I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Lecce after Dark
From Our "Roof" Terrace
Our apartment is nice and quiet, and our terrace looks out on the
pleasant vine covered courtyard, so it hardly looks like we are in the middle
of the city. It is quiet and other than the owner's daughter who's
vocalizations seem to travel everywhere, or the ever present church bells we do
not hear much, and who can complain about church bells and children?
Once you open the small door in the two big green courtyard doors, you
enter another world. You emerge into the middle of a busy city with crowds of
people. During the day it is busy, but go out after dark and it is even worse.
You open the door and often have to wait for a break in the crowd to step out.
The Square at Night
Out on the Town
Lecce is a vibrant city at night. When you walk the streets at night you
see a whole other world. There are shops, bars, restaurants, and special events
you never knew were there. As with many World Heritage Sites, buildings must
retain their historical structure and look, so if you want to open a store
selling Lecce's Arts and Crafts, a trendy wine bar, or a popular restaurant,
you must design it into the ancient original buildings. As a result, signs,
displays and windows are often inside once your shutters are closed, and there
is no visual evidence your establishment even exists. Many of these shops just
do not open during the day, because they realize way more people are out in the
evening, no one is around between 2:00 & 4:00, so they wait until 5:00 to
open for the day and make their livings after dark.
We found numerous one-time art shows, odd second hand shops, jewelry
shops where the owners were making the jewelry right there, pottery shops where
the paints and finishes were in jars in a corner, funky restaurants, and hidden
wine bars. There was always something new to discover as we wandered the narrow
streets after dark in the yellow glow of ancient street lamps.