt zwar keinen reparierten Kühler aber einen Satz komplett neuer Reifen.
    Von Bari aus fahren wir nach Alberobello, wo wir einen Spaziergang durch die sehr schöne Altstadt machen und beim Weiterfahren noch eine Höhle anschauen.
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  • Day359

    Up and out around 10am, heading into town. This world heritage site are limestone houses, unique to this area. They're built as either cylinders or squares, with conical roofs and very uniform colours, making them very unusual!

    The town has two main districts of them, so we drove in, parked up and started wandering and filming. It's surprisingly touristy, and basically every trullo house was occupied by a souvenir shop! Apparently it's because lots of cruise ships call at the port of Bari, and this is only an hour's coach ride so it's a popular day-trip option (much better than exploring Bari for a day).

    We wandered up and down the narrow streets for a while, going in and out of some of the shops, but mainly not going in as we weren't really interested in buying tourist stuff. I found it interesting that they're built with limestone because this area has no water sources - they had to build big cisterns underground to trap rainwater, and used the remaining stones to build houses.

    And despite looking like "traditional" houses, most of them aren't more than a couple of hundred years old. Nobody really knows why they have the distinctive form either, though a popular theory is that the cone roof and no mortar meant it was easy to knock down (and then later rebuild) when tax inspectors came calling.

    Some houses are painted with religious symbols; mainly Christian, but some Buddhist and a few pagan ones as well which was interesting. I'm not sure why, and again the "tradition" actually seemed to be pretty recent.

    The other district of trulli houses on the other side of the city seemed to be much more for locals. Nobody around, no tourist shops, and actually largely deserted. Not quite as picturesque, but just as interesting to wander around. And probably a bit more atmospheric as well, without people constantly offering you the chance to step inside their shop, it's free and no obligation to buy!

    Anyway. Our host had recommended a particular restaurant for lunch which we went to - sat outside in the sunshine which promptly disappeared and left us shivering! The food was great though, we both had local pasta varieties (Shandos with ricotta and tomato, mine with mushroom and sausage), followed by a meat course (Shandos had pork fillet, I had local cheese wrapped in prosciutto). Bread, a drink and coffee/fruit for 16 euros each, not too bad!

    Did a little more wandering but we were basically done so headed back home and stayed in for the evening.
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  • Day358

    Day 359: East to Apulia

    February 8 in Italy

    Time to hit the road again! Left the apartment around 9am, grabbed a train to the central station and then the bus out to the airport. Yep, it's rental car time again!

    Pick up was a bit frustrating, because although we got through the paperwork quickly, the lady said to just wait out the front and they'd bring the car around. So we waited, and waited, and waited. The staff were of course just chatting away. Eventually I went over and enquired politely about which clown was running the circus, and was given the car. The car itself is fine (a Renault Captur), but the damage report had literally nothing marked on it! Three of the four wheel rims were heavily scratched, both mirrors had scratches, and three of the four corners of the car had scrapes on them as well. And the inside stunk of cigarettes, but there's not much I can do about that.

    Finally we were away, facing a long drive across the mountains to the south-east coast. Mostly freeway, and the drive was nice enough. Stopped at McDonalds for lunch since it's honestly just the easiest option when you're on a road trip. Italian restaurants and cafes aren't really set up for people driving past, you're more expected to sit down and take your time which can be really frustrating. So burgers it was.

    After about 3.5 hours of driving (and a 20 euro tollway charge!) we arrived at our apartment in Alberobello, south east of Bari, on the heel of the Italian boot. This area is famous for "trullo" houses - limestone houses with conical roof shapes and pinnacles. We're staying in a modern-ish one, attached to a newly built house. Our host wasn't around but her non-English-speaking mother welcomed us and showed us around. She thought I could speak Italian, but I got the gist of most of it - it's amazing how much even with zero effort you can learn just by immersion within a month or so.

    Tired from the long drive, we made a quick run to the supermarket for dinner and then stayed in for the rest of the afternoon/evening. We're staying on the edge of town, and will have a full day exploring tomorrow.
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  • Day12

    Alberobello

    June 11 in Italy

    Gestern am Nachmittag sind wir in der Heimat der Trullos angekommen.
    Wir haben einen schönen, etwas abgelegenen Platz für das Wohnmobil bekommen und uns, statt bei Dämmerung in die Stadt zu laufen, Trullas gucken (ich habe Fotos der beleuchteten Rundhäuser gesehen, das sah richtig schön aus), häuslich eingerichtet und entschieden, den Ausflug auf den nächsten Tag zu verschieben und erst mal unser Grillgut aus dem Kühlschrank zu verarbeiten.
    Auf dem Platz davor ging das ja wegen der Mücken nicht. (Mann, waren das viele! 😲)

    Danach konnten wir noch bis spät in den Abend bei einer sensationellen Dämmerung draussen sitzen und Karten spielen.

    Auch hier in der Nähe hörte ich wieder diese speziellen Tierrufe, bei denen ich mir immer wie im Zoo vorkomme.
    Sie verfolgen uns bereits seit dem Gardasee.

    Da wir hier endlich mal funktionierendes WLan haben, musste ich im Netz nachschauen, ob meine Vermutung stimmt. (Der Mann wollte mir nicht glauben)
    Siehe da, es war wirklich ein Pfau. Der auf die Rufe aus dem Netz auch zu antworten schien. 😆
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