Antica Masseria Rottacapozza
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- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
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... from the tourist information centre....
Gallopili was an island fortress, with only a bridge link to the mainland. The castle was currently not open. However, we enjoyed walking around the walls, hanging onto hat and sunglasses so as not to have them blown away, retreating to the narrow streets when we needed a breather.
Continued along the coastal road towards Taranto. ...
... coast guard buildings to the forefront at the seaward side of the cliffs. From the top of the waterfall, ???? steps up, there was a great view of the harbour. Some work was being done on the sea wall, with artifical rocks in the shape of "jacks" scattered in front of the wall to break the motion of the waves.
Still windy, but given the location, not totally unexpected.
... They own a villa in a nearby village and come down from time to time to play golf and cycle. Nice idea? After the round, back to the 'verandah' for lunch and a vino biancho for the assistant and photographer, and a spritz for me. It was now about 1pm and with the weather still beautiful and sunny, the course started to fill up with locals. NOW we started to get an idea about why shops in Lecce close for a 4 hour 'siesta' just after ...
... find a seat and settle down to The Times crossword, safe in the knowledge that we will not see Signora empty handed again!
Smiles returned as we headed back and consigned the "very useful and very pretty" ceramica to the "gift storage department" in the motorhome. I was very touched as Signora presented Signor with a china mug decorated with little fishes to replace one broken recently on the trip. Signor, perhaps mistakingly, christened it with a birra Moretti. ...
... meandering through the heel of Italy in search of utopia (yoga at a site that on arrival appeared to be closed). The second too depressing to stay at. We end up at 7.30pm in the dark parked by rubbish and recycling bins outside a very closed campsite in Sant Isidora near Gallipoli. Another night when I was told to keep my eyes peeled and stay alert.
Fino alla prossima volta,
Bruno (Il Cane)