beautiful things i saw today: ancient olive tree

Puglia, Italy.  Home to 60 million live trees.  Producer of 40% of Italy's olive oil.  I know, this doesn't look like an olive tree.  It looks more like an oak tree.  That is because of it's age.  This magnificent beauty is probably 1,000 years old.  Some in the region are 2,000 years old.  Think about that for a minute.  That is during the time of the Bible!

Olive trees along the coast of the turquoise Adriatic really was a dazzling place!

Full write up of Puglia coming soon.

italian sandals

I stumbled across the most amazing small local shoe store in Ostuni, Italy, which has been around for 40 years.  If you're headed to Puglia, Ostuni is a must, along with this chic reasonably priced sandal store, Erredibi!

Front of the store:

the shoes:

When you walk in, here is what you see.  I mean, where do you start?  They are all so cute!

my shoes:

Here are the 2 pairs that I chose, and my sweet husband purchased them for me.  Looking back, I wish I had bought more for friends & family for gifts.


how can i buy these?

Erredibi has a few stores in Southern Italy.   They do have a website, but the cost to ship is twice the price of the, use it as an excuse to head to Italy!  

Although not quite the same.....some examples below of similar simple flat styles you can get in the USA.

my shoes one more time: