Chapter 3. In which nothing happens… more than twice.

So having successfully navigated the autostrada of death we finally arrived in our Trullo del Ulivo nestled deep in the ancient olive groves just outside Locorotundo.

We’re home.

Basking in the gentle embrace of a Puglian summer evening on our secluded patio, listening to the sounds of the countryside and indulging in rich red wine, this is what holidays are meant to be.

Not for us adrenaline fueled thrill seeking, early morning workouts or even sanctimonious sun salutes. Nope. Holiday time Mac-style is about doing nothing. With style.

We like to call it extreme lounging. And this destination permitted us to refine the concept to new-found depths.

The extent of our exigencies consisted of the daily 50 metre trek to our almost-private pool carrying as much beer, prosecco and fags as possible in order to obviate a return trip. We also exerted ourselves for an occasional vineyard tour, a sunset view in Cisternino – one of the many picture-perfect white washed hill towns in the region – and a convivial reunion lunch with local friends we met on a previous visit.

Puglia, with its laid back, laissez-faire attitude, its simple but sumptuous gastronomy, Β its reluctance to pander to package-holiday-picture-on-the-menu profit is the perfect destination for us.

And for anyone with a sense of adventure (without extreme physical exertion), anyone who appreciates great food and wine (without the attitude) accompanied by breathtaking sunsets, anyone willing to put in the effort to get to know locals despite language barriers and of course anyone willing to take their lives in their hands on the Italian motorways.

Go soon, before some celebrity or self-styled “travel influencer” discovers it and ruins it for the rest of us…

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15 Responses to Chapter 3. In which nothing happens… more than twice.

  1. aj vosse says:

    Sounds like my kind of feast as well! I have an Italian workmate.. his folks have an airbnb in Bari… your post may just have added incentive to go!! πŸ˜‰

  2. aj vosse says:

    Good news… I’ll be stepping away from pharma in the next few weeks. May still have indirect contact but won’t be on their payroll!
    PS – Any advances on the reading? The silence is worrying! πŸ˜‰

    • rjmackin says:

      My reading was interrupted by the release of the new Brandon Sanderson book but I’ve finished yours now. Really great collection of unsettling and incongruous stories. Thoroughly enjoyed them all. Loved The Old Man and the Fish and My Father. Well done. And I guess it’s good news that you no longer have access to potentially harmful substances!!!

      • aj vosse says:

        Great!! Thanks!!
        Could I bug you to please do a review? BTW, my promise still stands, the first 20 reviewers will get a free copy of number two! πŸ˜‰

      • rjmackin says:

        I’ll see what I can do!

      • rjmackin says:

        Done! Now live for your potential customers to see!! All true as well!

      • aj vosse says:

        Ruth B? If that’s your review I am chuffed!!! Gosh, didn’t know the tales would get such a great reception but I’ve always believed they are good enough to be out there!! Thanks a million!! πŸ˜‰ Ego issues now! πŸ˜€

      • rjmackin says:

        Yup. Mackin is my married name! Guess I thought I was a guy!! J Mac does the odd post on here but is even flakier than I am!!

      • aj vosse says:

        Yep… sorry, thought all along I was speaking with The Big Mr Mac himself!! Grateful for the review… I’m so happy when non family/ close friends actually find the time to read and enjoy something that’s arrived out of nowhere and landed in my head somehow?? πŸ˜‰

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