Most winery's in Italy provide tours, I hope to visit more shops.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
I took my first wine tour this weekend and really enjoyed the opportunity to see the wine production process up close. We visited a few places but only one winery provided a tour. The first winery was filling 'jugs' of wine like we fill cars with petrol. I have never seen this before but it seems to be typical in Italy. Something we should consider adopting in the US.
Brindisi is a port city on the Adriatic Sea side of the heal of Italy. I took a train from Taranto and visit Brindisi for a few hours, this is one of the places I'm thinking about moving too.
The small fishing boats seem like they would be fun to cruse around in. It's difficult to see but there is a small prop out the back end of the boat. At first I thought they were 'paddle' style boats.
I guess I should also note that most people consider fish from the Brindisi side of the boot to be more safe to eat than fish from the Taranto side. Taranto is known as a steel mill town and many of the chemicals have washed (or been pumped) into the sea. Many people have concerns about mercury and other toxins being present in the fish from that side. After learning this I kind of avoided fish from Taranto. But I look forward to fish from this side, because I'm sure toxins, water and fish can't flow or swim around the heel over to here!
One of the first tourist things I did in Taranto was visit the Castle. Italy is kind of like Japan in that most of the cities have an old castle. Looking at the map below, I moved to a hotel in the upper left corner and the castle is the orange area in the lower right.
My first rental car in Italy was a Renault Koleos.
Eventually I will get a lease car, but till then I will keep renting cars. I hope to get something smaller and more sporty next. Not quite as small as the red car though. Ironically, the Koleos is an imported car to the EU. I think final assembly of this vehicle was in Busan, South Korea, but it might have been made in the Russian Federation.
About 3 weeks ago I landed Sunday afternoon at the southern Italy airport of Bari and drove about a hour south-west to Taranto. The first hotel I stayed at was the Acor Mercure Defino, located in the newer area of Taranto. You can see the view from my rooms 5th floor balcony, looking north west.
The Defino is okay, but the rooms are kind of old, dirty and the showers are not much wider than my shoulders. I ended up staying here about a week.
I started looking for dinner around 5pm and finished dinner around 8pm, I thought that was a long time.