guest post: the boot

Salut mes amies!

Today I’m in Avignon, touring the Palais des Papes and the Pont d’Avignon. But while I’m walking the cobbled streets of the medieval, walled city, I’d like you to take a trip to Barletta, Italy with my friend Marissa from The Boot.

FYI: sometimes when I read Marissa’s posts, it feels like I’m reading about my life, except it’s in Italy, not France. I just thought I’d share that with you. Carry on.


So, I live in Italy. Barletta, to be exact, with its miles of beaches, cobblestone streets, daily fish markets, kids playing soccer, vespas beeping, castles, palm trees and good-looking people grocery shopping in heels. It’s easy to imagine that, right? You’d be surprised, though, that even after four years, I still have to pinch myself on a daily basis. Here, just for you, are the best things about living in Barletta:

1) My street. Everybody knows everybody, ladies chat from their balconies, there are two cats that everyone communally takes care of and I’m known as “the americana.” Once I got stuck in my building because the front door wouldn’t open, and my neighbors saved me. Would that happen in America? I think not.

2. The food. This is a clichè and a half, but seriously, the food in Barletta is un-baleev-able. From super thin crust pizza to fresh caught seafood to locally grown vegetables to melt in your mouth pastries. It’s all good. And my fruit and vegetable guy is hilarious.

3. The people.  Italians are beautiful. Amazing skin, gorgeous hair, polished outfits and lots and lots of high heels. They love to stroll (to see and be seen) and I still get a kick out of their ability to be so put together everyday, all the time.

4. The market. Produce is so cheap at the market that you can go with pocket change and come back with bags of the freshest fruits and vegetables. So fresh you might even find a friend in your chard.

Merci beaucoup for having me here today, Sara! If you want more tidbits of my Italian life and great new recipes to try, please stop by the boot sometime! Ciao!


grazie Marissa!
à bientôt tout le monde

10 responses to “guest post: the boot”

  1. What a great post. Sometimes I wish I could have been expated to Italy instead of France. That food looks delicious!


  2. Interesting post and observations about life in Italy – another of my favourite countries. Thin crust real Italian pizzas – wonderful! Enjoy Avignon.


  3. thank you so much sara! have fun in avignon! 🙂


  4. I hope you enjoyed your tour of Avignon with your mom. Thanks for introducing us to Marissa and the Boot. I enjoyed her post about Barletta.


  5. Hope you have a wonderful time, Sara! And thanks for sharing Marissa!


  6. Can't wait to read more from her… thanks for sharing 🙂


  7. Congrats on a great post, Marissa! It's so nice to meet you. Thank you for giving us a little peak into your Italian life…I'm going to mozy on over to The Boot now…ps: Hi Sarah! xo.


  8. The food! The food tastes of what it's made of here and seems to be similar to Le Petit Village! I'm loving it in Belgium.


  9. This blog normally gets so many comments! It is disappointing to see that the followers could not comment on such a good blog post. It may be just a guest post but this blogger took the time to share with French bloggers her life in Italy. Show some acknowledgement, don't be such blog snobs!


  10. Sara Louise – you have to tell me each thing that is on that table to eat. I want to set a table just like that and eat all that delicious stuff. I am begging you.:)


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