No matter where I am in any city or village around the world, I have the urge to move on after about 3 days and Lecce for all its appeal has been intimately explored every church, monastery, Basilica and museum entered and as is my want, photographed and notes for possible mention in my blog.
The day excursion to Gallipoli was worthwhile both for the means of travel there and the medieval township and fort. It is a fishing village but there was not much in terms of natural beauty.
Today Thursday there was quite a bit of thunder and rain which cleared by early afternoon. It was only the second occasion in all the time I have been away, the first being late at night whilst I waited to board the ferry at Igoumenitsa. Indeed the gods have been kind to me weather wise this last month especially the swim trek week when it was perfect!
Tomorrow I take the high speed train to Rome and perhaps some shopping before I head home on Saturday.
As it was wet weather I stayed for the most part at La Fiermontina my decadent “urban resort” reading, swimming in their pool and practicing the Recorder.
I mentioned the slow disintegration of many of the limestone buildings. Pictures to illustrate the issue!
I stumbled into the vestibule of what seemed to be going government offices. An imposing limestone edifice and to my amazement saw this freize around one of the windows . It looked very very old yet no attempt to protect or preserve it!