Extracting The Best From The Olive – You Get What You Pay For

After our delicious lunch we were treated to a tour to see the industrial side of olive oil production. A visit to Co-operativa Agricola San Giorgio is a must if you’re in the Lecce area, nicely finished off by perusing the produce in the farm shop. I love industrial places. They are a feast for […]

Virgin Olive Oil – A First Time For Everything

They gathered together giggling like girls, four elderly ladies in traditional scarf and swooshy, full skirt. Brandishing a witches broom each, they demonstrated how they used to harvest olives in days gone buy. Gathering at the base of an olive tree, they swept across the surface of the earth, picking up the ripe fruit. They […]

Instituto Antonacci – Sleeping Pretty in Lecce

I was knackered, having stayed up past 2am doing my post-processing. There was no urgency, except that I really wanted to see my shots. My room had high ceilings and one window whose cil started about 8ft off the ground. Adorned with shutters, there was a contraption leaning up against the wall, in the corner, […]

Restaurant Risorgimento – Something A Little More Sophisticated

You know that really tired feeling, when your head throbs slightly and things seem a little distorted? We had had such an amazing day but it wasn’t all over yet. Vita certainly had packed a lot into our Grundtvig week. We walked in a chattering group, through the beautiful, noisy and vibrant streets of Lecce, […]

Pasticcioto at Donno’s Bakery, Cutrofiano

I have to say at this point, after a considerable feast at Bakery Caroppo earlier today, I didn’t think I could fit another thing in! It was exceptionally dark in Donno’s Pastry shop in Cutrofiano, lit with only a couple of very green strip lights,  stretching my Canon 5D Mark 2’s high iso capabilities to the […]

Feeling Special in Specchia Gallone

Just 40km South of Lecce is the sleepy little village of Specchia Gallone. Slap bang in the centre can be found the Church of Sant’ Anna, whose architecture dates back to the 1300’s. Inside, the walls are covered in frescoes ‘Il Ciclo Pittorico’ (possibly 1600’s) depicting the Old Testament on the left of the altar […]

Crem De La Crem

Wouldn’t the Internet be a wonderful place if you could taste things? If I could give you a scratch ‘n sniff card, I would. (Now that’s giving away my age isn’t it?) We’re on the Grundtvig Project visiting one of Lecce’s fabulous Gelaterias, Crem Bar (viale Marconi angolo viale Lo Re, Lecce, Italy). How privileged […]

Loving Lecce – Life-long learning through cultural exchange and healthy food production

Rich aromas of baking bread drifted towards me as I meandered around the streets of Lecce last week. Just in the shadow of an old amphitheatre in Piazza San Oronzo was what could be described as a farmer’s market, thronging with visitors. It was intoxicating, the musical sound of the Italian language, the hues and […]

Canon Gives Me A Good Run For My Money At London Fashion Week.

Photography is all about putting yourself in new situations. I’ve photographed lots of kids before on location, wearing trendy gear, but I’ve never done a catwalk show before, so when Canon’s Professional Network sent down an invite to London Fashion Week, it was an experience not to be missed. Meeting other photographers at the Charing […]