01-May-2001 -- On the May 1, 2001, a very fine day (sun was shining, and the
temperature was 28C), we visited this point on our earth. We went 200 km in
the south of Italia in a very impressive countryside with rather high and
strange looking mountains. The last part of our trip was in the Pollino
We drove over steep hills and on small roads to reach a village called
Our map showed that the crossing point is near to
this village. First it was very easy to go, it seems that one road goes
directly to our target. As we stopped the car and started to go we thought
this point is directly behind a pizzeria where we can afterwards celebrate
our success, but as we went behind the pizzeria a very angry dog avoided our
easy trip. So it was necessary for us the make a longer walk around the hill
to reach our goal.
There we had the next surprise. We met Guiseppe a really Italian native.
Directly in front of his house in a grain field, which was not possible for
us to enter, we found the famous point. Our distance was approximately 20 m
to the crossing point.
Afterwards Guiseppe invited us to a cup of coffee. He
is a very lonely man, so he was happy about the opportunity to speak with us
or better to us (we can not speak Italian so we did not understand very
much). He tried to explain to us the history of his life. His wife died some
years ago and since then he lives alone in his house and thinks very often
on his wife. He showed us a lot of photos of her. His children are living
in Roma. To meet this man was an interesting event for us. He invited us to
come again, when we are in this part of Italia.
On our journey back we were thinking how much can happen when you go to such
a special point.
See more pictures at http://members.fortunecity.de/augdopplit/Confluence/40N16E/40N16EE.htm