Driver now cruising, cutting people up taking no prisoners
Airline passenger stress levels started sweaty ended sweaty
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Food: well breakfast was OK but the airline food left a lot t be desired
Airline food (don't ask)
Picture:Sculpture in Matera
Last day and it starts with the alarm at 0500, leave the hotel at 0600 and head back to Naples for a 1240 flight. I chose the photograph to represent Italian driving. It was a from a sculpture park just outside Matera but my guess it is happened...
Driver in the grove
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Food best not talked about
Picture: Elephant at the start of the mosaic pavement
I organised the latter part of the holiday around a trip to Otranto. On a visit some years ago I fell in love with the Cathedral, the castle and the town in general. The Cathedral is remarkable for many things, in particular the 12th Centrury mosaic pavement and the later with the skulls of a selection of the martyrs of the Battle of Otranto (refusal to convert to Islam, result beheading, I...
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Food excellent lunch
Picture: Plazza Duomo Lecce, Episcopio to the fore, Seminario to the right
Lecce is my mind one of the pearls of the Baroque, that period of rapid and revolutionary change. You can walk across the old down in half an hour, but only if you are a barbarian. Every street and corner provides yet another church, decorated doorway of window which cries out for witness. You have to plan well however, this part of Italy closes down from 1200 to...
Driver stress medium
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Picture: View of Matera
The four days of Villa living above Sorrento being over it was time to cross Italy to spend the end of the week in the largely undiscovered Salento peninsular. We booked a hotel just outside near Ostuni in the Masseria Santa Lucia. I have stayed there several times before at a conference and that had introduced me to what I consider one of the most interesting areas of Italy. It does not have the pomp of the North or the west, bt it...
120 photographs taken
Food good to excellent
Picture: Neptune and Amphitrite, Mosaic House 22
We were now getting things sorted, no more long drives instead a quick trip to Sorrento to park and then the Circumvesuviana to Ercolano, a short walk down the hill and were at the entrance. I think the guidebooks are right, start with Pompeii then follow it with a shorter day at Herculaneum. Pompeii is awesome, but Herculaneum has greater intimacy. There is also this huge sense of mystery with...