The town of Otranto rests just before the tip of Italy’s boot heel in the Puglia region. Said to be Italy’s main port to the Orient for nearly 1,000 years, Otranto was fast asleep. Arriving later in the day on an empty stomach, I stumbled upon a restaurant still filled with diners. The owner I assumed, the Italian woman that wore the pants in her relationship with her husband, quickly told me they were closed but they would make me something quickly. As all of the other diners got up and left, I began wondering if I said something wrong or smelled of a long car ride. Regardless, her kindness left a mark on me in Otranto, a town dressed in only white. It was hard to imagine 18,000 Turks killed 800 Christians here in the 15th century. A settlement so peaceful could hardly be besieged in my mind, especially after viewing the color of its waters and its Greek looking homes.
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