Ostuni - Italy
Trip Start Oct 30, 2007
171Trip End Nov 20, 2009
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shorter than they should be, as all out text got stolen, together with
our laptop, all our valuables, and almost our whole campervan, when it
was broken into and trashed in Rome at the end of October. Have a look
at that entry if you want to have a look at the damage the bastards
did. The next month or so´s text is written 6 months later, so we may
have forgotten some bits!)
While we had a lecture from our new friends Mauricio and Grazia about how we should watch our pockets in the seaport city of Bari (our next destination) and made it sound like a den of thieves, they should maybe have warned us that the city is so choked with traffic you couldn´t actually get into the city, let alone try and park a campervan
We drove down the coast, stopping instead at a tiny little village by the sea, with a stall by the water selling fresh mussels. We bought a couple of kilos and cooked up chilli mussels overlooking the water watching the sun set. Another of our great spots!
Slightly inland were the villages of the Trulli region. Hundreds of years ago, these huts/ houses had been built in this distinctive style (circular white adobe buildings, with pointed thatched roofs) originally to avoid land tax, as they could be dismantled and rebuilt quickly when the inspectors came. Given the nature of southern Italy in general we´re not sure much has changed. Southern Italy was a very different country to the more affluent north, especially regions around Milan and Turin
The villages of Alberobello and Locorotondo were just lovely, and we ended up spending the night at the historic hillside town of Ostuni, with its labrinthine alley and streets - almost like living in a maze.