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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

Alberobello, Puglia


I must admit I wasn't that interested in seeing the much publicized Alberobello on our trip to Puglia. Yes I wanted to see the vernacular architecture, the  trulli houses (built in a circular form  of stacked stones without mortar) but I knew I could see them elsewhere, without visiting what I regarded as a tourist trap.
However, I have to say (with several caveats) we enjoyed our short visit. We were driving right past Alberobello on our way to dinner and decided to stop in the early evening. The locals were out for their passegiatta, or evening stroll, and the main square was filled with people. The light was gorgeous and I could almost look past the horrendously tacky shops that lined the main drag and the ridiculous price we paid for two Lemonsodas. If you can avoid the bus tours and come when the light is right go ahead, but remember while you won't see this concentration of trulli elsewhere you can see them throughout this part of Puglia.

Below you can see some of the wonderful architectural contrasts.
There were several sites we specifically enjoyed seeing including  this trulli style church which you will find at the top of the hill above the tourist drag.  
This extremely unusual two story trullli has be converted into a museum and I recommend going inside to see the interior. This is away from the main concentration of trulli but still in Alberobello.
The countryside around this region is beautiful, particularly when you take the backroads. 

I can't resist one more photo of the trulli  because they are just so gorgeous in the waning light.

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