June 04, 2003

Aaah Italy

What a great country! I've just spent a week there with Sacha, Bel and Frank and had a fantastic week.
We stayed near Bari and spent the week getting sun, driving around, and seeing touristy things. The place is just so picturesque, and we checked out a lot of towns, and I've got plenty of photos in the bag from the week.

One of the main thing that i noticed was that the Italians drive like total maniacs! They will drive and stop wherever they feel like - a tiny tight corner in an old part of town had someone stopped right on the fucking road just on one inner edge of the corner. Wouldnt move and we had to queue up wating for cars to come around the busy blind corner. Not to mention driving with foot assuming the brake and accelerator pedals are binary (either not on or stepped on hard).

Ok rant over...the towns built into the cliffs are absolutely amazing, so picturesque and very historical. It's so hard to believe that these structures can be built in the positions they were! We had dinner one night in a restaurant that was built into a cliff cave, which was totally unique and absolutely amazing. Bel and Sacha didnt have the better dishes unfortunately, but I had a great swordfish steak. It's a must-see if you're in Polignano.
We looked around the surroundings of Bari, saw some lovely little towns (Trani is very picturesque), and got some beach...no sunburn but lightly tanned! The people speak little English except the younger ones, but it's not a major tourist destination anyway.
A day trip took us to the Amalfi coast to check out some of the breathtaking scenery whilst driving along the coastal road. Dodging huge tour buses around the incredibly tiny and windy roads also leads to lots of "AAAH"s. But it's definitely worth it! Positano is quite an amazing little town in itself, built into the sides of a valley to the beach. Lots of touristy stuff there too though!
We stayed the night in Sorrento as it was late and we did not want to do the 3 hour drive back to Bari, so a cheap hotel later and we had another day there. With Bel in bed hurling up chunks, she missed out on the little tour of Pompeii that we did. The ruins there are quite breathtaking, seeing a city in such a preserved state after 2000 years!

One long drive back to Bari, a minor bout of foodpoising later, we the headed over to Rome the next day to fly out.

Posted by Ben at June 4, 2003 02:13 PM

Hi Ben! You don't remember me. You last saw me in 1997, at Zip. I was there for a few weeks doing miscellaneous stuff.
I've been doing the rounds - talking to people you know like Horms, Raster etc.
Got me to wondering how you are these days. You always seemed like a nice guy, then you went to the netherlands and all that. So where are you these days?


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