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  • Day6

    Ferry - Train - Ferry

    June 9, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    The 4 berth cabin I had booked on the Sicily - Naples crossing was only made up for 2 - yes, no fighting for space. However, on catching sight of my bunk mate I suddenly wasn’t so sure. A hefty built Sicilian wearing leathers and chewing gum, I assumed he was one of the many bikers I had seen on boarding at Palermo. He was monosyllabic and made no attempt at conversation, despite my best efforts in pidgin Italian. He sported a permanently startled look with high eyebrows - wait a minute - he didn’t appear to have any eyebrows - could they have been painted on, like a bus conductress of old? Surely not - and yet if I closed my eyes I could just hear the gallus announcement of an SMT matriarch ‘this is a country bus, ye cannae get aff afore Faifley’.

    The sail away from Palermo harbour was beautiful. It was a lovely sunny evening as we pulled away from our moorings and the splendid back drop of rolling hills that surrounded the capital. I felt guilty I hadn’t seen much of the place, but the purpose of the trip was as much, if not more, about the travelling experience itself, and doing a bit of a recce for places I would like to return to. Arrivederci, Sicily.

    By the time I was tucked in my comfy berth, my room mate was getting ready to hit the nightlife of the Atlas, with a garish outfit which, coupled with the aforementioned eyebrows, gave him an uncanny resemblance to the drag queen, Divine. In the process of his ablutions, he managed to break the shower head off, leaving it in pieces on the floor. Ah well, I thought, it’ll be a Paisley boadywash for me in the morning.

    After the usual Italian disorganised disembarkation, I made my way to Naples Central and caught the train across the width of Italy to Bari on the Adriatic coast. Like most Italian cities, Bari grew on you with a little perseverance. Newly pedestrianised streets lined with designer shops, and a lovely old town complete with the ubiquitous cathedral. And then on to another ferry - this time from Bari to Patras in Greece. Here’s hoping Divine doesn’t have the same travel itinerary.
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  • Day53


    January 4, 2018 in Italy ⋅

    In a word, Bari for us was all about food. The girls commented that all we did was eat in the 24hrs. There was very fresh seafood, fine Barisene food, fantastic sgagliozze aka polenta chips and the best gelato so far.

    Our waiter from dinner proudly declared that he learnt to speak such good English from Netflix.

    In the medieval laneway, ladies would sell their homemade pastas and biscuits from their front doors. They would sit in their homes with the front doors open, a table set outside displaying their produce. They would shout their conversations to each other, as their hands busied with rolling and shaping orriechiete, 1.5 cm ear shaped pastas.

    In the evening, we finally saw a live nativity scene complete with dancing fluttering baby angels in front of a church just around the corner from our apatment. The locals were so welcoming of us, we were offered hot chocolate (we declined), and homemade biscuits, which we were obliged to accept. A man was most insistant that we walk amongst the scene which to our embarrassment, we did and got into everybody's way. It was such a happy and warm atmosphere that no one minded. Even when the crowd spilled into the street and blocked the flow of traffic, not a horn or impatient shout was heard.

    However, the next morning, Bari became the only place where we were told to leave a church (not the nativity church). We are still not sure why.

    Lastly in Bari, it took us only 2 hrs to see all the sights. Sum total of 2 Basilicas and 1 castle.

    The most important and significant find at the Basilica Santa Nicola, was that Ruby's patron saint is Saint Nicholas, aka Santa Claus. Very apt as He personifies Christmas and he is also the Saint of persons without certain undergarments. She was here to venerate her patron saint's remains in this Basilica. This Basilica is used both by the Orthodox and the Catholics.
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  • Day2

    Bari, Italy

    December 16, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    A late start today; we docked in Bari at 2pm. So we spent a lazy morning on the boat. A buffet breakfast included fantastic Nutella filled doughnuts (and, mercifully, free coffee). We spent some time reading in the room before lunch - cruising can sometimes feel like you are merely existing between meals!

    Bari was a quirky and slightly disappointing little town. The mix of old town and new was well documented but it all just felt a little soulless. The Basilica of Saint Nicholas was the star attraction of the including relics of the saint and some beautiful painted ceilings. Apparently a well-known pilgrimage site there was an odd mix of tourists with selfie sticks and people taking part in religious acts.

