Language in Lucca May 2014

10 May

Language in Lucca May 2014.

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Beautiful Villages of Puglia

12 Oct

I have not been very good at keeping up the blog these last few weeks. That is because I was having too much fun! We visited several villages and beach towns during our week in Puglia. The weather was hot and sunny. At meal Times they would serve 7 or 8 types of vegetables first, the. The main course.

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Visiting the towns of Puglia

1 Oct

On Tuesday, after a visit to the market and a bellisimo/buonissimo pastaccheria and a party for Beth’s birthday, we arrived at the Masseria.

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That afternoon we had a cooking lesson with Mamma Julia. We made orchiette pasta, although I don’t think she cooked any that we made.

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A Day at the Masseria Povenzani Farm

29 Sep

Here is where i have been staying all week…in Castelabate, Italy, near Squinzano, near Lecce.

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2 Days in Lecce

27 Sep

I arrived in Lecce by train on Sunday morning to meet up with my tour group. 2 women from California, one from North Carolina, and our leader, Studentessa Matta, Melissa. We are staying in a beautiful suite hotel in the historical center of Lecce.

Lecce is a city of over 100 churches. We took a walking tour of the city and visited several of the Baroque style.

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Melissa’s partners, Michele and Ylenia had planned several activities for us, including language class, gelato making and wine tasting.

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Doors of Puglia

26 Sep

There are so many beautiful doors in Puglia!

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From Bari to Polignano A Mare

23 Sep

Thursday, Holly and I traveled to Bari, a large shipping and industrial city on the Adriatic coast. We did this because Holly had an early flight up to Venice to meet her husband and friends. However, for me, it was crazy stressful driving on unmarked streets. The best part was visiting Eataly , which was beautiful and much larger than the New York one, however the restaurants were closed and we were only able to get prosciutto crudo alla barese. Or thick, tough ham with lots of fat.

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So much for Bari, probably wont return there. I took Holly to the airport on Friday and i took the train to the seaside town of Polignano A Mare, where I stayed for 2 nights in the Old Town. Very picturesque, built on the side of the cliffs.

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