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Castles, Palaces and Caves-9 Days in Puglia and Basilicata

Castles, Palaces and Caves-9 Days in Puglia and Basilicata

Old Jun 2nd, 2014, 12:32 PM
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Congrats on finishing up. We ate at Le bitter he in Matera also and thought it excellent. And yes, food is Puglia is really fabulous.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2014, 04:20 AM
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Geez, spellcheck. We ate at Le Botteghe in Matera.
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Old Aug 11th, 2014, 09:56 AM
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Can I ask what days in October you went? I'm surprised by how cold it looks.
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Old Aug 11th, 2014, 04:26 PM
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I think it was around the 6th to the 12th. We had a couple chilly days and one or two with a lot of rain, but the last few days in Matera were lovely.
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Old Aug 12th, 2014, 05:24 AM
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Wow! I'm surprised it was so cold. We are going to be there soon, late September, flying back the first few days of October. Its 99 degrees in Lecce now... shocked there is such a big drop off.
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Cannot wait to read the last installment..so glad you visited La Locandiera in Bernalda and hope you liked it as much as we did! (Saving the actual report for after dinner tonight!!) I long to return to that area!

You are one of the treasures of this forum, Kristina. Many thanks for taking all the time over the years to document in words and photos!!
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Old Aug 12th, 2014, 05:52 PM
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Thanks for this info.
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Old Aug 13th, 2014, 11:07 AM
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Ekscrunchy- Thank you so much for your kind words. You know I am such a fan of your reports and all their foodie info too!
Oddly enough, I did not have La Locandiera in my notes, nor even Bernalda and did not know you'd been there. We stumbled on it quite literally by accident.
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Bookmarking for our imminent return to Puglia, October 16-28, 2014. A very crisp and well-presented TR.
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Old Aug 30th, 2014, 09:23 AM
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Thanks Ted! I loved our trip there and would go back in a heartbeat. There's so much to explore in that region and the food...makes the trip all that much more worth it.
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Old Aug 30th, 2014, 01:35 PM
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Kristina - looking at your link to Pzo. Gorgoni, I see that they specify 30% on account with balance in cash. Did you have to wire transfer money to make your reservation, or what? Do they take a cc to hold the res?
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Old Aug 30th, 2014, 02:24 PM
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Holly- No, we didn't have to pay anything in advance. My mom emailed her and asked about it and she said, "fine, pay when you arrive."

If I have to wire money, it's not going to happen. OTOH, I will pay a deposit via credit card, or paypal.
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Old Aug 30th, 2014, 02:30 PM
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How far in advance did she reserve the rooms? Or was it last minute? And does the owner speak English?
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Old Aug 30th, 2014, 03:40 PM
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Looks like it was about 6 weeks in advance and yes, the owner (Marta) speaks English. Keep in mind the place only has 3 rooms so it could fill up depending on the time of year. When are you planning on going?
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March. Loved your blog, BTW.
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I just found this wonderful report in preparation for a trip in Sept 2016. Thank you!
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Hello ekscrunchy, I am new to this forum, so i hope you receive my post. I am in the planning stages for my trip to Sicily/Puglia in 2016 I have read many of your comments about the Puglia region, what i am wanting to know is, what is the drive from Bari to Vieste like? Is it worth visiting for a couple of days, or is it too far out of the way? Would you recommend basing myself in about 3 different places for about 3 or 4 days each to see most of the sights? e.g Lecce, somewhere near Ostuni to see Locorontondo etc. and where else would you recommend? I will be coming from Australia, planning on 14 days in Sicily and about 12 days in Puglia. I will look forward to any or all of your suggestions.
Thankyou in advance, I really appreciate your input. Ruth
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