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... the majority still in active use), along with palazzi, a Castello, Roman theatre and amphitheatre, city gates, towers, an obelisk and a cemetery. Our English guide book lists 49 suggested sights, and all are within 10 mins walk of our place, if we can find them!! You have to search for some, as they are not necessarily marked or clearly identified. And when you do find them, they don't sell any information booklets even at the most famous places. We have walked past ...
... believe it or not, never even had to add air. We carried our pumps for nothing!
We we also want to thank all of you for coming along virtually. Your prayers and comments, both encouraging and humorous, made it feel like we had company throughout.
Lastly, we want to our good Lord for preserving and protecting us on this adventure.
Thank you all.
Now we are coming home.
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 ...