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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

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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