Sunshine and orecchiette.

A lazy day today.  The weather is glorious so it was only right to use the stunning terrace for a bit of RnR today.

Did have a bit of a roam and found a great little corner store selling fresh cuts of meat and cheese. As I’m hoping to be back here later this year it’s a great find!

Showered, changed and out into the city to soak up Saturday.  A glass of primitivo and some tarelli first at Mamma Elvira Enotica then a bowl of orecchiette for dinner.

Simple but honest fayre…

plus a nice ladder

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Cena con uno Michelin star!

Late afternoon and I drove to Martina Franca to meet my lovely friend Gio of the fabulous Green Italy Tours.  He was my greatest find this time last year and became a good friend. We had a wander around Martina Franca. Another lovely town.

 

Then back to Ostuni and dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. Now I don’t often eat like this so it was a real treat but my goodness what a treat. Appetisers that were imaginative and unexpected. Olives that were really olive jellies, an aperol spritzer served in ice and within a white chocolate ball,  crispy sesame,   The list goes on.

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The whole meal was fantastic. Then a walk back into the square and a nightcap at Coffee and More…

Perfetto!

Ostuni. The white city.

I don’t think I talked much about Ostuni when I was here last year. Partly because I didn’t spend enough time here. I’m glad to be putting that right.

Ive spent today wandering around the back alley ways and enjoying the calm. At this time of year there are few tourists so it’s yours for the taking.

Its a beautiful place

And you can even take your garden with you if you move……

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Io sono così felice di dire che sono tornato in puglia ( I am so happy to say I’m back in Puglia)

it’s been a long time and I’m sorry for the silence but it’s been busy and I’ve been plotting…. more of that another time.

Im so happy to be back in Puglia. I arrived in Ostuni yesterday to blue skies….  for two days I’m staying in luxury but then it’s a treat. Marking the end of my fiftieth year.

The views are stunning and I can breathe again…

It’s good to be here……

Thank you EasyJet

Thanks to EasyJet and their super advanced deals I followed my impulse and have booked to spend my last few days of my 50th year where it all began.

This love affair with Puglia is far from over and I  think I have been on a long journey personally too.  I’ve met great people who I hope will remain in my life and I’m learning the most beautiful (and frustrating) language.

So the blog is activated again and as I plan for the year’s end I will keep you posted.

Lecce- ti voglio bene! My last full day

I can’t believe it’s gone so fast. I wanted to make the most of today, so up and out for my morning coffee

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As I was sitting in the Piazza D’Oronzo and people watching, it struck me how old sits with new. Building wise that is. Immediately behind the beautiful seat of Lecce is a modern building built during starker times.

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And yet somehow they both have found their place. I guess that’s what I feel about this place.  Historic buildings aren’t tucked away, or developed beyond recognition, it just is as it is. All are occupied and used for whatever purpose they suit. It’s not so much a historic city but a living history.

Still some thing’s do belong in a museum for protection and I went around the archeological museum today. It was quiet and I was the only person there. They opened it up for me and let me roam at my leisure. Actually a real treat to do. Stopping for as long as I wished, asking questions of the curator because it was just me and her. My own private tour.

The building is also magnificent as you would expect. With a beautiful courtyard.

When I was finished I sat and had a caffe in ghiaccio con latte di Mandorla for the final time and for research purposes only purchased a pasticciotto. It’s a local delicacy – a pastry pie filled with egg custard.

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Had to be done. And I had to bite into it or how else could I show you the inside.

Off to dinner tonight with the lovely Gio. Perfect way to end this trip.

Ti voglio bene Lecce.

Lecce.. morning til night

I went off for a trip to the beautiful city of Ostuni today. This meant an early start.  I love wandering the old city of Lecce early in the morning. It’s so quiet, I feel that it’s all mine. And the morning light is something else..

I had a wonderful day in Ostuni with Jemma. We wandered around the antique market and then sat for a few hours progressing from coffee to a spritz to a soft drink. A meander through the back streets of Ostuni followed. Then I drove home.

Evening in Lecce has its own charms..