    Through the narrow alleys of Bari, we headed through the sleepy streets to the Fort - sadly not open. Above the port where the old town is centred, we walked through the new town's wide central shopping street heading for the 10th century Castle. Alas, despite it's heritage, excavations and apparently having been visited by St. Francis of Assisi, it was mostly now an exhibition space and little information about the castle was actually given. The display of chillis outside the castle walls was similarly odd!

    So, we headed back to the ship. A pleasant little stop but probably not one we'd visit again. However, with a day at sea tomorrow we've planned breakfast in bed...So there's something to look forward to!
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  • Day4

    Land in Sicht

    May 9, 2018 in Italy ⋅

    Pünktlich zum Aufstehen um 6:30 Uhr ist Land in Sicht und wir erreichen den Hafen von Bari. Unser Kapitän hat das gestern schon angekündigte "Rennen" um den besten Liegeplatz gewonnen und läuft vor der Mein Schiff 2 (die wir von der Ostseekreuzfahrt gut in Erinnerung haben) in den Hafen ein.
    Heute ist der einzige Tag, wo wir früh raus müssen, weil wir heute einen Ausflug gebucht haben.
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  • Day38

    Auf nach Albanien

    November 18, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Wir sind irgendwie fertig mit Italien und entschließen uns recht spontan nach einer Fähre Richtung Albanien Ausschau zu halten und fahren dafür straight in den Hafen von Bari. Abends um 22 Uhr fährt auch schon eine, so können wir noch am Hafen kochen und auf der Fähre dann direkt ins Bett (Was auch gut so ist, wegen des starken Seegangs...) Resi schläft natürlich super, weil sie denkt, sie würde die ganze Nacht geschuckelt werden. Morgens um halb 9 legen wir in Durrës an und merken direkt, dass es die richtige Entscheidung war! Die Albaner haben einfach den besseren Humor. Schön ist es doch, wenn man schon vom Einweisungspersonal auf der Fähre begrüsst wird mit "Hello Angela Merkel". Da erinnern wir uns gerne an unsere Tramptour vor acht Jahren zurück...die Straßenverhältnisse haben sich auch noch nicht sonderlich gebessert. Dafür haben wir direkt vier Freunde gefunden, die zum Cafe an der Straße einladen... und in welchem Land gibt es sonst am Straßenrand einen Shop für Freiheitsstatuen und sonstigen "Kleinfiguren" für den Eigenbedarf oder Abenteuer-Abendessen im Schein der Kopflampe bei Stromausfall...Read more

  • Day8

    Bari to Dubrovnik

    June 30, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Inzwischen habe ich Reisegeschwindigkeit erreicht. Hatte ich in Rom und Neapel noch Zeit gemütlich mich treiben zu lassen, habe ich das Tempo mittlerweile erhöht. Schließlich liegt noch ein weiter Weg vor mir :)
    Morgens um 7 bin ich knapp vier Stunden mit dem Bus nach Bari, habe mein Gepäck eingeschlossen und habe mir ein paar Stunden die wunderschöne Stadt angesehen, nachdem ich am Hafen meine Tickets für die Fähre abgeholt hatte.
    Ein echter Kulturschock nach Neapel in diese gepflegte Stadt mit vielen kleinen Gassen zu gelangen, dazu wunderschön an der Adria gelegen. Schade, dass ich am Abend schon wieder auf die Fähre musste. Geschlafen habe ich an Deck auf dem Boden. Kabinen waren schon lange ausgebucht. Dennoch habe ich erstaunlich gut 5 Stunden schlafen können, um danach den ganzen Tag Dubrovnik zu entdecken. Denn morgens um 8 war ich dort und konnte mein Gepäck direkt abgeben und losdüsen. Aber dazu später mehr 😉
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  • Day7

    Auslaufen Bari

    September 5, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C


    Nachdem wir jetzt den Tag am Strand waren und die beste Gelato Italiens gekostet haben, sind wir wieder auf der AIDA angekommen.
    Das Wetter ist immer noch Traumhaft bei lockeren 26 Grad.
    Zum Auslaufen gibt es jetzt eine Runde Volleyball.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Bari, باري, Бари, বারি, Μπαρι, باری, Bary, בארי, बारी, BRI, バーリ, ბარი, 바리, Barium, Baris, बरि, Барі, 巴里

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