I have been somewhat quiet on the blogging front as, for the last 11 months, we have been working flat out on a large restoration project. The house was the first one mentioned in this article. Someone saw it on … Continue reading
Before I came to live in Nardò, I had been backwards and forwards from Monopoli for about six months. I certainly fell in love with the place and thought it extremely beautiful (see Nardo who knew for pictures and description of … Continue reading
One of the things I love about this area of Puglia is that each little town has it’s own character, it’s own dishes and even almost it’s own climate..”Locorotondo (literally round place,as the roads of the centro storico are laid out almost in concentric circles) is no exception.
After an early flourish Spring seemed to get discouraged and go away again, and I began to think that the Puglian motto ‘domani si pensa’ – tomorrow we will think about it – even applied to the weather.
But today is glorious; the sky is blue, the sea a sparkling turquoise and every scrap of spare land, even in town, is carpeted with wild flowers. Continue reading
I have always loved Christmas and in Puglia it is particularly magical…It starts in earnest on the ‘immacolata’ – the 8th of December. The main Christmas lights go up , people have a day off work and decorate their trees, if they haven’t already, and it becomes increasingly hard to get any sense out of anyone on the work front – the holidays have definitely begun, in spirit anyway.
As soon as it gets dark the streets are lit with twinkling lights – no garish multi-coloured neon here, but usually golden, silver or blue, and simple forms such as stars. Lit like this the church domes, medieval arches and wrought iron balconies look particularly romantic and the streets are crowded with people . They are nominally doing Christmas shopping but often, one gets the impression, they are just wandering about, to see and be seen, calling out greetings to friends and neighbours and stopping occasionally, maybe for a hot chocolate with whipped cream, at a bar. Continue reading
To enter the ‘old town’ of Polignano you pass through a deep stone arch, set in the remaining part of the original fortified town wall and, emerging the other side, you do feel like you have entered another world. The … Continue reading
Monopoli has it all; a medieval centre with narrow cobblestoned streets and whitewashed houses, a Baroque cathedral, a Venetian style palazzo overlooking blue painted fishing boats, a castle and the remains of the sixteenth century town walls, complete with cannons. … Continue reading