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Jul 24, 2013 - Goodbye to Greece - Arrival in Brindisi

We left the campsite about 11am and drove to LidL in Patras to stock up on supplies. From there it wasn’t far to the ferry terminal where we found the ticket office for Grimaldi Line (we’d found out the previous day that the sailing was at 5pm and we should be there before 1pm). The fare was €198 plus €100 if we wanted a cabin for the night as there was no “camping on-board": we declined that option. In the 3 hours before boarding at 4pm we sat in Homer and read English newspapers (the first we’d found since Turkey, and the news was all...

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Mar 8, 2012 - Brindisi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlor%C3%AB Overnight ferry 11pm to 7am... 3-8 Lucky us we just fell into the right location (& Hotel Torino which also has free WiFi, YES!:) to be able to walk to every place with info re: onward travel via ferry. Very helpful tour agency folks (3 different places before we get to the right one selling tickets to Albania). Overnight ferry (leaving at 11pm) but 'free shuttle just a few blocks away so we can go to ferry @ 7pm, hotel lets us leave bags until then. Just lucky because being the cheap travelers we...

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Mar 8, 2012 - Brindisi to Vlora, Albania

Lucky us we just fell into the right location (& Hotel Torino which also has free WiFi, YES!) to be able to walk to every place with info re: onward travel via ferry. Very helpful tour agency folks (3 different places before we get to the right one selling tickets to Albania). Overnight ferry (leaving at 11pm) but 'free shuttle just a few blocks away so we can go to ferry @ 7pm, hotel lets us leave bags until then. Just lucky because being the cheap travelers we are, when we got here last night we missed seeing a hostel sign - it was...

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Mar 7, 2012 - Brindisi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brindisi Still in Croton: Another travel day...after a trip to the Post Office where, after an hour of waiting and attempting to understand/be understood, Mari sent off her package (they could not guarantee it would arrive - suggesting she find UPS). Bon & I decided to wait on our small parcel - mostly LPs we're done with. Then the hike to train station and an afternoon switching trains 3 times and a bus link between stations to boot. The Italian countryside is hugely agricultural in this Eastern...

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Oct 10, 2008 - Brindisi - The Dark Blot

Randy Brindisi is a smallish port town on the southeast coast of Italy. Though it played a fairly important role for Italy during World War I, today it is not much more than a gateway to Greece. Ferries set sail and dock in Brindisi and most travelers spend only as much time there as required to move on to their next destination. We, on the other hand, decided to train into town from Naples, check into the only hostel there, and then figure out our ferry plans to Greece. This isn’t quite as senseless as it sounds. I had a couple reasons for...

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Sep 12, 2005 - Day 16: Rome to Corfu.

Bags to coach 6.45am, breakfast at 7am and on the road at 7.30am. During our long drive to the ferry we stopped off to do a quick guided tour of Pompeii. In AD 79 Vesuvio erupted and buried Pompeii in burning fragments of pumice stone. It killed about 2,000 people. Pompeii was amazing! It was way bigger than I ever thought it would be. It must have taken them forever to uncover it all. The ruins provide an insight into the daily life of ancient Romans. Pompeii was once a resort town for the wealthy and the vast ruins include impressive...

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May 29, 2005 - The Stinkin' Pope!!

Today was the beginning of our trek to Greece. We knew it was going to be a long trek in the first place, so we headed out on the first train of the morning from Rome to the southeast coast of Italy to a town called Bari. Our train left at 7:30am and was suppose to arrive in Bari at 12:30. Well, from following the cities on the map as we passed them, it was apparent we were going to be late. This nice 28 year old guy who was sitting next to us started talking to us. He lives in Bari and goes to Rome on the weekends for school. He said that...

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May 25, 2005 - Getting too old

Well after three days in Corfu at the pink palace I realize that I'm not 25 anymore, I don't think I met anybody here that was over thirty (sucks to be them) Life starts at 35. I spent one day taking a ATV safari around the island and through the woods to see the sights around here but it was a slow ride for the most part, I really wanted to cut loose and take the trails myself.Lesson learned. The next day I took a 6 hour booze cruise around to do some cliff diving, time at the beach, diving in a cave and seeing an old monastary.The weather...

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Feb 13, 2005 - Pino

So, while we're watching Smallville, enjoying some time to ourselves (as much as you can when people continually stop and stare in the window at you), we are interrupted by an older man who come screaming in the doorway, waving his arms demanding that we want water or tea or coffe or wine, but we must be thirsty because the room is so hot and what can he buy for us?. After a short conversation that consisted of us telling him that we did not want anything and him going anyway to buy us some water, he sat down and began talking to us. We are...

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Nov 22, 2004 - Brindisi, Italy

My room at the Venezia was your typical small room with a single size bed, but at least it had a sink and mirror. The bathroom was in the hall and was bigger than most. The shower stall, though, was open to the room. No door or curtain. The water that splashed off you or the wall was cleaned up with a long-handled squeegee leaning against the wall and funneled to a hole in the middle of the floor. Antonio, the taxi driver, talked me into meeting him the next day at 8:00 am. to go to the port and get my ticket for the ferry to Greece. I...

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