Life's a Beach!

Trip Start May 14, 2011
Trip End Jun 04, 2011

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Villaggio Camping Oasi
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Flag of Italy  , Puglia,
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

(C) The Gargano continues to amaze.  Today we spent time working on the travelpod, looking at our pictures and going to the beach!  Before I get into today's entry, I need to emphasize the fact that the beach here is unlike anything I've ever encountered anywhere I've been.  The sand is incredibly fine, which makes it feel like dust on your feet.  But it's not powder sugar sand like in Cancun - nor is it pink - it's golden and a bit dusty.  But it doesn't cloud the water at all.  Also, the beach goes out for about 100 meters, so you can walk forever on soft sand and play in the waves, which is absolutely perfect for the dolphin in you.  After about 3 hours, I just about had to drag travel partner out of the surf.  She was about to sprout fins.

We went to dinner in old-town Vieste this evening.  I have to say that this town is much more intersting that Peschici.  So if you're trying to decide about which town might be cooler - pick this one.  Peschici is cool - don't be confused - but Vieste is cooler.  It's a little bit bigger, without being overwhelming, and there's more going on.  We wandered through several streets this evening, looking for the highly acclaimed restaurant of communal tables in circa 2001 Lonely Planet.  Guess What - not there.

But we found it anyway.  The streets of Vieste are worth wandering about, so don't despair if your target restaurant has passed on.  You can't do wrong wandering around here.  It's a combination of italian hill town and seaside village.  We were in search of a restroom which sped things up a bit, but shock-of-shocks, I actually found the restaurant we were searching for -- albeit it had changed names.  Yesterday's "restaurant of the caves" or something like that, has turned into "Ristorante Arcaroli" which has all the same communal tables described in the LP.  They've just made it a bit more intimate than before.  Anyway, it was a very nice dining experience.  Our meal was tipici, meaning pizza, primi, secondi, dolci, but I give this Vieste eatery three thumbs up for location if nothing else.  The wine was good and the food was - well, tipici.  Vieste is an awesome italian town.

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