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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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Mar 20, 2009 - Arrivaderci Italy! Ferryboat to Greece!!!

I went to Bari. Its a nice town especially after Napoli. Very expensive and rich. I went to the Mcdonalds there to get a burger and the Mcdonalds has like a fancy cafe section and wood lined interior. There is this great burger at Mcdonalds out here called the Napoli -Mmmmm good. Shame on me for eating Mcdonalds but its part of the culture everywhere now. I mean the Mcdonalds in Italy are usually the most crowded restaurants anywhere. So I took the bus to the port and got my ticket on the ferrybus called "Superfast". I was so glad to be...

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Oct 10, 2008 - Brindisi - The Dark Blot

Randy Brindisi is a smallish port town on the southeast coast of Italy. Though it played a fairly important role for Italy during World War I, today it is not much more than a gateway to Greece. Ferries set sail and dock in Brindisi and most travelers spend only as much time there as required to move on to their next destination. We, on the other hand, decided to train into town from Naples, check into the only hostel there, and then figure out our ferry plans to Greece. This isn’t quite as senseless as it sounds. I had a couple reasons for...

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Oct 5, 2008 - Bari, Italy

By 10:30 pm Saturday Brian and I had gotten off the ship and found ourselves on the windy and surprisingly cold streets of Bari, Italy. With our pack in tow we searched for the nearest open restaurant before settling on a place to stay for the night. We found a great family run pizza shop that took us in and served us a great pizza and tow Peroni beers each. We then struggled into a 5 star hotel to get the expected news of 250 euro a night. We were set to leave for Patra, Greece the next morning and could not justify the cost despite the...

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Jun 3, 2008 - Bari

Arrived in Bari via EasyJet this morning and took the shuttle to the central station. Got info from a local on a backpackers hostel by the port of Bari. After an hour and a half of walking around through the old narrow streets with no signs of street names, a friendly local from a bar walked me to where the hostel was and booked for the next two nights.

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