Nick & Betty's European Trip
Oct. 30 to Nov. 17, 2009

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Southern Italy - October 31 to November 7, 2009
Oct 30: We flew Delta into Rome and picked up Hertz rental car Oct. 31: Drove from Rome to Hotel Olympico in Salerno
Hotel Olimpico, a beautiful resort on the Mediterranean Sea We rested here when our rental car blew up & had to be replaced
Nov. 1: Atena Lucana, birthplace of Nick's grandparents Atena Lucana town square on an early Sunday morning
Street leading up to Atena Lucana church Steep walkways in Atena Lucana
Betty climbing up to Atena Lucana's hill-top castle Men gathering for Sunday morning service in Atena Lucana
We stayed overnight in Matera, in "The Sassi" The Sassi means "Stones of Matera"
The Sassi houses date from prehistoric times Nick and new-found friend/chef in Osteria "Al Vicinato"
Halloween decorations in Osteria "Al Vicinato" Cats of Sassi
The Sassi houses are built into the volcanic rock The church of Sant'Agostino
We ate a delicious dinner at this Sassi restaurant The Sassi seen in a winter postcard
The Sassi as viewed from our hotel balcony Our Sassi view as seen at dusk
Nov. 2: Lecce is in the heal of Italy & is over 2,000 years old Lecce- We saw lots of locks like this all over Europe
Alberobello located near Bari and is famous for its Trulli houses Alberobello and its unique Trulli roofs
Trulli houses were built because they were not taxed Alberobello store-front trulli
Monopoli town square near castle of St. Stephen Monopoli has a small port with delicious fish restaurants
Nov. 3: We stayed overnight in Bari, the capital city of Apulia Bari Harbor, near the old town
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