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Vieste's beaches are packed with Italians in mid-summer. But when we arrived we found a peaceful contrast to the hustle and bustle of Rome. Today we took a boat cruise at 9 AM along the craggy Gargano Coast, marveling at the pretty coves, hidden grottos and unusual rock formations ...
... and other
market garden style crops. We hit the coast at the city of Bari, a huge port
with innumerable high rise flats along its outskirts. As we left Bari, driving north
along the coast, the land gave way to manmade salt flats with huge mountains of
salt and white egrets wading in the shallow pools. We could begin to see the
Promontorio del Gargano rising above the rest of the landscape.
The final part of the journey ...
We left Rome at 8 AM, stopping in the nearby hills to learn about the Roman Emperor Hadrian, at the ruins of his monumental villa at Tivoli. An enthusiastic traveler and builder, his lasting legacy includes his great wall across Britain, the domed Pantheon, and his stylish beard.
We are now on board a 26 hour ferry to Athens. It is a very big ship but there is less to do on it than the Interislander. We have just been chilling out in our rooms and playing Uno up on deck with some others from our group. We aren't due to dock until 2pm tomorrow so it's going to be a ...
... sea sick today. Max is also a bit this way, so I ventured up for lunch with some people we have met from WA, Leslie and Tony. They have become our surrogate "Phil and Sue" friends. Tonight (depending on Max's sea sickness) we have been invited for the second of the "Best of the Best" dinners with the Captain. Captain Carl departed in Venice ...