A trip to South Italy 🇮🇹 

A couple of weeks ago we took our bump on her first plane journey at 25 weeks! I have some apologising to do later as we travelled with Ryanair… Luckily only almost three hours later we landed in Bari, Calabria, and could forget about the cramped conditions. Another two hours later, by car this time, we arrived near Mandatoriccio in Calabria – our weekend respite.

The aim of this trip was for my husband to capture scenery and product photos for Le Colline Bio UK new website. Le Colline is an award-winning quality foods producer, the most popular product line being their olive oils and winning them a number of international accolades. They also do different kinds of pastas, sauces, spreads and dips.

Calabria is at the toe of the boot – the extreme south of Italy as described by the locals. The beautiful bright blue sea, rocky coasts that alternate with sandy beaches, rural landscapes, a nature that is wild and mysterious, and the exquisite flavours of local food make it a very unique place to visit. The most typical dishes include hot pepper (pepperoncino), toasted bread with n’duja sausage or sardines, pork sausages, pasta sauces and fish dishes.

The people behind the Le Colline brand are extremely fortunate to be surrounded by 500 miles of Mediterranean coast, which provide them with an immensely favourable climate for the production of olive oil. This fertile environment, combined with organic fertilisation, extraction through a state-of-the-art cold press in their new mill, and advanced bottling process has delivered, what they hope, is the best and last olive oil you’ll ever wish to buy.

And I couldn’t agree more, even if I’m being slightly biased here…

Here are some of  my iPhone snaps, which don’t do the scenery or local food its true justice, so I’ve also included a gallery of my husband’s album below that paints a much better picture of what we got to experience during our such a short long weekend.

Marc Mordant Photography:

Our return journey with British Airways was actually quite disappointing too. Flying makes me jumpy and being pregnant makes me emotional so when I found out that they were out of the yoghurt they now advertise on their M&S menus I started to cry. In all fairness, we sat in row 11, quite at the start of the plane, and to be out of some products ALREADY really p…d me off. It’s just unacceptable. Rant over.

But I don’t want to end this post on such a low note. Here’s a little selection of the product photos. Mouthwatering stuff… Don’t forget to check out 🍊🍋🍈🌶🥐🍝

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