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From a distance, either north or south, Gallipoli was a strikingly white town out in the blue of the Mediterranean. Absolutely spectacular.
TT struggled with taking us to the information centre. Miles out. It also wasn't where the town map indicated, LP, and, in fact, was hidden away down a narrow street in the middle of the town. It was indicated accurately in the tourist brochure that ...
Into Lecce in inclement weather....out with the trusty umbrella. Needed an ATM urgently, as our 50 sontimes was insufficient for the parking attendant, who wanted payment in advance! Once that detail had been taken care of, repaired to a suitable cafe for coffee, chosen for the incredible looking bruschetta that other patrons were eating. A good choice. Thus fortified, headed out to view ...
Va bene ragazzi ... all those not interested in golf can skip this entry. But for those who enjoy belting the little white ball around, especially in foreign places, read on.
Tuesday was a really nice sunny day so we set off in the morning for Acaya Golf Club which is about 12k from Lecce, towards the Adriatic Coast. Golf in Italy is still very much an elite sport, with the first indication that the course is found down a little ...
... now. In summer it would be hot and overcrowded.
The fishing port has a myriad of narrow streets and alley ways. Signor e me spotted the danger immediately - a glut of garish, glitzy and expensive gift shops. It was too late, each one had a hand with fingers enticingly beckoning Signora to enter. We watched her, eyes glazed over, her resistance ebbing away as she was consumed by the emporia, much like a dung beetle in a cowpat.
There's nothing for it, Signor ...
... looks very attractive, in the next report.
Calabria a sorry tale.
As we travelled through Calabria and into Basilicata (the neighbouring province to the north). I overheard Signor e Signora describe the wonderful scenery of the snowcapped mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. I also heard deep sighs, as we passed mountains of uncollected rubbish and shabby seaside towns. Perhaps there was a strike or a lack of resources. Whatever ...
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet