Saturday, September 15, 2012


Bari is a seaport in southeastern Italy, and also includes an airport named after Pope John Paul II under his secular name Karol Wojtyła.  Polignano a Mare, where my tour group stayed, is about 20 miles to the southeast.  We walked past Bari's old castle, of which this is one corner bastion.

One another side of the castle is the entrance, which is reached by walking over a bridge.

Looking further down the wall towards another bastion.

Some people in Bari make their own pasta to sell to local restaurants.  There were some women in a narrow alley making orecchiette ("little ears") pasta, while being observed by a few tourists:

We visited the Basilica of St. Nicholas, which includes his tomb in a lower level chamber, his relics having been brought from Myra in Asia Minor to Bari in 1087.  There was a ceremony taking place when we walked through, so I couldn't take any pictures due to the large crowd in the tomb chamber.  Back in the main part of the church, I took this shot of a statue of St. Nicholas, with some flash reflection from the glass casing.

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