Puglia-Calabria Like Australia 50 years ago

It is not quite true but some of that part of Italy are really like Australia 50 years ago, minus the villages on top of cliffs, and maybe a few more sandy beaches in Australia….why do you think the Italians from the south of Italy migrated to Australia? Because they felt at home…..Riding the motorbike as far down as Capo Saint Maria Di Leuca (the southern most point of the province of Puglia) was really interesting. If someone ask you “what was it like in Australia 50 year ago” Tell them to take a trip to southern Italy… On the way back a quick stop at Lecce, they call it the Florence of the south, if it was a movie made about the south of Italy she would be the star….(That’s what the Italians say not me, I just say it is nice….) Polignano  is a must stop, especially their famous restaurant called grotta palazzese but don’t go in winter or when it is windy or too hot….

Polignano a Mare Perched on cliffs

Polignano a Mare Perched on cliffs

A wonderful restaurant in a grotta at Polignano a Mare

A wonderful restaurant in a grotta at Polignano a Mare

the restaurant grotta palazzese from the water

the restaurant grotta palazzese from the water

the sandy beach of Polignano a Mare....

It is for Suzanne one of the best villages we saw so far, except for the sandy beach….

Ostuni the white village

Close by is Ostuni the white village

That's me in Ostuni the white village

That’s me in Ostuni the white village

Let's go on a bike ride now

Let’s go on a bike ride now

Like in the old days, the old map on the tank trick, beat the GPS

Like in the old days, the old map on the tank trick, beat the GPS

Talking bout GPS that is where we were going . The road to nowhere..

Talking bout GPS that is where he took us . The road to nowhere… Always carry a map, just incase

look like the 12 Apostles in 100 years time..

look like the 12 Apostles in 100 years time..

more scenery like in Australia

more scenery like in Australia

You think you are in Australia

You think you are in Australia

like in Australia

like in Australia minus the sign…

like in Australia

like in Australia

Finally Marina di Leuca at the southern end of Puglia

Finally Marina di Leuca at the southern end of Puglia

On the side of the road we came across a little cafe , it grab my attention, we had to stop

On the side of the road we came across a little cafe , it grab my attention, we had to stop

3 euros for a test of them with an Apero..

Lucky we did for 3 euros we had a test of sea urchin with an Apero…

miam miam

miam miam

Romain time light house

Roman time light house

Today light house

Byron Bay and today light house

Still churches along the way

Still churches along the way

look at this on the side of the road, this is not like in Australia

look at this on the side of the road, this is not like in Australia

not bad for camping the night

not bad for camping the night

 

 

Lecce the romain amphithéâtre

Lecce (The southern belle) the romain amphithéâtre in the middle of the city

Lecce plazza

Lecce plazza

Beautiful architecture everywhere

Beautiful architecture everywhere

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3 Responses to Puglia-Calabria Like Australia 50 years ago

  1. Andre says:

    I remember Byron Bay and Noosa Heads in the earlier 70 – pretty rugged too – minus the historical “vestiges.”
    Cheers
    André

  2. Sandra says:

    Michel, thanks for another diversion from the standard muesli breakfast before work. How beautiful is Italy. You are a really good photographer. Great pictures capture the best of the tour. Thanks. :) SS

  3. Judy O says:

    Great picture story book Michel. Love it.

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