One of the most popular posts I’ve written here at Fish & Bicycles — First Drop In The Bucket — was published in November 2010. It’s been viewed 85 times, and it’s ironic that it’s so popular because the post refers to the whole bucket list craze as a worn-out cliché, followed hypocritically by my naming the first item on my own list: a trip to Madagascar’s Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park.
Well, I promptly abandoned the list as soon as I was done with that post…until now, and travel, once again, has inspired me.
Polignano a Mare, a town with yellow limestone buildings dramatically perched on an outcropping looking over the Adriatic and a very favorable old-lady-on-stoop-to-foreign-tourist ratio.
I’ve been reading with great interest a series of articles by a New York Times travel blogger, The Frugal Traveler, aka Seth Kugel. Seth is currently on a frugal tour of the Mediterranean that has me longing to book a flight with every installment.
The latest, a piece on the Apulia, Italy region, sounds like a dream trip to me. Of course I also want to see the classics — Venice, Milan, Florence, Sienna, Naples, Rome, etc. But Kugel refers to Apulia as a place where Italians go for vacation, and that’s something I particularly like to experience when I travel. While I also enjoy spending some time at well-worn tourist locations, it’s also nice to find someplace where the language of the country I’m visiting is the primary language to be heard.
That this trip includes small villages, rural countryside, bicycling, caves, coastline, good food and wine…
…well, what’s not to like?
I will go there before I die.