|Having taken on fuel we then proceed to Otranto and anchored off the beach.
Even though we were pretty much tired after the passage, we went ashore and explored the old town and tried to find a supermarket (which we did eventually having passed one which should have been open but was shut – annoying!).
Friday 8 June
Left Otranto fairly early. There was a bit of a breeze but nothing significant when we left. Slow progress for a while with other boats overtaking us. Then mid afternoon the wind picked up and we headed for Brindisi and in a feisty F6/7. It wasn’t pleasant for a while due to the short chop on the beam but anyway we got into the harbour safely. Proceeded to the inner harbour and went alongside the town quay. Pretty much central but as it is early season the part of the quayside we moored along had various rusted chain exposed so we heavily fendered up and put across the fender board (which ended up being damaged slightly – but I guess that’s its job).
In the afternoon wandered around the town for a while – it’s much nicer than we expected having read various cruising reports. Although there is some wash from the Coastguard, fishing boats and ferries.
Saturday 9 June
After completing some provisioning in the afternoon we took the local train to Lecce. What a place – this place is just SO baroque it’s hard to convey – some describe it as the Florence of the south. Strolled around the town. The cathedral was amazing. Wanted to go into some other churches (especially the Santa Croce) but there were weddings being celebrated.
Sunday 10 June
Chores and admin day today. We took fuel in the morning and moved to another part of the quayside – not too much more quieter but closer to the supermarket and market.
In the evening a fisherman moored up behind us and was selling his catch. We bought some octopus’ from him.
Monday 11 June
Again another day of chores and provisioning. Went to the market in hope of getting some fish but unfortunately they only had fruit and veg stalls (which was good in many ways as there was more variety than in the supermarket).
We did see a turtle hanging around not too far from the boat which was cool.