Our love affair with the Mediterranean did not begin with wine, though of course food has always been a theme. In fact it started with ancient history, especially ancient Greece and its colonies (and hence Southern Italy) and then with wild flowers. Spring holidays are of course a perfect time to visit both temples and remote unspoilt places.
The following photos are were mainly taken in one twenty minute stop as we crossed the Murgia. The flowers on this occasion were literally road side. It would be great to spend more time with knowledgeable people to explore more – but just as encouraging to see what is literally below your feet, if you slow down to have a look. To the bulk of the photos I have a added a few taken on other occasions in April 2011, in other parts of the same visit to Puglia and above the gorge at Matera in neighbouring Basilicata. They all show the beauty of common things.