As lovely as the trullo is, today we decided to explore a bit further afield. We headed to the coast, which is only about 20km away, but it’s 20km away on Italian roads, driving on the wrong (right) side, with right hand drive cars. An adventure!
When we reached the Adriatic Sea (we’re on the right hand side of the heel of the boot of Italy), we drove up the coast road for a bit until we found a spot that looked good for a Sunday family lunch.
The view from the car park was promising.
And the restaurant entrance even more so.
We had wanted a restaurant by the sea, but this was almost in the sea. We ate on the back deck, as the waves crashed around us. The water was brilliant shades of turquoise to indigo, and in the distance kitesurfer sails played in the breeze. This part of Italy is almost ridiculously too beautiful at times.
While we were waiting for our meal, Toby took a selfie.
I have a new phone. My iphone took a fatal leap from the table onto the stone tiles – not just a screen shatter, but the whole thing has stopped working. That combined with the black spot that was starting to eat all my photos (I checked, it was in the lens, not on it), meant I wasn’t so keen to try to get the screen replaced. So, in an adventure for our Italian and technological knowledge, I bought a Samsung Galaxy S5 from a phone shop in Locorotondo. The shopkeeper changed the language to English for us, and I’ve almost taken off all of the Italian apps that came preloaded (I’m toying with keeping a couple…).
So far… I think I like it. After a very, very long time of only having apple products, it’s a bit of a learning curve, but we’ll see. It has got a fantastic camera on it, which I appreciate. What Toby loves, however, is the selfie function. When taking a selfie, if you hold your palm up to the camera, the phone will automatically take a photo 2 seconds after – letting you hold it out without contorting your body to press the button, and pose like mad. For me, that’s meant a lot of blurry selfies, but Toby’s managed to make it focus.
Meanwhile, Kate and Joe worked on looking as Italian and glamorous as possible.
When lunch came it was fantastic. It was seafood (unsurprisingly). I had the fritto misto (literally mixed fried). This photo is taken after I’d eaten a fair bit – eating while hot and amazing took precedence over photography.
I am finding the regional variance in food amazing. Where we are staying is farmland – and the antipasti reflects that. Lots of vegetables (fresh cooked and preserved), and always fresh farm cheese. At the coastal restaurant, only 20km away, no vegetables, no farm cheese, but more meat and olives.
After lunch, we drove back down the coast to have gelati at Savelletri. I didn’t take a photo of the gelati, but Toby had lime and declared it his new favourite flavour. Millie had strawberry and good lot of my chocolate.
Toby also posed with a statue, and we stopped to watch the fishing boat come into the fish shop.
We met an English couple at lunch, who were surprised that as Australians we’d traveled so far down south. ‘Normally tourists don’t come this far’ they said. ‘Yep’, we replied. ‘But that’s why we love it.’