A work colleague of Mary's, Ezena, came to visit with her husband, aunt and uncle. They arrived in the UK on Friday so we took them for traditional fish and chips at Brady's.
Saturday it was off to Italy for four days for them, we stayed a full week.
We did the usual local itinerary to the nearby towns of Cisternino (to see the new apartment and Bar Fod), Locorotondo (for the market) and the obligatory World Heritage site of Alberobello (for an overload of trulli).
Japie, Claudie, Hendrik, Ezena, Mark (me), Mary
As always in Puglia there was lots of eating and drinking. Our guests preferred to eat at home rather than go out to restaurants. We stocked up on local produce and had lunches and suppers in our courtyard.
In South Africa the barbecue (or Braai) is a national obsession so we worked our way through pork, chicken and beef on different nights.
Henrick at the Braai (Barbecue)
For wine we bought a couple of five-litre containers of loose wine from Upal in Cisternino and made serious inroads into it - easy to do when it is very fruity and alcoholic.
Our guests left on Thursday to go back to the UK for a short trip to Scotland while we moved on to Trullo Azzurro Part 2 - Eating Out with our local friends.
More pictures on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/markmclellan/sets/72157635541250624/
|Trullo Azzurro: beautifully restored trullo in delightful, secluded valley near Locorotondo, Puglia, Italy. Available to rent on a per week basis, sleeps 8-10. For more information visit http://www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/trulloazzurro|