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2021 Easter – A special wish

Hello, here we are in the Easter week again! On this very special occasion, it is our own desire, first of all, to express a feeling of compassion on those, who are struggling against covid, hoping they could have soon a good recovery from it. Then, we would like to take the chance to be close to our customers, followers, friends and their own families to wish all the very best for a blessed Easter season. Of course, it is also our own wish to start with full activity in the hospitality field as soon as safer measures for the health of everybody will help and finally let us welcome our guests again for their holiday stay by our family accommodations here in Apulia, in the south of Italy. Thank you 🙏🌱🐣✨💖

Cathedral, rose window
Aprikosblommor
Under the peach tree
A cloud of pink peach flowers

A dominant impulse on encountering beauty is to wish to hold on to it, to possess it and give it weight in one’s own life. There is an urge to say ‘I was here, I saw this and it mattered to me’. ” – Alain de Botton
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Enjoying Art in Apulia

Santa Caterina D'Alessandria Basilika

Soon, museums and special places of historical, artistic, spiritual architectural value and importance will open their doors again to both locals and travellers coming from other areas of the Country. Hopefully, these places of culture will be soon also available and enjoyable to visitors from other Countries, who can finally come to visit Italy again in safe conditions. Among a wide range of cultural spots, which are worth a visit in the South of Apulia, is Santa Caterina d’Alessandria basilica, that is a splendid gem of Romanesque and Gothic architectural style in Apulia region.

It takes only 20/30 minutes from Lecce to reach this wonderful monument in Galatina by car. Besides, it is possible to park free and within a very short distance from the small square, in the historical center, where the basilica is situated. These pics were taken some time ago during a guided tour. On that occasion, a friendly and well trained guide introduced the amazing sceneries and frescoes of the basilica to visitors.

Raimondello Orsini Del Balzo, a nobleman of the Kingdom of Naples, belonging to one of the most influential noble families in Italy between the Middle Age and the Renaissance era, was the main customer of the basilica that was built on the preexistent foundations of a Byzantine church. Later on, after he died, his wife, Maria d’Enghien, countess of Lecce, kept on with the leading role of costumer and ordered the execution of the precious frescoes, which nowadays we can admire in the basilica, to artists coming from different areas of Italy and basically from Giotto and the Senese school of painting.

The legend tells that Prince Raimondello, coming from Holy Land, stopped by the Saint Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai region to pray on the corps of the saint. They say, Raimondello, while in the act of kissing her hand, took one of her fingers with him and hid it until he was in Italy. That finger is nowadays preciously treasured relic in the monastery next to the basilica.

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Between earth and sky

Waiting for Summer
After an uncertain weather, this early morning, finally here came the sun for saying good morning and wishing a good new week.
It was time for driving along the Ionian coast, in the south of Apulia, to breath and contemplate the outstretched sea view.
It was time for driving along the Ionian coast, in the south of Apulia, to breath and contemplate the outstretched sea view.
Blue crystal waters were calm and it was wonderful to stay there for little while, to listen to the regular sound of the waves chasing each other until fading on the sea shore, while the sun gently touched their foamy surface and made it shine.
Serendipity. Few people on the small golden beach, made of very fine sand, and little children playing in a light-hearted mood.
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A safe new start

New gem

After some weeks of ‘staying safe at home’, it is time for a new beginning and new perspectives by keeping safe measures upon every day life. Wishing a good week to everybody! <3

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.” ― Khalil Gibran

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Walk in progress

Abericot

“The earth has music for those who listen” – William Shakespeare

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Step 2

My Holidays in Apulia

Good morning, stay safe and keep on running! Wishing everybody a good new week

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Casserole Bread for Breakfast

God morgon,gjutjärnsbröd
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A new Spring dress

Aprikosträd

Our trees are wearing their new Spring dress and we patiently wait, in a contemplative mood, for their fruits.

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Easter Monday 2020

Glad påsk

Despite the terrible historical time humanity is experiencing, nature continues to make a gift of its great little miracles in everyday life. On this Easter Monday, the weather is wonderful here in Apulia, in Southern Italy. The air is mild and a gentle breeze makes the flowers of our garden dance with graceful bows in the morning light. Step by step, looking forward with confidence, we will soon continue to build the future. Wishing everybody a good Easter Monday and please, stay safe <3

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Glad påsk!

Glad påsk

Utmärkt bröd direkt från ugnen för att önska alla en trevlig påskhelg!

Excellent bread right out from the oven for wishing everybody a nice Easter weekend!

Ausgezeichnetes Brot direkt aus dem Ofen, um allen ein schönes Osterwochenende zu wünschen!