Wandering the maze of gritty streets in the Malasaña neighborhood of Madrid, you might come across the tiled wonder that is the Juanse Pharmacy. Founded in 1892, this colourful, 130 years old jewel has seen a lot of history come and go. The impressive tiled facade acts as an advertising hording stuck in a timeContinue reading “Tiled wonder”
Our last trip abroad before the world ground to a halt, was a few days in the marvellous bustling city of Madrid in 2019. The capital, and most-populous, city of Spain. We have an apartment in the Malasaña area – a hip, but slightly down at heel part of the city that is jam packedContinue reading “Magical Madrid”
Baroque fantasy Lecce is a marvel of architectural beauty with its buildings hewn from the local limestone. Building buffs will be spoilt for choice as they wander the streets gazing in awe upwards! Piazza del Duomo is surrounded by delightful buildings, so if you’re short on time then head there to soak up some ofContinue reading “Laidback Lecce”
Our next home from home for the next few days is in the coastal town of Gallipoli. This is the town in Puglia, not to be confused with the Turkish location that was the site of a disastrous 1st World War battle, This Gallipoli is an attractive town, split into an old town and aContinue reading “Gallipoli”
Vieste is a coastal town in Gargano National Park. It’s a pretty seaside town that sits on a white cliffed promontory jutting into the sea. In medieval times, the port was frequently attacked by pirates, Saracens and other enemies of the Kingdom of Naples. Below the curious wooden structure is a Trabucco – a centuries-oldContinue reading “Vieste”
Another couple of Puglian towns to tick off the list are Monopoli and Poligano a Mare. Both are characterful and packed full of architecture and local colour. A colourful photographic exhibition dotted around Monopoli’s harbour details the local tradition of the Maya. Each spring young girls sit in elaborate altars decorated with fresh flowers toContinue reading “Marvellous Monopoli”
A brief pitstop at the town of Altamura and a scoot around the ornate cathedral built between 1232-1254.
Before the latest Bond movie makes it super famous, we were there first! In 2019 we visited the impressive town of Matera. Matera is a magical stone city with breath taking vistas, perched on the edge of a cliff, high above a ravine. Before Bond, the city was already world famous for for its ancientContinue reading “Before Bond ruins it…”
More trulli to enjoy!
Our visit to the trulli town of Alberello happens to have coincided with a magical annual event – the Festival of Light!