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IMG_3653Giovinazzo by night. A view from a locale, Ecclesia.

Now it  has been already 2 years since Emi and I had visited beautiful Puglia. First encounter with Mamma Lucia and her gorgeous Bocconotti, Love at first sight in Poligano, Endless night wonder at Giovinazzo, pretty white city Ostuni, exotic distinctive Puglia’s architecture : Trulli at Albero BelloSo much beauties in so little time then, it definitely made us want to come back to Puglia to see more. And here we are back to explore down further south through Lecce and on. Stay tuned for “The next Toscana of Italy”, Puglia!

IMG_3674Sweet moment. Truly it is an “Open” bar  with a view of the port behind. After a day of long lunch with Beppe’s family, running in the park and the gorgeous dinner filled with plenty of fresh Riccotta di Bufala at the piazza of Giovinazzo, here we are stopping by for some cocktails and friends. The bar is located on the tip of fort at historical town and it’s elevated location gives you plenty of cool sea breeze and  amazing view to the town.


IMG_3669Beppe and Emi



IMG_3663Dani and me

IMG_3685The time goes by, it get’s more lively. The music is going and people are dancing. Kids are running around and everything is just cool.

IMG_3679There are enough of sitting and lounging area and you can also have some food here as well. Gael fell asleep on a chair…

IMG_3668Gaetano. He’s a friend of Beppe and the owner of this cool bar, Eclessia.

IMG_3700Walking the night away. The breeze tingles you around.. It’s so perfect!




IMG_3635The lively piazza of Giovinazzo. It’s almost like a Christmas here! There are many little festivals throughout many cities and towns of Italy this time around. Notte Bianca, Sagre… Tonight, there was a parade of people in historical costumes through the town of Giovinazzo.

IMG_3632Streets are blocked from the cars and literally everyone is out and about!

IMG_3638Made through a big crowd and waiting for a dinner!

IMG_3643Spec and Ricotta salata. Wait for the next one!

IMG_3644Fresh Riccota of Bufala. ( Buffalo in English)  This melts in your mouth. Sssso light! So milky! So smooth but not dense. Airy, fresh and just delicious!

IMG_3648Gael loves anchovy and olives. So Italian he is. Cheese~!


Nite Nite….!

Viva Brigitte!



1. 10:30 pm, Summmer by Jules Dassin

2. IL Divo by Paolo Sorrentino

3. Blow Up by Michelangelo Antonioni

4. Before Night Falls by Julian Schnabel

5. Mother by Bong Joon Ho

6. Diva by Jean-Jacques Beineix

7. White Ribbon by Michael Haneke

IMG_0156-1024x768A scene from Diva


IMG_3368Sunset at Cherry Grove, Fire Island, NY

What a lovely lovely day! I decided to go to Fire Island by myself and just took off on early Sunday morning as Emi and Gael are still in Italy. Walking down to LIRR Atlantic Avenue station, I found myself humming to silky breeze and gorgeous morning sun.  I felt good about getting out of home on a early Sunday morning. I felt a couple butterflies flying in my stomach from slight excitement about my little adventure ahead!  A small deli in front of the train station tells me to grab frozen water bottles instead.  He knew I was going to go to beach. Smart! These 2 bottles will surely get me through the hot day on the beach. Thank you!

2 water bottles, a book, a small bag of cashew and almond, 2 peaches.  And most of all, my happy spirit for a day full of adventure! Come follow me!

IMG_3239LIRR at Atlantic Avenue. Get $31.00 full package pass for a round trip train ride, taxi and ferry ride.  Simple.

IMG_3240My reading for the day.  ” Please Look After Mom” by Kyung Sook Shin. There’s an English edition too. About to get on a train!

IMG_3247I’ll say the highlight of the whole trip is actually the ferry ride. This 20 minute ferry ride always makes going to Fire Island that much more special. It makes you feel like you are going somewhere far far away from the city! Don’t forget to apply sunscreen!


IMG_3250It’s absolutely a perfect day! Crisp breeze and beautiful sun. It feels amazing on a ferry!


IMG_3262There are lots of restaurants by the port. Actually port is called ” town” as this is where all the shops and amenities are. It’s a small and friendly community.

IMG_3266Getting into the town. Entire island is connected with famous board walk passage. It’s really cute!



IMG_3273Lovely board walk is blessed by never ending beach shacks. Wish I had one…!




IMG_3293Dear crossing! They are super calm in Cherry Grove. Just don’t touch them. You know why!


IMG_3292Hello my Dear!

IMG_3294More shacks…



IMG_3309It feels amazing walking and poking around!

IMG_3316Can’t help myself with these cutest board walks. And all those trees.. Awwwwoooooo!!!

IMG_3322Totally bumping into old friends here in Cherry Grove!!!!  Simone and Alison were staying at one of these cute shacks literally 30 seconds away from the beach!  Charlie, her baby next to me!  We are totally hanging out here today!  Fabrizio and wife Anna are here too! What a small world!





IMG_3333Super calm and clean beautiful water!  There’s no one around. It’s great!

IMG_3344I swam and swam and took a nap, chatted, lovely lunch back at Simone’s, swam again and… Repeat!


IMG_3340Washing off sand first before a quick lunch!



IMG_3368Emi and Gael, I so wish you were here with me! We  will come back together!

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