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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 ...
... millstone. The temperature remained a constant 18º to 20º. The workers were the only ones to be allowed dispensation from church. It is one of 35 old olive mills, each having its own spring water, and the oil was then stored in any one of 2000 cisterns carved out beneath the old town. In 1500 Gallipoli was the most important producer of lamp oil in Europe. We lunched overlooking the sea at ...
... 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. ...
... an early warning system against pirates' attacks. We then drove inland back to Maglie through several small towns and lots of olive groves. Most of the houses have flat rooves, and the more modern ones are not especially attractive, but interesting to see. The only architectural buildings are churches and palaces once owned by rich families. There are quite a lot of run down buildings and breeze blocks on display!! Another hot day, but lovely.