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Oct 8, 2006 - Bari, Italy

We went to the train station today to have an outing. We wanted to go to a nearby place, Martina Franca, but we were told that the trains do not run there on a Sunday sop we went to Bari, on the other side of Italy, (the back of the ankle) where people go to get a ferry to Greece. There were endless olive and fruit farms on the way, all nice neat trees, oranges too, until we got to the port of Bari. It was a nicer town than Taranto, better gardens and parks, and the old town had been done up. We had a nice lunch sitting alfresco in a...

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Aug 26, 2006 - Bari

Along with 50,000 other bastards and their luggage we crammed on to the only bus going to the ferry terminal. Not unexpectedly we had to pay an extra €40 each for our ferry ticket to Patras even when we were told by the woman on the phone the passage was free. F**king thieves! They can do it too, as they pretty much have a monopoly on that trip. Superfast and Blue Star ferries turn out to be the same bloody company. On board, it is the lap of luxury. Everything is set up so that you're likely to spend as much money again on board as you...

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May 9, 2006 - Alive in Italy

Wow...how time flies. It has been about 10 days since I updated the blog. I have been keeping a journal on my PDA...can write at anytime and keep notes instead of retrieving my thoughts and experiences from memory..where am I??? What day is this???...LOL I have been unable to upload any pictures or transfer my journal entries from the phone to the blog since we left Croatia...none of the internet access points we have run across have a usb port...ugh!! I will try to find an upload port in the next couple of days. I have journals on our...

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May 9, 2006 - The mishaps of Jay & Kristi

I wanted to take a brief moment to share some side notes...funny and aggravating experiences. Toilets - I never realized how many different ways there are to pee..lol Bathrooms in Europe are a crapshoot...no pun intended. So far on this trip, I have spent close to €40 in tolls to pee. Most of the toilets here do not have seats or lids...I have also learned how to pee standing up...yup, just a hole in the ground with a place to put your feet on either side. Figuring out the dozens of different ways to flush has also been a fun game...a few...

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Apr 7, 2006 - Back on the Mediterranean

Caught another ferry today, this time from Patras to Bari. Then on to Rome and my farm stay. Funniest thing, I was on the train to Patras, slightly drifting off, and I raised my head... and actually saw a giraffe. It was on a billboard, cartoonish-like. How weird is that. Started laughing my face off like a howler monkey. Everyone in earshot gave me a look, but it was just too funny. I hope you're reading this Helen. Made a new friend on that train ride too. Her name is Ji Eun, a cute little girl from Korea. We kep eachother company on the...

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I AM SPARTUCUS

Apr 7, 2006 - Olympia

Took the bus out to Olympia, all five and a half hours of it, and was happy with myself for having picked up at least rudimentary Greek during the couple weeks I was there. You really don't pick things up nearly as quickly when you always have an anglophone nearby to talk with as you travel. So even after so long in Greece I don't even have the bare bones of the language understood (it's a hard language), but can manage to get where I'm trying to go, as well as get food and shelter. Athens and most of the islands were quite bilingual (the...

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Cognosce te Ipsum

Apr 6, 2006 - No more Italy, bye from Bari!

Bari - not one to put on your list, but that's ok, it's not advertised to be. It is simply a place to catch a ferry. As with most of my European travel, it is by-the-minute type decision making. Naples was that way...I just decided to go one morning because I couldn't find anywhere else to go. Bari I chose because I had heard it was one of, or, THE biggest port for Greece-bound ferries in Italy. Ofcourse, once I got here I read that many ferries don't run off season, so I began to wonder if my trip had been for naught. Here's a rule of...

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Oct 14, 2005 - Ciao Italia

I ran into Shani and Andre while checking out this morning and said some goodbyes, although knowing us, we may end up crossing paths somewhere in Southeast Asia down the road. Shani also told me that you can go into a separate entrance near the entrance to St. Peter's Basilica to see the tomb and body of Pope John Paul II. I had a few hours before my train down to Bari so I figured I'd check in my luggage at the train station and head over to do that. I also had hopes of squeezing in the Pantheon but when I literally waited in line for an...

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Kristy's World Tour!

Oct 2, 2005 - Contiki - Pompeii to the boat

More time on the bloody bus! But by now we realised that Corfu wasn't far off, two days of relaxing and drinking etc! Got to the boat around dusk and said goodbye to Sean. He had to take the bus back to Amsterdam (alone with an empty bus - boring), then join another tour. He's a busy boy with no fixed abode!! We had to take an overnight boat to the Greek mainland, then take a shorter ferry back to Corfu. We got to sleep in bunks on a ship that liked to vibrate, but again, the trip was disappointingly flat. Had to change boat at 5.30am.

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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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Jul 6, 2005 - Naples, Pompei & Bari Ferry

Overcast but warm. We had a late start this morning 9.30pm. Went to Pompei. We did a guided tour of some of the excavtions. The town was buried under 25metres of ash in 79AD. We saw the temple of Apollo, the temple of Zeus, dwellings and casts of people who had been frozen in time. There were cobbled streets with high paths. They also had road crossings which were 4 stones the height of the paths - about 18 inches high. He reason for the crossings was that the streets doubled as open sewers. From Pompei we then proceeded to Bari, the port...

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Jul 3, 2005 - Alberobello & The Trulli

WOW - the only way to describe this little town. I have never seen anything like it and thought we had arrived at a Smurf Village. The town is made up of Trulli - little houses with conical shaped roofs. Once again we were in World Heritage Land - this time due to the method used to build the Trulli. The oooooollldd days it was forbidden for the poor to use mortar to build their houses, so each house is skilfully built by with well balanced stones. When the tax man used to pay the town a visit to collect house duties the town folk would...

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