Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Going out to a cafe in the
morning and meeting up with friends to chat is a very common social activity to
do in Europe.
We're in Lecce, Italy, and
cafes are everywhere.
But we found one that we
particularly liked, it wasn't far from
AND, it had a great view of Porto Napoli.
Come join us below!
Locals, students and tourists love
It was busy in the morning
as people whizzed by and got their espressos or espresivos at the counter then
zipped away via their motorbikes.
Items were affordable,
service was quick and it had a wide open view.
Lecce used to be a walled
city, as many of the Medieval cities were during that period of history.
The Portos were the gates
where entrance into and exit out of Lecce would be supervised.
This helped those in charge
monitor the local populations, tradesmen, and possible enemy forces.
You can see how thick these
walls were, to protect the civilization that lived inside.
Our favorite cafe was just
inside this wall and we gazed at it while we sipped our cafes and munched our
It was hard not to ponder
the history of it all.
Looking at the cafe from the opposite
To the right, outside the photo, is the Porto
Here you see the wide open area of the cafe's
There were a few days of drizzling rain while
we were there, so today, it looks a little sparse with customers.
Front door of Caffe Palmieri
There is no table service, so one must order
Then your items are placed on the counter or
on a tray and you bring them outside to your table.
Barista making cappuccinos
Our first attempts at ordering were a bit
Soon, however, this barista understood our
accents, and knew what we wanted. He then repeated our order to us before he
We got to joking with him and he enjoyed our
company each morning.
This is where Billy learned about espresivos
- they are like a mini cappuccino served in an espresso cup.
They are not made everywhere in Italy, but
apparently, they are common here in Lecce.
Cappuccino and 2 cornettas
Croissants are called cornettas here in
The one on the left has a pastry cream
filling and the one on the right has an apricot jam filling.
Freshly baked, they are often warm when they
Akaisha and Billy
Here we are at our favorite morning cafe.
This little shop was also very popular at
Happy Hour as well, and tables would be packed with those drinking Aperole or
glasses of wine.
Here Billy is showing you his cream-filled
I had the apricot jam one!
Here is our bill for 2 cappuccinos and 2
Totaling $6Euros, it comes to about $6.35USD.
Not a bad price, especially when cappuccinos
in the states can cost $2.50 and more. Then add a pastry to that... and one can
easily double this bill for 2 people.
If you are ever in Lecce, Italy, check out
Caffe Palmieri for yourselves!
Via Principi Di Savoia
(Just behind the gate of Napoli)
73100, Lecce Italia
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