I would have never thought I’ll visit Bari one day. In fact, I’ve never heard of Bari before around four months ago. While I was strolling the Wenceslaw sq. and wearing my sky high Jeffrey Campbells, an American guy stopped me. His surname was Browne and I remember it so well because it’s a bit like Brownie. So he was telling me that he works in a traveling company and as we were enthusiastically talking about traveling, he mentioned this little almost forgotten place, Bari.

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It reminds me Vietnam in so many ways. Narrow and tall houses painted in sunny colors, honking cars, palm trees… even the people are friendly and short just like in Vietnam, lol! My mom with 156 cm is considered average height here.

The main reason why Browne convinced me to come is very simple. F O O D. So what I was expecting were Orata fish – the ones with teeth, shrimps, crabs, mussels..

Fish market by the sea.. and yes we got ripped off!

but there is so much more!

incredibly plump olives / fresh and sweet tomatoes
Of course the sicilian cannolis! Bari is kinda one of the mafioso district.. but that can be easily forgotten while looking at those..
Of course the sicilian cannolis! Bari is kinda one of the mafioso district.. but that can be easily forgotten while looking at those..

Food from the south is just freaking good. Not only the specialities like burrata cheeseorecchiette pasta or gelato. Also very common things like butter, lemons, milk, bread and cauliflower taste better here. I don’t know why. Might be the sun, relatively humid air or just the charm of the Italians? :p

One of the things I had to get used to was the Oratio, in other words (language, haha), Opening hours. Most of the really Italian shops were opening from 9.30 – 12.30 and then again from 16.30 – 20.30. Sometimes it could vary by half an hour, depending on the owner. On the other hand, the street where big brands like H&M or Zara are located, via Sparano, is opened most of the times, from 9:30 until 20:30. Still it was very odd to me and I wish they were all opened 24/7 because Italian fashion, shoes especially, is to die for.

Overall, I immensely enjoyed Bari. Now that I am back in Prague, I miss the old Italians who greeted me “Ciao bella!” in the streets, the smell of sea and the laid-back atmosphere in general. It’s not the holiday I’d go to with my boyfriend or my girlfriends or not at least now. However, for families or old couples who just want to lie on the beach and eat some octopus with white wine.. that’s heaven.


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