Grand Hotel l'Approdo
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Neil's birthday. 35º again. Today we drove down to Leuca, which is at the southernmost part of Italy at the bottom of the 'heel'. We were surprised to find an upmarket town with some very nice properties, a lot of which we decided were probably holiday houses. We drove back ...
... nets, and although the main street has lots of shops selling souvenirs, when you leave this it feels very untouristy and lived in. We walked round the outskirts of the town before visiting an underground olive mill, a small space carved out of the tufa rock where men would work four hours on, two hours off, around the clock to produce oil for lamps, and a blindfolded donkey would ...
... at the pool, swimming, reading and chilling out.
We did have some rain this morning but it quickly disappeared and the sunshine returned but thankfully the intense heat has disappeared. Monday - Saturday afternoon temp 43c. Today a more comfortable 28c.
Thats it from Puglia as we head home tomorrow but this should go on all your bucket lists
Helen and Hilary
Had another wonderful breakfast at our B&B and Helen taught the waiter how to make an americano. We didn't need GPS for our drive to Leuca as we were concerned it would take us via the motorway so we followed the signs and used the sea on the right for guidance. What a wonderful drive hugging the coast. Stopped at several spots along the way and had a wonderful lunch in a tiny hamlet. Grilled aubergine with lots of garlic, herbs, chilli and olive oil. ...
Drove over the flat countryside to Otranto, which overlooks a harbour and beach on the Adriatic coast. Old walls enclose the attractive old town, which protect pedestrianised narrow streets and alleys with old buildings, shops and restaurants and a Roman cathedral, an old fort and a Byzantine chapel. Very different from it's gory history when in 1480 all the inhabitants were executed by invading Turks for refusing to convert (times never ...