Having been on lockdown for more than a year, never venturing out to eat and rarely meeting friends except at a respectable distance, Tom and I felt that it was time for a change of pace.
We decided that if we couldn’t go out to lunch, we would bring our lunch out with us. We promptly bought a picnic backpack for two, with comfortable straps to go over Tom’s shoulders and off we went.
The Ostuni coastline is magnificent, just 15 to 20 minutes drive away depending on which beach we visit, and we have always walked there a great deal. This time, being springtime, with warm sunny weather, we extended our walks to include a picnic.
It was a lifesaver. A few days a week we would plan our outings carefully and I would put sandwiches, potato crisps (of course!), some wine and water in our new picnic hamper and off we would go. The beaches were mostly deserted; not like in summer, when they are usually packed with visitors.
Here are some photos of the places we managed to visit in March before Lockdown was made stricter and Puglia went from being an “Orange” zone to a “Red” one just before Easter, and we must stay closer to home for another couple of weeks.
Now we wait for this severe Lockdown to change back to “Orange” or even “Yellow” when we will promptly resume our picnicking on Ostuni’s magnificent beaches.
As we will both receive our first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine within the next few days, we can hope for a resumption of some sort of normality in our lives before too much longer.
In the meantime, we will continue picnicking along the idyllic coastline of Puglia.