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Summer style

This video was taken in Lecce during our recent trip to Puglia and marks two things. One, is the beginning (middle?) of her “I do it myself” phase. Note the upside down sunglasses. The other is the up before the down. And by down, I do mean tantrum. Shortly after Phoebe’s happy stroller ride came a wailing wallop of no-way attitude when we asked her to do something pretty reasonable: get in the stroller.

We were on our way to one of the very few restaurants I’d looked up ahead of time to try on vacation. The New York Times and Chowhound, two of my most used sources, had mentioned Trattoria Cucina Cassareccia as the place to try. So we did and it was delicious. However, it was this episode that prompted our latest parenting decision. We’re not taking kids to dinner anymore. We’re a lunch-only group now. Dinner is reserved for those who can eat after 7pm without crying, a category that I sometimes don’t fit into either, but Paul doesn’t make me stay with the sitter.

Note: no babies were harmed during the making of this video. Estelle is safely tucked in the Bjorn, it’s “Mena” that you see in the seat here.


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Hitting the beach in Puglia

It’s been a trip with ups and downs, as most of them are. We hit the beach last week but the weather wasn’t quite cooperating.

Neither was Estelle.

Phoebe still had fun.

Then things improved. Sand was located.

And Estelle got some sleep.

The second beach on the second day was better. Off to Vieste, a nearby town, we had lunch at a seaside spot. To say it was delicious is to say too much, but while this was tourist food (read: frozen and reheated for our pleasure) and it did the trick. Away we went for a stroll.


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Pictures from Puglia

Our trip to Puglia, the heel of the boot that is Italy on a map, started at an agriturismo in Mattinata. Agritourism is something I’ve only heard of in Italy but is apparently available in many parts of the world including the Philippines, Australia and even the US.  The term means a vacation property that also produces crops of some sort, most often in Italy this is olive oil. As I understand it, the Italian government subsidizes small farms-turned-vacation villas in order to boost both industries. We’ve stayed in several over the past couple of years and they range from stately villas to basically renting a room in a farmhouse. With that in mind, you never know what you’re really getting when you book these things online but this turned out to be pretty great.

The grounds were really impressive, if only for the resourcefulness of the landscape design.

Set on a hill overlooking the Ionian Sea, was a terraced landscape, punctuated by numerous stone walls, olive trees, gorgeous blooms in every color and shape and new to my Italian repertoire, giant flowering cacti. Tons of them.

We’ve eaten every meal outside so far.

We’ve been to the beach, shopping, out for cappuccino, out for lunch and more. More, more, more to come. For now, more photos.


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