San Vito near Polignano A Mare
Hopefully by the time you read this I will be floating in the Greek equivalent of the water above!
I have been wanting to share some behind the scenes images of the recent Caravan Travel Photography Workshop in gorgeous Puglia so I figure the sea is not a bad place to start.
I had one afternoon before the workshop started and I threw myself into the action at the local beach at Polignano A Mare with best buddy and workshop organiser Athalee Brown and Mr. Logistics Graham Seers (also known as super famous cyclist in his other life).
As you can see it was wall to wall flesh at the beach but hey people watching Olympics as a free bonus.
Francesco has been telling me about the local delicacy for years, the Octopus panino. It just so happened the day at the beach seemed to be octopus themed. This little guy caught his first ever octopus and I couldn’t resist a snap.
Meanwhile on the other side of the cove and out the back of the fish shop the poor octopus is tenderised in a particularly brutal way. Not for vegetarians or animals (and octopus) lovers..
Round 1 goes to the fisherman.
Up the back of the beach in a little wooden shack is home to the local delicacy and Graham bravely lined up for his first Octopus panino.. Needless to say Francesco all the way from Paris glowed with pride..
Ath considers taking a bite of hubby’s panino.
Two lifeline friends who meet each day at the local beach in Monopoli. Ahh seems like the greatest of life’s rituals to me..
Italy were playing the world cup so great to see a proud Italian supporting their team even at the beach.
The old port in Monopoli, a beautiful boat and a rose patterned blanket.
Monopoli early in the morning..
Local fisherman preparing his lines, Dolce and Gabbana could certainly poach this guy for a new ad campaign.
Where there is the sea and fisherman there is always a beautiful shrine (and Carla trying to sniff it out). One of my favourites in Monopoli.
And where there are fishermen and fish there are bound to be sleepy cats with a tummy full of fish. Too tired to open his eyes..
Stay tuned for more posts on beautiful Puglia..
Wishing you a fabulous summer and hopefully you too are floating in transparent water.
“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.”
PS: We are getting ready to announce the 2nd edition of the Caravan Travel Photography Workshop. If you are interested and would like to be the first on the list for 2015 please get in touch with workshop organiser Athalee Brown at email@example.com