7.02.2014

7 Days in Puglia, Plus a Short Stop in Munich

Ostuni, Puglia

Last week I spent 7 days in Puglia, a region in southern Italy, visiting family and a day in Munich, Germany on a long layover.  I wanted to share a few pictures, which I hope capture at least some of the beauty that I saw.  Coming home from a trip is always bittersweet.  I hate for my vacation to end, but I always come back refreshed and renewed.  For me it's similar to that feeling you get on January 1st when your “slate" has been wiped clean and you can start anew.  

Cisternino, Puglia
Molfetta, Puglia

The older I get, the more I become a traveler and the less I am a tourist.  Gone are the days of my packed schedule of museums, monuments, and activities.  They've been replaced with leisurely strolls through historic centers, lazy lunches at local cafes, and lots of window shopping.  


Cisternino, Puglia
Ostuni, Puglia

I wont miss out on the important sites altogether, but I am most energized when I explore a destination through the eyes of a local.  When I do so, I come home rested, motivated, and inspired.


Alberobello, Puglia

As R and I were strolling through Munich on Saturday morning, I started thinking of how much I would love to travel more often, if only little things like time, money, and work would stop getting in the way.  


Munich, Germany
Munich, Germany

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that part of the joy of travel comes from discovering new things and experiencing what's out of the ordinary.  Travel doesn’t have to involve a trans-atlantic flight, you can create the feeling of travel on any budget and in any destination, including the very town you live in.  So why not hop on a quick flight for a long weekend or book a hotel room in the closest big city?  

Munich, Germany 
Munich, Germany

There is no better time than the summer to take a long drive or visit an outdoor market or festival.  I’ve promised myself to “travel” locally this summer so I can keep that energy and inspiration flowing.  I’m excited to see what I will discover.  What are your “travel” plans this summer?

3 comments:

  1. Great pics! Make me want to get away!

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  2. I completely agree it is so much better to experience cities as a local instead of running drone tourist area to another!!! Wonderful pictures,I hope you got to sample some of those beers in the barrels

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  3. Beautiful Puglia! I will be back!

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