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Che bello!

Che bello!

Nestled into the heart of Puglia lies the seaside town of Bisceglie in southeastern Italy. I am here on an olive oil discovery, to slip into a slower pace and to delve for clues about what makes this such an alluring part of the country.

The people have a warmth and contentment about them. They seem satisfied with life and most that I have met have long lineages in Bisceglie. It’s all about family and their culture of which they are passionately proud.

A visit to the Fish Market on Friday got my adrenaline flowing and whet my appetite for the cooking classes I will attend. For now, let me share with you my favorite photos of the people and their livelihood.

A thinking moment.

A thinking moment.

Live, fresh prawns awaiting their fate.

Live, fresh prawns awaiting their fate.

Advertising his seafood.

Advertising his seafood.

Describing, in Italian, how to stuff the zucchini flowers.

Describing, in Italian, how to stuff the zucchini flowers.

Dinner. Octopus soup.

Dinner. Octopus soup.

This is for you my belle soeur! Our favorite Italian plums.

This is for you my belle soeur! Our favorite Italian plums.

Scooping out the sea urchins' delicacies.

Scooping out the sea urchin’s delicacies.

Freshly picked chilis, roots and all.

Freshly picked chilis, roots and all.

Waving away the flies.

Waving away the flies.

Ciao! This darling group of friends called to me to take their photo. Looking good!

Ciao! This darling group of friends called to me to take their photo. Looking good!

My next story is on Pugliese cooking. Stay tuned!

Ciao for now.

Sending amore,

Maria