|We went to the train station today to have an outing. We wanted to go to a nearby place, Martina Franca, but we were told that the trains do not run there on a Sunday sop we went to Bari, on the other side of Italy, (the back of the ankle) where people go to get a ferry to Greece.
There were endless olive and fruit farms on the way, all nice neat trees, oranges too, until we got to the port of Bari.
It was a nicer town than Taranto, better gardens and parks, and the old town had been done up.
We had a nice lunch sitting alfresco in a square, then we went to the Basilica di St Nicola, where St Nicholas is buried. The Italians stole him from Turkey in 800AD. (Yes the real Santa, known as that because he is the patron saint of children, and gifts were given to them on his saint day on 6th December, somehow slipped over to Christmas!)
We visited a big bookshop too that had a range of English modern books, even some kids books. Belinda has another great fat Harry Potter, and even Daniel got a couple of books. Should keep us going ove the trip.
We went to El Porto Restaurante tonight, we could not go to our restaurant at home because it was closed due to the chef's cousin dying! The food was good but the service was a bit odd, oh well then we went for a walk along the sea front and had an ice cream, and Ken got a couple of beers.
We are back at home now, and thinking that this is our last night on the mainland of Europe. We are definitely on our way home. A little sad, but also dying to get home.
We still have nine days or so in Asia, before it is home to Australia, for me and the kids and even longer for Ken.
We will be out of contact for the next twelve or so days, but if it is an emergency we can be contacted by satellite phone I think, through the German shipping company NSB, in Bremen, Germany. Ship's name is Hatsu Crystal.