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Our final dinner was nothing short of spectacular! Great times with great friends! #friends #Salento #Puglia #Italy

Our final dinner was nothing short of spectacular! Great times with great friends! #friends #Salento #Puglia #Italy

Summer is over, but all of this is beautiful. #seaside #storm #lovemywife #Salento #Puglia #Italy  (at San Pietro In Bevagna, Manduria)

Summer is over, but all of this is beautiful. #seaside #storm #lovemywife #Salento #Puglia #Italy (at San Pietro In Bevagna, Manduria)

This is the short street we walked down every day to get to the beach. It is truly fascinating. You probably immediately notice the festive banners in honor of Mary. What might not jump out at you is the abandoned unfinished hotel on the end on the left that never opened most likely due to the mafia. You also might not realize that several buildings aren’t finished, but in use. We are told that this town (and other non-tourist parts of this region) has been like this for years. I cannot claim to understand the culture here, but it is truly fascinating - and in some ways sad - how a first world country like Italy be so diverse north to south. #Salento #Puglia #Italy #mafia (at San Pietro In Bevagna, Manduria)

This is the short street we walked down every day to get to the beach. It is truly fascinating. You probably immediately notice the festive banners in honor of Mary. What might not jump out at you is the abandoned unfinished hotel on the end on the left that never opened most likely due to the mafia. You also might not realize that several buildings aren’t finished, but in use. We are told that this town (and other non-tourist parts of this region) has been like this for years. I cannot claim to understand the culture here, but it is truly fascinating - and in some ways sad - how a first world country like Italy be so diverse north to south. #Salento #Puglia #Italy #mafia (at San Pietro In Bevagna, Manduria)

Last day of August vs. first day of September. #theweatherKNOWS  (at San Pietro In Bevagna, Manduria)

Last day of August vs. first day of September. #theweatherKNOWS (at San Pietro In Bevagna, Manduria)

Hello September. You may have brought some exciting waves today, but the excessive wind, clouds, and disappearance of the sun are not as appreciated. Can summer not be over just yet? #September #summer #waves (at San Pietro In Bevagna, Manduria)

Hello September. You may have brought some exciting waves today, but the excessive wind, clouds, and disappearance of the sun are not as appreciated. Can summer not be over just yet? #September #summer #waves (at San Pietro In Bevagna, Manduria)

There’s ice cream, then there’s gelato, then there’s GELATO! #gelato #Salento #Puglia #Italy  (at Dolci Tramonti Pasticceria Bar Lounge)

There’s ice cream, then there’s gelato, then there’s GELATO! #gelato #Salento #Puglia #Italy (at Dolci Tramonti Pasticceria Bar Lounge)

Picnic on the beach Puglia style. #caprese #olives #Salento #Puglia #Italy  (at San Pietro In Bevagna, Manduria)

Picnic on the beach Puglia style. #caprese #olives #Salento #Puglia #Italy (at San Pietro In Bevagna, Manduria)

Home fried fish and friselle…we are eating well! #alici #shrimp #calamari #friselle #Salento #Puglia #Italy  (at San Pietro In Bevagna, Manduria)

Home fried fish and friselle…we are eating well! #alici #shrimp #calamari #friselle #Salento #Puglia #Italy (at San Pietro In Bevagna, Manduria)

This church has carnival lights. Fascinating. #Salento #Puglia #Italy  (at San Pietro In Bevagna, Manduria)

This church has carnival lights. Fascinating. #Salento #Puglia #Italy (at San Pietro In Bevagna, Manduria)