The Big Adventure 2005 travel blog

Well, a little sidetrip ensued. We had emailed a friend of ours who lives in Italy (Beatrice stayed with us through the Hospitality Club for Christmas in 04) to see if she was home, and luckily she was, so instead of heading into Bosnia we bussed back down to Bar where we caught an overnight ferry to Bari where Beatrice met us and drove us 45 minutes north to her town Trani. She has a lovely 2 bedroomed apartment with peeps of the sea - its about 5 mins walk from beach where she swims each day. We drove downtown to book our way across to Croatia - only to find that as it was a public holiday this weekend it wasn't going to be as easy as we thought. Eventually we were able to arrange to take a train north to Ancona, ferry across to Zadar in Croatia, and a bus down to Split - well, isn't that what travel is about? Mystery tours!

We spent our time nattering and eating and drinking, and meandering through Trani, which is a really nice wee town without tourists - a beautiful old cathedral built on top of an equally beautiful church (strange to see such a combination) a really quaint harbour, and more cobbled streets, nice shops and restaurants.

So, after two days of prosciutto, fresh mozarella cheese, crunchy delicious italian bread and tagliatere, red and white "aparetifs" we made our way to the train, said goodbye to Beatrice, and travelled along the Italian coast to Bari - flat landscape, beaches, olive trees and grapevines everywhere.

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