October 2010 Puglia Bike Tour – photos of rooftop gardens, Baroque Lecce, making pasta!

Over the 10 days we visited many cities, slept in 5 different places

We arrived in beautiful Lecce for a light lunch in the garden

Before going out to explore the city

beautiful piazza Duomo

Lecce at dusk

Margaret’s daily gelato!

Chiara made us 4 kinds of pizza that evening!

Sam & his new pajara

an old shephard saved the day

the castle of Acaja


Ooohh yes!

Carlo lent his shirt so Steve could wow us with his good looks

our first dinner!


Otranto’s cathedral

the mosaiced floor of Otranto’s cathedral

Our magical farmhouse in Uggiano La Chiesa

The owner of our farmhouse took us to meet his mother,

a 90 year-old woman who still sews incredible tablelcothes,

bedcovers and doilies by hand

Some of her work

then they offered us caffè

Next stop: the cheesemaker!

try some primosale!

It’s that good!

Riding back from Otranto that day

And the next day was SPLENDID!


group pic

Santa Cesarea

The sparkling sea near Tricase

We arrived in Specchia just in time for…

…our Cooking Class!

Maria taught us to make sagne and orrecchiette by hand

Sam was good at making it..

So was Judy

And we were all good at eating it!



We continued our tour of Specchia

And visited the underground oil mill

And arrived in Leuca at sunset.