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Left Alberobello today for Matera. Our first stop was at Polignano a Mare - a small coastal town built on 200 metre-high limestone cliffs above the Adriatic Sea. This was a delightful town with spectacular views and no foreign tourists. Nicknamed the 'Pearl of the Adriatic Sea', Polignano a Mare is characterised by a jaggered coastline, crystal-clear waters and partially submerged sea caves. It's famous son ...
... tradesmen, merchants, aristocrats and clergy. The peasant houses now have the best view so sell for more than the others. Saw lots of very old olive trees, as most of Italy's olive oil comes from this region of apuglia. The trunks look deformed and gnarled, because they are pruned every second year, but never replaced. Northerners were taking them so now they are protected. Dinner at night ...
... the poorest places as late as the 1960's when the government removed people from their houses deeming it to be too unhygienic. The sewer travelled down the middle of the street. It is now a unesco site and some houses are being renovated inside with all the mod cons but very expensive to ...
Woke up to a beautiful sunny day - had to rethink my wardrobe as I was going to roast in all the layers I was thinking of last night.
What a difference soft pillows make to a good night's sleep. Not like the slabs of concrete provided by the Hotel da Bruno in Venice.
A very civilized start to the day - 10.00am. This morning a local guide took ...
... the inner courtyard without any difficulties. However, there are at least 6 doors leading off the inner courtyard with only one of those doors leading to the castle's exit. I have to admit that a mild state of panic had started to set in after trying three of these doors and still not finding the exit. A coffee and cigarette at the café on site was well warranted after I finally did manage to get out!
Free WiFi on the bus. I wish we had been told this last night as I ...
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