Had we known what would be involved in this journey we would have approached it with a little more trepidation.
So here we are 1 taxi, 1 plane, 2 buses, 1 train, 2 rental cars, 7 hotels, and 1000+ miles later...
...we have arrived at our destination. Where the the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet at the very sole of the heel of the boot of italy.
Santa Maria Di Leuca
Before the war, Eliza's grandparents were engaged but they had not officially gotten married because it would have made things really difficult for them, knowing what might lie ahead in perilous times. As the war progressed, her grandfather was sent to camp after camp and her grandmother was hiding in her home town in a neighbors' attic. When the war ended, neither knew that the other had survived. Her grandmother had heard that Zeida's name was written on posting board in Modena, Italy of people who were still alive. So her grandmother left the displaced persons camp in Austria to go find him. She had to smuggle her way into Italy from Austria, crossing the Alps; and as the story goes, sliding down the mountain on a suitcase. When she arrived in Modena, she found that he was transferred to this other town. We have no idea how long and hard the road was for her, but now we have a small picture that this was not an easy journey.
Noah's favorite past time
The Next Great Explorers
This cave (grotto) opened up to the sea by that light behind them.
We actually stayed right at that lighthouse in the background.