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Day 1: Bari

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Bari harbor, our ship in the back
I survived the first night on ship, without getting sick. On the contrary. I thought the motion of the sea was a soporific. :) My "bed" (folded out of the wall, hanging above where step mommy was sleeping) was VERY comfortable. I slept like a baby, thanks to the ear plugs that I remember to pack. Boy, do those two grown ups snore.

After our first breakfast buffet experience (you're lucky if you find a table and still have warm eggs on your plate) we got ready for our first shore excursion. We're cheapskates so we didn't book anything through the cruise line... yet. After getting of the ship, we were on the lookout for a city map. We had one that the cruise line provided, which was a sorry excuse of a copied map on pink paper. *rolls eyes* We got a little folding one at the tourist info right by the harbor gates.
Streets of Bari


Oh great! There's more churches here! Step mommy got excited. The weather was okay. It wasn't cold and it wasn't raining, but there was no sun either. Oh well. Let's go!

So before we even left the harbor there were many, many tourist traps lined along the road. "City tours!", "Taxi tours!", "Blah, blah, tours!" Great! Day 1 and I'm already tired of the locals. ;) Noooo, I'm just kidding. We politely said "No, grazie" and started walking. We saw that the old city part was surrounded by a fortress wall, so we had to find a way in. Wasn't hard.

First impression of Bari. Hmmm. Well, nothing touristy about it really. I think the main reason why the Italian cruise ship made port here was for more Italian passengers to embark. The city itself, don't get me wrong, was nice enough. It was laundry day and it smelled like Downy and other detergents in the narrow streets, where the laundry was hanging - everywhere.
Basilica San Nicola
  Certainly better than what it could have smelt like.

We navigate around half of the city in about one hour. We stopped by the Basilica San Nicola , yup, dedicated to the one Nikolaus that brings candy to German kids on December 6th. The church itself had a very impressive ceiling. Painted with a ton of gold-leaf. Very pretty. The rest of the church was mainly built out of ordinary grey granite. The crypt houses some of the remains of Saint Nicholas and many other relics.

We kept on strolling through Bari's streets and alleys, sticking to the old part of town. We got another cup of cappuccino at a cafe, where we had a very one sided conversation with a little Italian girl.
San Nicola or Saint Nicholas
She was so cute and kept trying to talk to us. She was the owner's niece. I had my little European languages dictionary with me. I asked her for her name... and then couldn't understand the answer. LOL We ended giving her 2 Euros because she was just so darling.

Our last stop before heading back to the ship was the Castello Svevo di Bari. We paid 2 Euros to get in. There were a lot of restorations going on everywhere. The outside is mainly closed to the public. On the second floor (or the first floor for us Europeans) was an art exhibit. On the ground floor we found some excavation sites. It did look like they dug up some old coffins since the holes reminded of a usual burial hole. All the signs here were in Italian though so there was no way of knowing for sure.

Well, that was it for Bari. Back to the ship and tomorrows adventure in/on Corfu.
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Bari harbor, our ship in the back
Bari harbor, our ship in the back
Streets of Bari
Streets of Bari
Basilica San Nicola
Basilica San Nicola
San Nicola or Saint Nicholas
San Nicola or Saint Nicholas
Welcome to Bari map with landmarks
Welcome to Bari map with landmarks
Ceiling inside the basilica
Ceiling inside the basilica
Fort of Saint Anthony, or whats l…
Fort of Saint Anthony, or what's …
Bari harbor for the small boats
Bari harbor for the small boats
Bari Margherita Theater
Bari Margherita Theater
Streets of Bari
Streets of Bari
Cathedral of Saint Sabinus
Cathedral of Saint Sabinus
Diocesan Museum
Diocesan Museum
Castello Svevo di Bari
Castello Svevo di Bari
Excavations inside the castello
Excavations inside the castello
Restoring...
Restoring...
Some artwork that was on display
Some artwork that was on display
More artwork
More artwork
some more art
some more art
The courtyard
The courtyard
Leaving Bari
Leaving Bari
Bari
photo by: alexandra_h