12.04.2013 - 12.04.2013
Settling into this island life.... Strange place kinda a little sad but fascinating. Tiny narrow streets barely wide enough for cars generally with no footpath to speak of. If a car or truck comes along one has to often press up against a wall. Oh & pray !!!!
We have an apartment here so decided that as it's a predominately fishing island we should partake. If you see our photos we were actually at the port when the fishing boat came in at 3 pm . Bill bought us two whole fish . Bill says they are a little like fat sweep . Right ! We then went shopping for potatoes , salad & onions . Should be an interesting effort. Fish was so fresh it was still flapping . I didn't like that bit much . Bill of course called me a wus !
Ok enough of the domesticity ...off to see the sites of this forgotten place. We decided to make the long walk right to the highest point of the island where the ancient palace is situated. Unfortunately it is now uninhabitable but believe it or not it was a prison until 1988. Oh it must have been quite barbaric .
We then went on further to the church perched right on the rocks . We took a tour ( well kind of a tour ) you pays your € & are handed a few pages to follow. They were at least in English not Italian.. It did make it easier to follow what the hell we were looking at .The macabre ....these countries have a penchant for the macabre but it gets me in every time .
I must say at this point we have seen a lot of creepy places since we started travelling in 1970's but this place gave me the horrors. It had a very unpleasant vibe to me.
Bill says he found the odours were from the past. There is a large open graveyard there dating back many centuries. It was used for the poor & perhaps it was still talking. It has been covered due to health requirements this era . Glad I didn't visit before they covered it !
Only the rich could afford the taxes to be buried properly .
History trip finished we went back down the hill keeping close to the walls & looking for somewhere for lunch. Went to the marina & Bill had another meal of mussels & I had scaloppine & very spicy eggplant salad. This was of course washed down with a light white .All good & pleasant .
We are now about to start the evening fish delight. This is Bill's department today. Cheers all .