All fall down!!!

By john

Today we left Lido Metaponto early after a quiet nights sleep. Heading for Matera to look at the village (now a large town) famous for its cave dwellings.

We struggled to find the sign posted camper parking but did find a parking spot almost within the cave area. It was a disabled space surrounded by steps!! So we decided to park here as there where 3 spaces. I cheekily put our blue Pendle parking sign on the dashboard and then off we strolled.

After 1/2 an hour feeling guilty we returned and I then went to take a few more photos. On my return Susan was accosted by a lady putting up a sign inviting a visit to here church to see the wall painting in the 12th c cript (a cave)for 1€ so off she toddled to look as I stood guard. After 1/2 an hour she returned just as the other spaces where being filled.
The next job was to do a Lidl ..plugging in the co-ordinates off ..we went for about 30 klm back towards the main road to Sicily …we found the road sign saying road closed so we followed the diversion for 4 klm before giving up and turning around on returning to the road block sign …we found locals going past the signs. So as in Italy … do as the Italians do, we followed then up an old road towards Montescaglioso. only to find this road partially collapsed and the new road totally missing below us. Onwards and upwards our road turned to loose stone but lo and behold just ahead the Lidl sign … at the turning into the car park we found Lidl had disappeared too. Oh well a little shop done in town and off to the road to Sicily only to find the other road had gone as well so ignoring sat nav (called Bl***y sat nav) we just headed south with turn around when possible ringing in our ears. (BSN)
As we had plenty of time we decided to do quite a big journey and plumbed in a sosta but on arrival a big camp site .. so no thank you. The next sosta location took us to Rosano and by chance there we found an intact LIDL and finished our shopping. As this sosta was in town we headed for another near the coast trying a port( no not allowed) plus this area looks very grotty (imagine the grottiest town in your own area and put a dirty beach there that’s it) and not safe we then headed for one further on (it’s now raining as well) only to find it’s not open yet ,so we drove past it to the beach road and parked there where I’m writing this with a beer in hand ( and the sun comes out) pizza for tea with coleslaw and salad lovely.

Horse meat pate anyone ????

Author: "Travels with Harry Hymer"

Me and Him and Hetty like adventures ..We spend most of our summers sailing Now a little elderly for big boat racing and have turned to Radio Controlled Yachting competing nationally and even internationally ..I have travelled to many countries in my other life BJ (before John)lots of Indian backpacking trips. Panning gold in the Yukon..Pacific island hopping ..Far east and so on ..John won't go to India but I managed to get him to Morocco and Sri Lanka but didn't expect a Tsunami.

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