Trainspotting

Yesterday at Bari Airport Nichi Vendola Airports Director Puglia opened the new Bari Airport train station. Air travellers can now take the train to/from the airport initially to Bari Central station where they connect to/from the main intercity and inter Puglia trains. However young Nichi assures us that the intention is to have trains stop at the new station quite soon. The journey takes 12-14 mins and will run every 40 mins and cost €5 one way. It supplements the bus service that does the same job by road but given the speed etc and the reasonable price it will no doubt replace it in the end. You can book tickets on the airport site here as well as buy them at the airport and central station.

By the way Bari Airport is called Karol Wojtyla airport and he was …… Pope John Paul II

However Nichi, he of the €364,000 a year salary and the €240,000 bonus plus two company cars we have discussed before seems to have forgotten his job title. Airports Puglia is his mantle and Brindisi are incensed to say the least. The station cost €80 million and there is work now being done on new passenger gates and exec lounges at Bari worth €30 million. Funds for Brindisi courtesy of Nichi err zero. Where is our train station screams the local Brindisi newspapers this morning ? I think it is safe to assume that Nichi lives in a city starting with the letter B and it ain’t Brindisi !

Wow the actual Glenn Miller band in 1941. Rather abrupt ending !

Those of you coming here and thinking of using the mainline train service out of Bari should check where the station is in relation to the town. Even Ostuni is a fair way away from town and some like Cisternino are on the coast miles away from the town.

Talking of trains I am working my way through a series of books about the London Underground. There are twelve in the set to celebrate the 150th anniversary (Kindle daily deal £9.99) . I’m on the Circle Line at the moment by Lucy Wadham. They are in the main autobiographies that relate very loosely to the lines. She talks of her time living on the Kings Road in the 70’s. I was in a flat in South Ken then and used the circle line endlessly. It was especially useful when the flat was cold and you wanted somewhere warm to read the sundays. Buy a ticket at South Ken to Gloucester Road one stop and then go all the way around and get off one stop on and walk back 5 mins. The famous circle line pub crawl was different then too. Many of the stations had very small pubs on them ( they are mini markets now) and so there was no need to get out of the station to have your half pint. There is of course now a website for the crawl 27 stations 27 pubs 27 drinks in 12 hours. It is certainly more entertaining than the Bari Airport site as it lists the pubs nearest the station and the landlords reaction to people staggering in and attempting to order a drink on stop 20 and onwards !

I know it’s not the London Underground it’s a New York subway line but there aren’t many tunes about London Underground. On my old Jones grand tour of New York I used to take house guests on the A train to the Twin Towers then walk them to the Staten Island Ferry to catch that to see the Statue of Liberty. Far far cheaper than taking one of the sightseeing boats and you can have a burger and beers on Staten Island before coming back .The Ferry even slows down as you go past for photos. So a travel tip ! It is the same in San Francisco for Alcatraz  take the Sausalito ferry and enjoy a great bloody Mary or two in Sausalito before returning. I don’t think you can get a great bloody mary outside of the USA can you. The closest I found was in Keith Floyd’s pub in Devon .The celebrity chef knew a thing or two about drinking and hangovers and kept a huge jug of the mix ready on the bar every Sunday morning. He had a small roped off area of the bar for his solitary bar stool and when he wanted to be alone he would tie the rope across and talk to no one. He did however make his mix and vodka available to the customers. At a price. Here he is in Vietnam a little worse for wear.

 

Go on there is one tune about the London Underground done for the 150th it lists all the stations, How many have you been through ?

Puglia train station names to music anyone?

 

About hereinpuglia

Retired to Puglia after some 40 years in the travel industry working for P&O Lines, British Airways, Alamo rent-a-car,Abercrombie&Kent, owner of Quest Tours and Travel and finally Thomas Cook. Married to Geraldine we now have a small house with too much land near the town of Martina Franca in Puglia. Two kids one married and living in Hong Kong and the other single and living in London. No dogs, no cats no animals.
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