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  • Day166

    Agricampeggio San Georgio

    October 4, 2020 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    Nach langer Fahrt angekommen auf dem Agricampeggio San Georgio. Dort gab es Auberginen, Paprika und Tomaten zum selberpflücken, Esel zum streicheln und dicke Kröten. Zum Meer ging es durch einen Pinienwald. Als wir dort angekommen sind waren wir schockiert von dem vielen Plastik in den Felsen und im Sand...
    Nach zwei Tagen fuhren wir weiter bei Nebel und schwülen Temperaturen an Steinwüsten entlang und vorbei ein alten Hoteltempeln, die ihre besten Tage schon hinter sich haben, bis nach Maria di Léuca.
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    Doriana Hug

    Wie gut, das euer Zelt auf dem Auto steht. Die Kröte im Schlafsack wäre mein Albtraum.

    Martina Bösch

    ... Zumal du deinen Prinzen schon neben dir hast. 😄

    Gina Unverricht


    Dariusz Wlodarek

    Immer weniger kemper 🤔

  • Day10

    Torre dell Orso to Otranto

    September 13, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Today was a busy day with a lot of variety and walking. Full buffet breakfast again then easy on-time bus to Otranto.
    Dumped luggage and walked along the coast to Baia del Orte. Strong northerly winds had whipped up a good swell and surf. Even saw several board riders later in the afternoon. It was a hard walk using rough paths and sadly there was too much swell to swim. Went inland to the very red Cava di Bauxite filled with very green water and walked home quickly using the road.

    After a stop at the ordinary B&B, I walked north and managed a swim from the beach, then fig and almond and coconut gelato for a late lunch.
    Then finally some culture. The cathedral floor showed the tree of life with the trunk leading down to the altar, featuring Alexander the Great. A side chapel holds the bones of 800 Otranto people massacred by the turks in 1480. The downstairs crypt was a sea of columns.
    Then to the Byzantine Church of St Peter which was built on the highest point of Otranto at the beginning of 10th century when the turks occupied the town.
    Ordinary dinner choice on the castle walls.
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  • Day46


    February 20, 2020 in Italy ⋅ 🌬 12 °C

    In der Kathedrale Santa Annunziata in Otranto befindet sich ein grosses Mosaik (10 Mio. Steine) aus dem 12. Jahrhundert vollflächtig auf dem Boden des Gebäudes. Der Künstler war ein Mönch. In diesem Mosaik sind über 700 einzelne „Geschichten“ miteinander verwoben. Teilweise sind die Figuren etwas seltsam dargestellt.Read more

  • Day12

    Last day Otranto

    September 15, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    You can tell the time in Italy by the smells in the air. Morning has wafts of croissants and pastries and dinner time it changes to capsicums.
    Breakfast at peaceful Palazzo Marzo was sweetness in the extreme, making me dizzy half an hour later on my tough walk. It was slow progress walking along cliffs with paths through low scrub, alongside eroded cliffs and through narrow tunnels of that pampas grass like plant. Canal of St Peter was gorgeous swimming in deep water but as no shade and too great a distance between access point and place to leave my backpack meant I pushed onwards ending above the gorgeous beach at Mulino d’Acqua. I stood precariously above it with no way to access. Amazing how promise of a pristine swim can obviate my fear of heights. The camping ground was charging 10euro to access their pool but the authorities have closed the beach due to rockslide but if you *choose* to go there they will not know about it !
    Couldn't face doing the same return one hour trip due to the difficult terrain so took the local road which came out near Lido de Spina. Swum there and lay in the shade, then walked the only sea/rock part and actually slipped over. Only a couple of grazes on the right wrist but bit of a fright as it was so quick and could have been nasty.
    Came out near Hotel Plancia and had nicest swim all day so far.
    To stay out of the mid day sun decided on the cliff top ViaPunta7 for italian tapas and a calice of chardonnay. After 5mins a dozen tradies from the film festival took a table which is always a good sign of hearty food.
    It was excellent - big tapas bowl of mussels in tomato, oil and garlic, fava bean puree with chickory and a chardonnay. And all with sea and city views for 15euro ( included 5euro wine and 2euro cover).
    The mare was calmest it has been so had the best swim just before the lighthouse in clear deep water as two italian women fished to the left.
    Aperitivo on the cliff overlooking old town and castle and then prawn orchiette with english/NJ acapuncturist Linda Covelli. We shared travel stories and laughs over italian town name pronunciations.
    Buona noche.
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  • Day11

