Category Archives: Puglia

Galatina’s Holy Treasure: Basilica di Santa Caterina d’Alessandra

Among the most important cities in Puglia’s Salento sub-region is Galatina. A lovely Baroque gem, it is located midway between Lecce and Gallipoli, in the heart of the Grecia Salentina. Until 1861 Galatina was called San Pietro in Galatina in … Continue reading

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♦Turning the Page on 2016…Hello 2017!♦

Looking back on 2016, WOW! What a mixed bag – on all levels! A roller coaster ride of  blockbuster proportions on some fronts – personal and global… Changes, upsets, upheavals, progress, set backs, surprises…letting go and embracing and … reunions, … Continue reading

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Sculpture Salento Style – Sun, Sea & Wind

Today we will meet a master sculptor from the Salento sub-region of Puglia. Today we will meet Renzo Buttazzo…

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♥ The Road Home – Back to Reality?

♥ Reflections on My Italian Journey ♥ September 4 – October 27, 2016  “Where you are is who you are. The further inside you the place moves, the more your identity is intertwined with it. Never casual, the choice of … Continue reading

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♥ My Italian Journey: We ♥ Puglia! ♥

We ♥ Puglia! “Nothing significant exists under Italy’s sun that is not touched by art. Its food is twice blessed because it is the product of two arts, the art of cooking and the art of eating.” -Marcella Hazan Another … Continue reading

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♥ My Italian Journey: Head Over HeelZ in Puglia! ♥

♥ What is Salento Style? ♥ “I believe that no place could be found where life passes, in its essences, more delightfully than here.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I think I’ll … Continue reading

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♥ My Italian Journey Heads to the Heel: Puglia! ♥

♥ La Dolce Vita Salento Style! ♥ This will be my fifth time visiting Puglia and my fifth small group tour. I’m often asked if I get tired of returning to the same places? And my answer is always, always, … Continue reading

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♥ Here I Go Again! My Next Italian Journey ♥

♦ I Have My “E-Ticket” ♦ “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves.” – Pico Iyer I remember when an “e-ticket” meant something besides “electronic ticket”! Way, way, way before electronic tickets or pretty … Continue reading

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♦ Puglia PostZ Redux ♦

Back in 2013, when I was anticipating my first trip to and tour in Puglia, I did a lot of research and published a series of posts which I called Puglia PostZ. This series was intended as an introduction to … Continue reading

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Puglia PostZ #3: Let’s Visit Lecce, The “Florence of the South”

Benvenuti! Welcome to Puglia! This fall (2016) and in 2017 we will once again be “Kicking Up Our HeelZ” in Puglia, the charming heel of Italy’s boot. This is the third in a series of Puglia PostZ which I published … Continue reading

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