When traveling not all trips are vacations, some are adventures, some for business or just the activity of getting from one place to another.
Planning an adventure/vacation/trip yourself often gives you as much satisfaction as taking the trip.
However, when you want something special or beyond the basic you often need a professional to share the hidden places and people of the part of the world you are visiting. This is when I call YLE who creates dream adventures/vacations for travelers who wish to see Italy from the inside out. www.yltourcongressi.com
In 2011 I found Yle on FB and she immediately saw that I had an Italian ‘dream’ to find una nonna (a grandmother) who would show me how to make pasta.
Before I even confirmed my flight Home to Italy Yle had scheduled a day with Nonna Vata. I spent several hours learning to make 6 types of pasta. Our conversation included living on a farm in Italy to current politics. Her lovely granddaughter Debora translated for me but it was amazing that Nonna and I could communicate in many other ways.
So this year I again turned to Yle and Yltour to organize an extensive adventure in Puglia.
The towns I still wish to visit are: Ostuni, Cisternino, Locorotondo, Alberobello (I spent a day there last year look forward to a second visit, Monopoli, Martina Franca, Gallipoli and
This is an extensive list for someone who does NOT WANT TO TAKE THE BUS will be a challenge and I know it will take several more visits to Puglia to accomplish this goal.
As it turned out my adventure was even BETTER than what I planned and I have been writing out it at http://www.Hometoitaly.com for the past 6 weeks!
But the MOST important reasons for going back to Lecce was to visit Yle and learn about her tours for 2013. In 2012 she did a wonderful language event, cooking events and a yoga retreat.
But her list of offerings is endless: photography, classic cars, cooking with locals, wine tastings, sports events, photography, art classes, language classes…… I could spend a month with her and never try it all!
The hidden treasure this year was to finally meet MAMMA ANNA.
I have written about her before on www.hometoitaly.com. But nothing prepared me for this wonderful encounter. Within an hour I felt as if I had know here forever. See our video (amateur) on our visit to the food market. There should be many more stories on Mamma A so stay tuned.