Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Water Taxi across the Harbor in Brindisi, Italy
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Brindisi has a beautiful
street along their famous harbor.
We had just finished
strolling along the
Way, down the Via Colonne and we visited inside the
centuries-old Cathedral located there.
We even did some
sailing and had a good meal at
the many restaurants lining the harbor.
Today we were taking the
ferry across the inner port to have a look at the monument dedicated to the sailors
who have lost their lives in various wars in this city.
For pocket change, we
bought tickets and the ferry took us to the other side.
Inside the ferry
The entrance to the ferry is shown on the
right of this photo where the sunlight is streaming through. It was another
beautiful day in Brindisi, and we were looking forward to going across the
little bay here and seeing what was there.
The green boxes on the wall above the Life
float are where we purchased our tickets. We just put our Euros in, clicked the
buttons for 2
tickets and out they came!
Behind the wall is where the captain is
driving the ferry.
Photo of our tickets
As you can see here, our
tickets cost $2.20 Euros each, just a pittance.
The ticket machines were
easy and clear to use.
Inside the ferry looking out the windows
As you can see, the ferry is clean and offers
many seats for passengers.
This commuter boat is used both by tourists
and by those who work on one side of the harbor or the other.
Although I could not find an official
schedule, we observed that it left very regularly, about every 20 minutes.
Here we are, pulling away from
the walking area and heading on to the other side.
As you can see, it's a beautiful morning, and
the port itself is very clean.
Restaurants and historical buildings line
Historical buildings and Roman Column
From this vantage point you can see the long
stairs that lead to the Roman Columns signifying the end of the Appian Way.
Behind the columns is the Via Colonne, an attractive road lined with 17 and 18th
century palaces, and it goes right past the city's Cathedral.
To the left of the Roman Column is a cream
colored building with black shutters. This is the Palazzo Montenegro, a 16th
century palace and is a prime example the Baroque architecture in Brindisi.
Brindisi is a truly beautiful historic city.
More historical buildings along malecon
We are almost to the other side of the inner
harbor, so you can see it's not very wide.
To the right in the photo you'll see white
tents that cover outdoor seating at a restaurant on the water. It's so lovely to
eat in one of these seaside places - such a view and the weather was
consistently good while we were there.
Such a change from our weather experience in
But then people have complained about the
weather for centuries, right?
The Fan Tail of the Ferry
The ride wasn't long, maybe 10 minutes, and
the ferry landed.
We were let out on the sidewalk with the view
of where we left. We could stay as long as we wanted of course, to walk around
this side of the town and perhaps have lunch.
When we landed, people were already waiting
in line to take the ferry back to the other side of the inner harbor.
Military Naval Ship
We walked around and saw the monument to the
sailors as we had planned.
We didn't pursue this side of the harbor
much, preferring to have our lunch at one of the outdoor restaurants lining the
In this photo you see us coming back to the
main malecon and these military naval ships were docked here.
For centuries, ships
have been in this harbor, whether it was the Romans, the Ostrogoths, Byzantines,
Lombards, and Saracens, or during World War II by the British and Canadians.
The end of the Appian Way
We are returning from where we started, and
from the water this gives a good view of the steps and columns marking the end
of the Appian Way.
You will see the word "Pace" written between the columns, which is the Latin
word for Peace.
all this harbor has endured over centuries of invasion and war, and after what the peoples of this town have gone through...
Peace is an appropriate message for all to see.
Phone numbers for the Port Authority and
First Aid Station
Brindisi Port Authority: +39 0831 562650649,
+39 0831 414423, +39.083121022, +390831562650
Port first Aid station:
0831/590220 - 0831/590401
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