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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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May 21, 2008 - Bari (Italy) - For mapping.

Just doing this so the map will update. Not sure how to update it without making an entry!! Here in Bari now. Got the boat at 6pm last night and arrived here at 10am this morning. I was spewing I didn't get a room as I thought it wasn't that long a trip. I only had deck ticket, el cheapo! And when I asked the officer where I should go he pointed up some stairs then showed me out a door and I was literally on the deck!! I stayed there till we got moving and then went downstairs to find the pullman chairs and got comfy on one of those for the...

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Apr 28, 2008 - The Italian Port of Bari.

Today we had a late morning arrival in the Port of Bari. We elected to explore ourselves rather than do a shore excursion. Southern Italy is noticeably different to Rome & Northern Italy although it is still unique & attractive in its own right. This afternoon we set sail for Katalon, Greece, and Olympia the home of the Olympic Games.

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Dec 11, 2007 - Bari

I have a great dislike of ports and border towns, they are almost without exception dumps. Bari is one of the exceptions, I realy expected an awful town like Patras and to want to get out as quickly as possible. First indications weren't good, walked off the end of the ferry to nothing - no terminal, no signs, no maps just lots of tarmac and big lorries. My fellow 10 or so foot passengers all milled around looking at eachother for inspiration, I spotted one pair in the distance heading away and guessed that they knew what they were doing so...

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