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... enclosed, encircled by the Duomo, the Bishop's Palace, and Seminary. A major alteration in the 17th Century added a bell tower (visible from our terrace), and opened up a side of the piazza, and also created many new interior features. The original entrance, inside the piazza remains fairly plain, but the 17th Century external entrance is quite ornate.. We've seen a huge number of other churches too, including the more majestic, and less ornate St Irene (patron saint of ...
... parks, but always to adventure. Her unwavering faith in me on this trip and in life have sustained me even when I doubted.
Second, thanks to Christian at Crazybikez.com in Innsbruck for the used rental bikes he sold us for this trip. They performed flawlessly. Christian prepped the bikes, supplied tool kits and was very patient with my many questions via email. If you ever need rental ...
Today was our last day of pedaling. We finished strong covering 108 kilometers which was our biggest day of the trip. We started from Otranto and rode up along the coast and through the olive groves nearly to Brindisi then turned inland, and back south, toward our destination of Lecce.
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... refusing to convert to Islam in 1480. Their skulls are preserved behind glass in the church. The painting of the beheadings is eerily similar to the recent beheadings we have seen on TV from ISIL and is a reminder that history has a tendency to repeat itself. If interested, check out "Martyrs of Otranto" on Wikipedia.
After 24 days of pedaling, fueled mostly by gelato, pasta and seafood, we completed our southward journey. Today we reached Santa Maria di Leuca, which is the southern tip of the Salento peninsula. We celebrated with a swim in the sea followed by a bottle of prosecco and, you guessed it, more seafood. We saw more bikers today than we have in in some time. In particular, we saw a half a ...