    Otranto - Santa Cesare Therme

    September 14, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    A difficult nights sleep at B&B Lilium with traffic that shook the balcony window glass forcing me to wear and turn on my active noise cancelling ear phones.
    It was a shame as Roberta and Antonio were lovely (though in need of B&B101 training as rule one must be do not leave previous mornings dirty breakfast plates etc on the main table). Roberta is a teacher at Santa Cesare Terme so drove me there and back today and detoured to the lighthouse at the most easterly point in Italy Faro Palascio. The coastline is littered with ruined towers from the days of watching for the attacking Turks. I walked to the gorgeous cove of Spiaggia di Miggiano - deep, clear water with plenty of fish. Above this cove was a resort with several infinity pools which actually looked great also. Then passed the old bath house built in early 1900 in the moorish style.
    Said goodbye to Roberta and family and I then checked into the gorgeous Palazzo Marzo less than 200 yards away but uphill in a calm area.
    Had had a panini at Santa Cesare (proscuitto crudo and white mozzarella) so sat out the hottest middle of the day, then had a divine cafe and coconut gelato for lunch from Martinucci before walking north as far as Canal Monaco. Still too much swell up there but it would be gorgeous on another day. Swum in the shallows at the north end of the main beach. Water temp must be 26 and air temp a hot feeling 28.
    Had a good sausage and chicoria pizza and red wine for dinner.
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  • Day11

    Otranto, the Far East

    April 11, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Next to Lecce, Otranto is the most beautiful and historic city we've visited so far. It's lighthouse, located about 5 kms south of the old city, marks the easternmost point in Italy.

    We managed to find a parking spot a few hundred meters outside the walls of the old city, which is considerably smaller, but no less of a maze, than Lecce. Once we crossed the drawbridge into the old town, we were transported back in time by the aged castle walls, the massive fortifications, the well-worn stone footpaths, and the awe-inspiring places of worship.

    Of all the churches and cathedrals we've seen thus far, the Otranto cathedral is, by far, the most, .............hmmm............interesting. The cathedral was founded in 1088 and the main entrance is adorned with an ornately carved rose window and a coat of arms supported by two angels. Once inside, one’s eye is immediately drawn to the mosaic tile floor that depicts various biblical scenes from the old testament as well as medieval and mythological beasts, all intertwined in a tree of life showing the human experience from Adam and Eve to the Salvation. The mosaic was created between 1163 and 1165 by a group of artists led by Pantaleone, a Basilian monk. For more detailed photos of the mosaic, click here:

    On the right-hand nave of the cathedral is the Martyr's chapel, that contains, encased in three glass displays, the bones of 813 residents of Otranto who were executed for refusing to convert to Islam when the city fell to an Ottoman force in 1480. Gruesome! The martyrs were canonized in 2013 by Pope Francis.

    Below the main floor of the cathedral is a crypt that dates to the original 11th century church and contains seventy marble columns of different design, that represent all the cultures that have held the city. There are also several original frescoes, including one of the Madonna and child, that date to the same period.

    After leaving the cathedral, we wandered through the streets of the town as the shops slowly reopened after their afternoon lunch break. We stopped for a beer in a charming little cafe while we waited for a sudden rainstorm to subside.

    We ended our day with pizza at Horus restaurant where my pie was so large, I had to doggy bag a quarter of it home. While we were in the restaurant, some very serious flashes of lightning constantly lit the sky and the thunder crashed. The skies opened and the rain was coming down in torrents. Of course, I had left my jacket and umbrella in the car, which we had fortunately moved closer to the restaurant. With no end to the rain in sight, I dashed off to the car, picked up Brenda in front of Horus and we hit the road home. Rather than take the short, direct route through the winding backroads, we detoured through Lecce to stay on the highway, which was a good decision since the downpour only let up after about twenty minutes into our drive.

    And thus ended our exploration of Puglia's Adriatic coast.
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    Very nice - the chairs kind of take away from it though. :). Mabel

    Roch Pelletier

    Yes, I asked them if they could move them out for me and they said, "va fungul" which I think means they were very sorry, but they were too busy to do it, but please come and visit us again.



  • Day8

    Otranto am Absatz des Stiefels

    June 19, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Von Lecce machen wir uns auf, um den Absatz des italienischen Stiefels, die Halbinsel Salento, weiter zu erkunden. Otranto ist wohl neben Lecce einer der touristischen Hauptorte hier. Zumindest empfiehlt uns die nette Mitarbeiterin der Tourismusinfo von Lecce, dass wir dort Quartier nehmen sollten, hier gäbe es zumindest Restaurants.
    Wir fahren mit dem Auto durch endlos scheinende Olivenplantagen. Hier weiter im Süden sind diese eher braun als grün. Die Bäume sterben ab. Grund dafür ist das Bakterium Xylella Fastidiosa, das die Pflanzen befällt. Eigentlich müsste der Bestand komplett vernichtet werden, doch die Bauern haben sich bislang dagegen erfolgreich gewehrt.
    Otranto selbst ist ein nettes Hafenörtchen, das vom Tourismus geprägt ist. Hübsch sind das Castello, die Kathedrale aus der Zeit der Normannen (1088 geweiht) und die von einer mächtigen Mauer umgebene Altstadt. Da finden wir die für die Region typischen Keramikläden und allerlei andere hübsche Sachen. Doch wir bleiben (noch) standhaft!
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    Susanne Heissenberger

    Nicht standhaft bleiben, einfach zuschlagen! Das lokale Keramikgewerbe will ja schließlich auch leben.. 🤣

  • Apr26


    April 26, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    Then we drove to Otranto on the sea, the eastern most city of Italy.
    We walked to a restaurant in the castle for lunch…
    Crumbed Mussels with sundried tomato, pecorino, garnished with mint and dill and served on squid ink
    Spaghetti with sea urchin
    Sea bass with spinach and lemon sauce
    Lemon custard with hint of raspberry, mint, olives, and bits of biscuit
    Everyone agreed it was the best meal yet.
    Then a tour of the city including great views of the ocean. Two churches of course, one of which had cabinets of skulls of unfortunate people! The guide went with me to buy paracetamol and throat lozenges.
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    This meal was one of the best. Wine drinkers praised the white wine. On 28/4 I tried the a white wine at Masseria Salimina, which I liked a lot. The drinkers said it tasted a lot like the one consumed in the meal on this day. John Y. 29/4


    Heck Linden wine! Food did look yummy. Sue


    No wine for me Sue. John left the above comment!

  • Day11

    The Deep South (Part II)

    April 11, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    After leaving Leuca, we were both very excited to visit Grotta Zinzulusa, a series of coastal caves that apparently offers astounding rock formations. The caves were about a forty-five-minute drive north from Leuca and the entrance was at the bottom of a very narrow and twisting road with numerous switchbacks. When we arrived, the skies had clouded over, and the wind had picked up. We looked around, hemmed and hawed, did some internet research and decided we'd forego visiting the damp, cool caves and perhaps return to explore them some other time, when the weather is warmer.

    Brenda generously offered to buy us a spa visit in our next stop, San Cesarea Terme, where hot springs fuel the town's economy and we headed straight for Terme di Santa Cesarea only to find the spa closed. We figured it was likely just shut down for lunch, but a little internet research uncovered that visits at this time of year are by appointment only. Drat, once again foiled by our off-season travels!

    As we wandered around the town, we realized that literally NOTHING was open, except for Martinucci Dolci e Gelateria, a cafe and pastry shop that seems to have branches in every place we stop. I had a coffee and a panino for lunch, served to me by one of this restaurant's typically miserable staff. Unlike every other establishment we visit, where service has been friendly and welcoming, at Martinucci belligerence seems to be a prerequisite for working there. At least the panino and coffee were good.

    As we traveled North, we were struck by the presence of dry-stone walls everywhere we looked. Surely, tens of millions of stones were used to create these walls that, in Puglia, were built to define landowner's boundaries. Stonemasons must have been very, very busy in those days.

    Our last stop on our 'round the heel tour was Otranto, which deserves a blog all to itself. I have nonetheless attached a few pictures here because I have far too many to share and each of these blogs allows me to post only six photos.

    Until tomorrow!
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    grouchy server ...sheesh. betty

    Roch Pelletier

    Yeah, and we haven't even hit Paris yet!


    We are going to Puglia on a bicycle trip in September. Looking forward to it!

    Roch Pelletier

    Who is going on a bike trip? I have no way to know who made the comment. The area around Gallipoli is quite flat, but the Eastern coast is VERY hilly, but also very beautiful. Get your legs in shape!

  • Day11

    Otranto II

    June 22, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Heute verlassen wir unser Ressort wieder. Die zwei Ruhetage waren angenehm, doch sind wir froh, weiter zu kommen. Mit diesem Wochenende setzt nämlich die Hauptsaison ein und das Hotel hat sich ziemlich gefüllt.
    Ehe wir unsere Reise nach Grottaglie fortsetzen, kehren wir noch einmal zurück nach Otranto. Hier wollen wir die Kathedrale besichtigen, denn diese hatte während unseres ersten Stopps geschlossen, denn in Italien halten auch Kirchen Mittagspause. Grund für den kleinen Umweg sind die Bodenmosaike in der Kirche, die aus dem 12. Jahrhundert datieren.
    Anders als bei unserer Fahrt nach Santa Cesarea Terme wählen wir heute einen Weg durchs Binnenland. Dabei entdecken wir im Vorbeifahren einen Dolmen (Dolmen Li Scusi bei Minervino) den wir selbstverständlich besichtigen müssen. Dolmen sind in Apulien häufiger anzutreffen und dieser ist ein gut erhaltenes Exemplar.
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    Susanne Heissenberger

    Interessant. Ich nehme mal an, das war ein Grab. Wie alt ist denn der? Bronzezeit? Wusste nicht, dass das s in Apulien viele davon gibt.


    Das Alter war leider nicht angegeben und auch auf der HP zu den Dolmen hab ich nix gesehen

    Susanne Heissenberger

    Vielleicht weiß man es ja auch nicht. Jedenfalls interessant. 😮


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