Arrival in Bari was as if to a ghost town…deserted streets, closed shop fronts, silence…I guess 4pm on a Sunday is eating and resting time…so I ate, and I rested…

Re-emerging from my cocoon a few hours later was to a totally different world – Bari coming to life… I joined a procession to San Nicola, slipped into the end of mass in the basilica, strolled among the millions (or so it seemed) during the passegiatta and watched the sun come down over the wooden rowing boats and fibreglass yachts of the harbour…

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Procession to San Nicola
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Procession in the streets of the Old Town

What to do
Bari is a huge port and place of pilgrimage for devotees of Saint Nicholas. There is the Basilica of San Nicola and the Cattedrale of San Sabino.

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Basilica di San Nicola
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Inside the Cattedrale di San Sabino

 

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Inside the Cattedrale di San Sabino, the final destination of the San Nicola procession
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Statue of Saint Nicholas

Walk through the narrow labyrinthine streets of the old town and around the waterfront promenade…

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Entrance to the Old Town
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Castle

 

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View along the shores of Bari

A lovely beach begins about half a kilometre from the city centre and extends for a few hundred metres. Because Bari is very windy (be warned) it is ideal for kite-surfing. I can spend hours watching the tricks, flips and glides along the waves of these virtual performers.

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Kitesurfing
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McDonalds cappuccino – guilty as charged…
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