Sunday, December 31, 2000

Arrevederci Italia

Reluctantly we said our goodbyes to Marina and Lello, the delightful couple who have cared for us and cooked for us while the class has been going on. We had a total love-fest with them, and are scheming on ways to keep them in our lives and see them more often. They have huge hearts, beautiful souls, and can cook meals fit for angels!

We drove through many back roads looking for our next place. Here is a lovely pink home we saw as we meandered along the tiny lanes.

We spent our last night in Italy at another stunning Masseria, one that has been recently renovated to be a world-class hotel. This one was situated up on a long hillside, with a distant view of the turquoise Adriatic and the beach town of Monopoli. We found this place on the Internet and got a last-minute deal of €68 for the night, which included a lavish breakfast. They had an enormous "infinity pool" that appeared from some angles to be spilling into the sea.

As in the previous Masseria, there was heavy hunting activity, with volleys of shots ringing out on the forests hillside behind us. This happens early in the mornings, don't know what they are shooting, but it is a little unnerving!

We drove back to the seaside town of Polignano al Mare and took a long walk around the old town, where there were many charming sights, people hanging laundry, shouting from their balconies, and going our for morning shopping excursions, a true Italian operetta happening all around us.

Here was a horse meat specialty shop.

At about noon we dropped the rental car in Bari and headed to the train station to begin our journey north.

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Location:Masseria Santa Teresa, Puglia

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