Published: May 24th 2011May 22nd 2011
We are quickly becoming adjusted to the Italian life style, slow and easy. We awoke around 9am and enjoyed Cappuccino, prosciutto and mozzarella underneath the trellis overlooking the pool and garden. We have lots of geckos that enjoy the patio with us.
On today’s agenda was spending some time at the Adriatic Sea along the “sandy coastline”. We all piled into the travel mobile with towels and sunblock in hand. Our first stop was the closest beach and it looked as though it belonged on the movie set of The Road in other words it looked like the end of the world. There were three men in suits and we decided maybe they were dumping the evidence of the last person that drove up the wrong drive. So we headed to the next beach along the map.
We reached the next inlet on the coastline and parked the car and started towards the beach, it became apparent that the recycling system in this part of Italy is to bring your trash to the shoreline of the Adriatic Sea and leave it in hopes that it floats out to sea. It was a pretty sad sight to
see, Rich took off walking along the coast line and found an area where at least the trash would be behind us. We settled in for a while and made sure we all put our feet in the sea, we all enjoyed an Italian beer and then decided to head back into Ostuni center.
Once we arrived in the center we were surprised by the amount of people milling around on a Sunday afternoon. A lot of the shops and restaurants were closed but there was still plenty of choices for a glass of wine and a Panini. We had just that and began to watch the Piazza fill with young soccer players all in different color shirts some with wooden flutes that we had hoped would be confiscated real soon. As we enjoyed our sandwiches one of the young players with a big smile asked us “What time is it” we all laughed with memories of that being the first sentence we had all learned in our first year of foreign language. We answered his question and had a small conversation with the team. They were truly a delight as they enjoyed their gelato.
We finished up
our lunch and decided to head back to the villa for a rest and relaxation which of course included more wine. Once rested we headed back into Ostuni for some pizza, more wine , gelato and some people watching. We found a local pizzeria and ordered lots of pizzas and lots of wine. Everything was amazing. Jared has become our translator since finding anyone that speaks English in this part of Italy is next to impossible he has jumped right in with the language and most of the time we get what we ordered. Although Talia’s white pizza came out a fried calzone it still was amazing.
After finishing our dinner we headed out to enjoy the town, we have begun to wonder if children go to school here as there are lots of families out with children late into the evening. We choose our gelato stand and enjoyed the most amazing treat. We headed home rather early since we were due to get up at 8am the next day to find my family heritage 3.5 hours away. Stay tuned……………
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