Well there must have been some very soggy guests at the wedding of the year or indeed for Puglia the wedding of the decade. As the third daughter of Premod Agarwal the iron ore tycoon got married in a three day no expense spared bash. Tourism had pinned it’s hopes on a beautiful and successful wedding in glorious sunshine. Instead they got rain more rain and yet more rain.
To the 800 guests from India they must have wondered if they had even left Bombay or Delhi as monsoonal rains lashed down. This really has been a summer to forget and the forecast looking out for the next 20 days is you guessed it more rain.
Most areas have been affected by the rain though it is selective each day tossing inches of water at one town and leaving the one 3 kms away dry.
Around Foggia to the north there have been massive storms and mudslides. Towns are flooded
The papers are full of photos like the one above as Puglia struggles with the low pressure which has been sitting right over us for 3 days already. However it is nice to see that following the mud slide in the town the dear Italian residents still dumped their rubbish today for the refuse collectors who clearly were not going to come !
It is a real shame for the bride and groom and I guess for the bride’s Dad who invested so much money in the event. I guess they will never forget Puglia.
We are off tomorrow escaping the rain and heading to Southern Greece and then Cyprus.
I have mentioned several times the lack of a customer service ethic in Italy and so it is only right when it bursts out that I give it full praise. Today I got an e mail from the Hotel Residence Nemo in Brindisi where I am staying tomorrow night before boarding Grimaldi Lines on Saturday morning. They asked what time I was checking in and whether I needed anyting from them. I asked by return if they were as near to the port as I hoped they were. Minutes later a reply came back attaching a very clear map with full directions . I then went back and said I had read that Grimaldi Ferries though Italian owned have a terrible reputation for food and could they prepare some panini for us and a bottle of house red wine for the voyage. That too is being done ready for our departure.
In fact Grimaldi have an appalling record according to the reviews on Tripadvisor. It seems they have no organisation when loading vehicles and then passengers. They are therefore always late sailing and, due to the age of the ship, often ask the passengers to take an hand on the oars when the crew get tired. Ramming speed is never attained even with a following wind and so lets hope we don’t meet some Greek galleys on the way over.
I will blog from the other side and let you know what Magna Grecia is like.