Local Specialty in Bari, Apulia – Orecchiette

I had read about this type of pasta in an article in the New York Times, so it was on my list of foods to try. Orecchiette means little ears. They are made from semolina and water, that’s all. Semolina gives this pasta a different texture, which also helps absorb the sauce much better. This is a very tasty dish.


As the weather was so pleasant for late November, women would sit outside to make Orecchiette. This was one of the first things I saw on my first morning there.

Making Orecchiette

While getting a closer look at her work, I also discovered a new pasta making gadget – the dust pan.

Making Orecchiette outside in Bari, Italy

Orecchiette need two hours to dry in this special drying table.

It seemed as if every home was engaged in Orecchiette making. Orecchiette come in different sizes, colors, small and large bags, etc.

Homemade Orecchiette

I was tempted to buy a bag to take back to Germany. Years of traveling have taught me otherwise though. It does not taste the same at home. Or you put it in the cupboard with the other items. Believe me, when I tell you I’ve just located the olives I had bought in Thessaloniki last November.

French Street Advertisements

Another morning stroll through Biarritz showing different ways of advertising, from asking for compassion (cat) to trendy economics (Russian tourists).

This cat got a lot of attention, more than if its owner had been nearby.

Beggar in Biarritz

Bastard Joël is running a kitchen and bathroom business of some sort.

Bastard Joël

I had been surprised to hear quite a bit of Russian spoken at the beach. Now this sign made it official – yes, there are quite a few Russian tourists around here.

Biarritz is rather international with English-speaking tourists. To hear German is rare, but I heard some Spanish earlier today. And much Russian at the beach yesterday.


Stylish Sicilian Silhouettes

Among the photos, taken by our daughter, in Sicily (April 2010), I found this to be the most striking and representative of the Sicilian dress style.

(with friendly permission from the photographer, Margo Shipley)

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