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Published: June 17th 2017
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The past few days have been quiet for me (some rest and reflection) so today I need to get back into the swing of things. Plans have been made for the next few days and it's my last day in Vasto.
What better way to start than with some shopping. First shop, two tops. Exhausted - time for a €1 caffe latte. Just as well food is so cheap, shopping is not.
It's mamma's birthday today so I've also decided to spend the day celebrating (drinking and eating). Mum's not here, but that's not the point. She loves cheese so I'm gonna eat it.
Mum is on a day "Game of Thrones" tour out of Belfast with Irene. Poor thing wouldn't even know what Game of Thrones is but Irene will fill her in. How hard could it be? I know nothing.
Anyway, back to my day. Luckily the 1st coffee stop is under the town Torre so I can say I've seen that. It's a big brick tower thing, with a coffee shop underneath. Who knew they had coffee shops back in those times? Coffees must have been really cheap then.
I'm writing as I go today as
I expect to be too tired (i.e. drunk) to write when I get back to the room tonight. All mum's fault - it's her birthday. Luckily I have three more birthdays to celebrate in the next week - Michael, Princess H and JoJo.
Bit more shopping and some shoes as promised for G! Visited the Church of Santa Maria. I can visit lots of churches now G isn't here - she's afraid of them. Wasn't sure what I was walking into in this one. Jesus was there laying on his coffin. Bit creepy (see pics).
Next it's lunch. Have ordered something in Italian. I just agree. I think it's pasta and vino. So far I've received bruschetta (I don't like tomato but the garlic bread is nice). Oh, and the vino bianco.
Stuey - this is a test. Are you reading this???
So I just stuffed myself with pasta and clams, prawns, mussels, squid and octopus. That's the entree. I'm hoping they don't bring out any more.
Secondo bianco is fine of course-o.
Escaped without any more food and off home until everything opens again. It's siesta time for all. Everyone goes home from work for about 2 hours to cook pasta.
Shops shut, museums closed.
Back into town in the rain tonight to visit the Archeological Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art. Both were housed in a massive palace. Hundreds of rooms and I was the only visitor. It was a little scary to be alone with rain and thunder outside. I mentioned this to the attendant on the way out at which point she mentioned it is believed there is a ghost in the palace. Awesome!
I came across a plaque in the city recognising the Perth-Vasto sister city relationship. I was chuffed to spot it. Perhaps don't mention the typo to Lisa.
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