When morning came, it was such a pleasant surprise. The “neighborhood” was simply adorable. Our trullo was surrounded by others and each owner’s property was ringed by low walls made from the white rocks that had been cleared from the land. It being mid-March, winter was on the wane. The back patio was warm enough to have breakfast on, and from our private little terrace, we could watch the goings-on of the local people who were up much earlier, and hard at work long before we were.
So, what were my main first impressions?
1) The trulli houses are simply amazing. The architectural style is just so unique. Someone told us the interior high ceilings acted like “dream catchers” to ward off nightmares. Some of the roofs are marked with mystical symbols, as it seems people from the area are quite superstitious. They remind me of little “hobbit” structures, and I have to keep pinching myself to remind myself that I’m not in some sort of fantasyland.
3) As incredibly green as the fields are….the evening sky is just as incredibly blue. Sometimes, I see colors in nature, and think to myself this is what makes nature….nature. It’s the fact that there are these colors that are simply one-of-a-kind, uncopiable…..is that even a word? If I could have a sweater of that color, I would, but one doesn’t exist.
So those are my very first impressions of Central Puglia. There is some much more to come. Every day brings new beautiful moments, more delicious food, and great wine. Stay tuned......