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Gallipoli, Puglia

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Look up

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Mesagne, Puglia

Too often we walk and stare at our feet. Or our phones. We don’t walk with our heads up looking strangers in the eye. We don’t look up to feel the sun on our face or to the light rain as it dances across our body. Look up from your feet. Look up from your phone. You never know what you might see.

Still Life – Italian Cantina Style

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The natural beauty I found in the Pugliese cantinas went above and beyond. And what I loved most was how almost accidental it all seemed. Hay bales set aside for additional seating, green glass bottles once used but now left as eye-candy and wooden doors showing their age but not hiding their beauty. I love the idea of using what you have at your hands already to showcase the setting. And less is always more in my opinion too.

That is the beauty of Southern Italy in a nutshell. Natural, alluring, subtle but sexy.

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I always return from Italy or even just after having spent time with my photos of my trips, thinking about the things around me. So many things and some just taking up space. Filling a space but not creating a useful energy or purpose even. I have an unusual love for de-cluttering and get into my mode of needing to be surrounded only by objects that mean something, that I adore. My own sense of still life in my surroundings that bring with them happy memories.

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Puglia, Italia

Cin Cin!

Cin Cin! (cheen cheen) how to pronounce the Italian’s version of Cheers!

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A visit to a cantina on the outskirts of the city of San Donaci, not too far from Mesagne, proved to be a splendid way to spend part of an afternoon with friends. Truthfully not open to the public, but we were allowed a tour since an American was in the group. My friends were very appreciative.

It was beautiful! Under the cantina were well-preserved wine barrels and bottles set up in their own stone walled rooms. The perfect picture taking opportunity for me.

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After the small tour, we went back up to the store and tried a couple different reds and whites. All delicious. Thankful for the taralli snacks set out to nibble on between wines. A typical Pugliese snack, taralli are similar to a hard pretzel or breadstick and come in a variety of flavors from salty to sweet and a whole lot of in between.

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Wine tasting is a great activity with friends and allows you to taste a particular cantina’s array of wines in one sitting without feeling the effects. Usually much more affordable than purchasing in a wine store too and buying right from the vineyard feels more special as well! Cheers!

 

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San Donaci, Puglia