Rickshaw Tour in Bari, Italy

On our second day, we got to see more of the city by taking a rickshaw tour. Some of the sights, we had stumbled onto ourselves while walking around, but having a local rickshaw rider explain the significance of each sight, and also share some interesting tidbits, made the tour much more memorable.

We stopped to see the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, Bari Cathedral, the outside of the Swabian Castle, etc.

Basilica of Saint Nicolas

Another interesting point, high-lighted by Teresa, our rickshaw rider, were the black tiles (among the regular light tiles) around the old town. These are actually markers, meant for the pilgrims, and they connect all the holy places around town. This is to make sure that souls do not get lost. You will always find your way to another church, basilica, etc. There are 28 churches in Bari.

Then there is the Pillar of Shame, and Teresa demonstrated how a thief would be tied to the pillar. For three days, he had to sit there without food or water, and being near the market, he got rotten tomatoes thrown at him too.

San Nicola/Saint Nicolas is everywhere. The city is permeated by his presence, ranging from today’s pilgrims to kitsch replica in souvenir shops.

President Putin presented the city of Bari with this San Nicola sculpture in 2003.

The old town of Bari is the most charming place. Be warned though, it is a complete labyrinth.

Old Town of Bari

This is a typical Old Town alley. There is laundry to dry, homemade Oriecchette for sale, a scooter parked for a short stop, and people’s conversations are definitely not private.

We used this Velo Service Bike Rental and Tours website for our booking:

http://www.veloservice.org/en/home-3/

Of Churches, the George Cross, and WW II Bombs on Malta

Malta is home to more than 360 churches on just 122 square miles of land. We passed by quite a few churches and domes, too many to even list any names.

During World War II, Malta was heavily bombed, having been a strategic outpost for the Allies. The bombing was so extensive that by the end of the war, Malta was considered the most-bombed nation on the planet. Later on, this title went to Laos, because of its bombing during the Vietnam War.

Quoted from Wikipedia:

The George Cross was awarded to the island of Malta by King George VI of the United Kingdom in a letter dated 15 April 1942[1] to the island’s Governor Lieutenant-General Sir William Dobbie, so as to “bear witness to the heroism and devotion of its people”[2] during the great siege it underwent in the early parts of World War II. The George Cross is woven into the Flag of Malta and can be seen wherever the flag is flown.

Dome in Mosta, Malta

Dome in Mosta

The best way to travel around the main island is by tour bus. We took the North tour one day, and the South tour the following day by double-deck buses.

Malta by bus

Touring Valetta. We had head phones to listen to the recording, but sitting on the deck of the bus, made listening very difficult during traffic.

Valetta, Malta

We got off in Birgu to take a look around for half an hour. More churches.

Birgu church

Sign in Birgu

The next bus for Birgu was supposed to come by 30 minutes later, but some Maltese have a very different attitude towards time and timing, especially compared to us Germans. Be prepared that buses sometimes are late or do not even show up, which was the case in the town of Birgu.

The bus stops are usually located in very nice areas, so waiting another 30 minutes was no problem. We were waiting in the sunshine! We watched this man throw out his fishing rod for about 40 minutes. The fish were so quickly off with his bait, it looked like he had come to feed them.

In the end, he dumped the remainder of his bait straight into the water. It was fun watching him.

fisher & bait

Touring the island by bus is great. Hotels usually sell tickets, and you also find ticket sellers at the bus stop. They are working on commission, and we overheard a feisty female Irish ticker seller arguing over customers with an elderly male Maltese. Be prepared for entertainment.

North tour: 15 euro p.p.

South tour: 17 euro p.p.

Guided Tour through Camp King Oberursel

Twice a year, in May and August, our local historian and Camp King archivist, Manfred Kopp, gives a tour through Camp King.
The next guided tour is set for 12 May 2012 at 14:00.

Meeting place: In front of the EDEKA supermarket on Hohemarkstrasse (you can take the U3 and get off at the station Kupferhammerweg)

Tour fee: € 3

Mr. Kopp is an infinite source of information and this tour is very recommendable.

For more information in German, visit CampKingOberursel.

Camp King Mountain Lodge

For more information about Camp King in English, visit my other website Pension Sprachschule.

Guided Tour in Oberursel

New to Oberursel? Then you might enjoy a guided tour around the old town (Altstadt), which is being offered on Saturday, 5th November, 2011.

The tour starts in front of the Vordertaunusmuseum at the Marktplatz at 2pm and costs €3 per person.

Oberursel Altstadt

In this photo, the Vordertaunusmuseum is the corner building on the left.

For more events in and around Oberursel, visit AllThingsGerman-events.

Guided Tour of Camp King Oberursel

The past Saturday, 28 August, I joined Mr. Kopp’s guided tour through the Camp King areal once more. With about 20 visitors in tow, we walked through Camp King through drizzling rain, sudden sun shine, and heavy showers.

A springlike moment near the Officers’ Club Camp King

Nevertheless, it was a good tour and I was glad to see more people showing up (in May 2010, there were only five visitors). The next one is scheduled for May 2011.

Our group touring Camp King in August 2010

For more information on extra tours, contact Manfred Kopp at CampKingOberursel.

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