Month: January 2022

Touching Brindisi

We had planned a short visit to Brindisi and to go afterwards on a hike in the countryside. We first stopped next to the airport of Brindisi, where an exceptional church stands, surrounded by planes, cars and industrial buildings – Chiesa Santa Maria del Casale. The church of Santa Maria del Casale is a Romanesque – Gothic construction, erected at the …

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The Trulli hike

We visited Alberobello, famous for its unique trullo buildings, traditional Apulian dry stone huts with a conical roof, by going on a hike into the countryside and back to the village. Many tourists come here in summer, but at this time of the year, it was very quiet. Trulli were generally constructed as temporary field shelters and storehouses or as permanent dwellings …

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Egnazia

South of Monopoli we were looking for the Ancient city of Egnazia, at the Via Traiana. Outside the museum we found the necropolis, which was interesting to compare with the ones we had seen in Turkey. After a short walk we reached the remains of the town near the sea. The city was already destroyed …

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Castel del Monte

From Bari, we made our way to a fascinating castle, built during the 1240s by King Frederick II, who had inherited the lands from his mother Constance of Sicily. It has neither a moat nor a drawbridge and maybe it never was intended as a defensive fortress. We arrived in the afternoon and found a hidden spot to park on the backside …

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Arriving @ Bari / Italy

We had crossed Greece in 2 days and took the ferry from Igoumenitsa to Bari. We needed a rapid test, which we got at the pharmacy next to the port. Together with the green pass, we were able to get our tickets and were waiting patiently with many trucks for the midnight ferry. When the …

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Stopover @ Izmir

When we arrived in Izmir, the third largest city in Turkey with around 4.4 million inhabitants, it was only drizzling, and we decided to go for a stroll through the bazar and along the bay. The old Turkish and partly ancient city center was largely destroyed in the earthquake of 1957. One of the landmarks …

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Around Fethiye

Our second time in Fethiye, we wanted to visit the abandoned Greek village of Kalaköy and Lycian rock tombs. But we were not sure, if the weather would allow us to visit anything. When we arrived at Kalaköy, a village in the mountains between the bay of Fethiye and the coast, it was pouring with …

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