SUMMER 1963 TOUR, p.24

Ben Oostdam's Autobiography:


Brindisi

regularly visited by Cicero, home of Virgil,
ruled successively by: Greeks, Romans, Goths, Byzantines, Saracens, Longobards,
Normans, Swabians, Angevin, Aragonese, Venetians, Spanish, Austrians, Bourbons

some more recent links: Brundisium: Brindisi home page - Baked Baby Marrows - graffiti
with gratitude to Giovanni Membola who allowed me to use any photos on Brindisi Web!

We woke up early this first day of August to see if we could make it to Brindisi by 8 a.m. Although the country was suddenly flat, we made a wrong turn and had to wait awfully long for a train to pass - watching dozens of pedestrians ducking under the barrier-poles. Anyhow, there was no ferry sailing that morning, so we went for a breakfast consisting of a long loaf of bread filled with meat, cheese and fish.
I also bought two return tickets to Pyraeus at $ 52.50 at one of the many ferry offices available. We looked around in vain for a laundry and a parking garage, finally deciding to leave the car locked in a shady lane with a bed for Rose's Willy. We then went to a restaurant near the harbor, where we ate spaghetti and enjoyed the sky, the Latin sails and the many foreign tourists.

Around 7 p.m. we embarked on the "Angelica" which departed at 19:30. Most tourists were German and French, and I was curious about their experiences.
Ceterum censeo I firmly determined to return to Brindisi one day to investigate its many historic links!
Rose and I put our sleeping bags underneath a life-boat and admired the moon and the quiet blue-silver water of the Strait of Otranto, between the Adriatic and the Ionian Seas.

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Eastern Mediterranean

(please click to enlarge)
(NOTE: trying to find out which sea we crossed, I found that the boundary used to be the shortest distance between Italy and Albania; according to the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) of UNEP, Albania borders Adriatic as well as Ionian Seas)

More marine-related notes:
  • Ionian Sea has Oceanic Crust;
  • westward subduction of Adriatic Plate underneath Italy; c.q. Italy overrides Adriatic Plate
  • Matera moves towards NNE at 4.5 mm/yr,
  • long-term uplift upto 0.5 mm/yr
    (numerous uplifted paleoshorelines and marine terraced deposits)