Bari, Italy in Late November

Every year late November, my travel companion and I go away for a few days. Over the years, we have been to Mallorca, Malta, Tallinn/Estonia, and Thessaloniki/Macedonia. This year, it took us to Bari in Apulia, a region at the heel of Italy’s boot.

We got very lucky with the weather – sunshine, blue skies and an average temp of 20°C for three days.

My first view from the balcony of my B&B in the old town of Bari.

Old town of Bari

The houses in the old town are quite narrow and usually have three floors with a rooftop terrace. As one of the locals explained to us, the bottom serves as the kitchen and the place to eat. The upstairs is for sleeping and bathrooms. These houses have no living rooms, as we know it. The ‘living’ is done mostly outside. You are only inside to eat, sleep, and shower. Not to live there.

We passed many of these homes with their front door open. I often saw a grandmother sitting there, the TV was on, people kept going in and out.

This was my room at the B&B ‘Bella Bari’. As each floor only had one room, I basically had the whole (small) floor to myself. It made for a fairly spacious bedroom and bathroom.

This was the view from our rooftop terrace. Initially, we had plans of sitting up there every night with some wine. But when you get lost walking around the old town, walk all day, we had no more energy left to climb to the top terrace (terraces on the 4th and 5th floor). This photo was taken shortly after we had arrived.

View over Bari Old Town

This square separates the Old Town from the new town.

Square between Old Town and new town Bari

The lights installed around the Old Town emit a special warmth and glow. The wine helps too, but the camera doesn’t lie (as my husband likes to remind me 🙂 )

Our first day there was well spent. We got lost a few times, walked and laughed a lot, and managed to stop here and there for some refreshments. When going to Bari Old Town, wear good and sturdy shoes.

Did I mention Primitivo is an excellent wine..?

Lufthansa Possibly on Strike November 2019

If you are affected by the possible Lufthansa strike on 7 and 8 November 2019, or any future strikes, please refer to this website with your booking code.

https://www.lufthansa.com/us/en/flight-information

‘Walking Woman’ Sculpture at the Bad Homburg Train Station

A little while back, I took the S5 train from Bad Homburg to Oberursel. When I first saw the sculpture, I had to take a double look. When I looked closer, I was really touched by its beauty.

The art work ‘Walking Woman’ by the British artist Sean Henry was part of his Blickachsen (line of sight) Exhibition in 2013.

The city of Bad Homburg acquired this art work for € 100.000, and of course, some found reasons to oppose this purchase.

What I like about her:

She has neither handbag nor smart phone. But based on her stride, she knows where she’s going.

Number of Traffic Jams on German Autobahns in the Summer of 2019

The German ADAC (German Roadside Assistance) counted 594 traffic jams of 10km/6.2m in length (and more) on the twelve weekends during summer school break in 2019. German schools, in general, have six weeks of summer break, but due to the varied starting dates for each German state, the total number comes to 12 weekends.

This year’s number is up by 16% from the previous year with 510 traffic jams. The summer of 2017 saw 791 traffic jams on the Autobahn.

Most traffic jams occur on Fridays, which is taking the lead at 48%.

This summer (18 August), the longest traffic jam happened on the A4 route Görlitz – Chemnitz stretching over 28km/17.4 m in length.

This Friday, I’m expecting some visitors coming in by rental car from Munich. They’ve been advised to leave Munich early to make their 16:30 appointment for a tour around here. It’s best to avoid using the Autobahn on Fridays, if possible.

Dambach-La-Ville and its Vineyards

We had come through this little town on our previous trip to the Alsace. Last fall, on our way back to Germany, we stopped here for lunch. That’s how we discovered it. It had been so quiet on that Sunday afternoon, which made us curious enough to return for a weekend stay this year.

There are very few cars here, no traffic lights, no screeching of tires, and no blasting horns, and the few dogs we encountered did not even bark.

This was the perfect place for a little get-away. On our Sunday morning walk, we only heard the church bells ring.

A combine for the grape harvest

Those yellow buckets will probably be put away until next fall.

A single red leaf sticks out in the morning sun.

Vineyards around Dambach-la-Ville

All views, taken from any slope, will direct your eyes to the church.

Autumn colors

The photographer is being photographed. 🙂

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