19.03.2015 - 21.03.2015
The Italian portion of our trip is rapidly coming to a close. Tomorrow we drive to Rome airport and fly to Athens. We left Modica early to spend another day in Siracusa, and the women who run the B&B were delighted to see us a second time. During most of the day the rain held off so we had time to wander with Joachim and Antonette, who took the train since we didn't have room in our car. The highlight was eating lunch in the open air market where we drank Prosecco, and had some of the best mozzarella and sausage I have ever tasted. At night thunderstorms rolled in, and we holed up in a small bar, drinking Grand Marnier, and talking about whether the German temperament had anything to do with Hitler. I couldn't have asked this question of any other Germans, but felt comfortable enough to do so with the two of them. The answer was complex, in that they felt the previous generation of Germans was considerably more rigid and conformist than subsequent generations.
Here in the pleasant town of Salerno, just south of the Amalfi Coast, we finally got lucky with weather, and have had two nice days to check out the museums and hang out on the seaside promenade.
And yes, have some pastry at one of the many bakeries. There seem to be at least half a dozen on most blocks downtown.
Shopping street. No cars.
Street at dusk
Fabian, our host at the B&B apartment, has been quite agreeable and helpful, coming out to find us when we, as per usual, had trouble locating his place.
View from our room
Open air market just outside our apartment