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September 11, 2013

Summer Plans

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True sign of a travel junkie--Get back from one trip and immediately begin planning another.

Next June, Puglia. I've been intrigued by the region for a while, from mouthwatering descriptions of its vegetable-focused food, photos of the unique trullo houses perched among centuries-old olive trees, coastal towns, whitewashed villages, vibrant Baroque cities.

It was a challenge finding frequent flyer flights that would work for us. Everything from Boston seemed to have a stopover in England, which tacked on a several-hundred dollars taxes and fees charge per ticket. Or, we'd have to do torturous routes of 3 plane changes, often taking two days. What I ended up with was flights out of New York, with a stopover in Dusseldorf on the way over, and an overnight in Berlin on the way back. We'll fly into Rome; and out of Bari.

First week--Rome. We haven;t been since 2005, so we're long overdue. This will be our third visit there, so we won't feel compelled to do the most obvious tourist things (though an early morning wander through the Forum with the Blue Guide in hand will probably happen again). Museums, slow walks, long lunches under a shady umbrella. We've booked Sari's wonderful Trastevere apartment, where we also stayed in 2005.
http://www.liveromelikearoman.com/apartment.htm

We'll either take the train down to Puglia, or pick up the car in Rome and do the 5-6 hour drive. Our first base will be Ostuni, a small city I've already fallen in love with. We've rented this adorable apartment, with two great balconies with amazing views.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalReview-g642178-d2464691-Casa_Josephina-Ostuni_Province_of_Brindisi_Puglia.html

Next week we'll be further south, outside Lecce. After a city and a town stay it'll be nice to be in the countryside in this small place, a family farm with three apartments for guests. We'll be in one of the stone cottages.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g194791-d567789-Reviews-Villa_Diana_Bed_Breakfast-Lecce_Province_of_Lecce_Puglia.html

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